Music Press Photos

You know those glossy, black and white photos that celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld would sign for fans while on the road, and write quips on them as regrettable as “Nothing’s finer than being in your diner” or worse? I collect those. I’ve seen plenty of bars and dining establishments display signed pictures of musicians or … Continue reading Music Press Photos

Collect-A-Books (Music Edition)

What childhood was complete without having a few pocketbooks scattered throughout your room? They made for a great quick gift idea since they were a fraction of the cost of a full-sized book, and allowed you to keep a reduced book collection in as little as a shoe box versus the necessity of shelving (yes, … Continue reading Collect-A-Books (Music Edition)

Alternate Album Cover Art IV

There doesn’t seem like much to do as a music fan these days. Thankfully, I can still order albums over the internet, though the stacks of them flooding my modest apartment make me look much like a hoarder. Organizing music is always a good activity, especially when you find the odd record that you haven’t … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art IV

Music Meets Gaming – Crüe Ball

Electronic Arts and the Sega Genesis were a match made in heaven. The number of games with EA branding that you’ll see garnering mentions in discussions of underrated Genesis gems, never mind the diversity of said games, makes for as good an introduction to the 16-bit era of console games as any. From my own … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Crüe Ball

My Complicated Feelings About Kiss

Kiss are probably one of the bands I have known about for the longest, but didn’t necessarily put their image and their music together right away. I may have heard “Rock and Roll All Nite” or “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” on a radio, and seen a variety of parodies of groups with their … Continue reading My Complicated Feelings About Kiss

Captured Concerts

One activity that I’ve been meaning to do before I get too forgetful is to type out all the concerts that I have attended in my life. It may lack a few of the gigs that I saw in high school or some from smaller-scale local bands, but I’d estimate that the so-called ‘significant’ shows … Continue reading Captured Concerts

A Hockey-Music Medley

I’m only weeks removed from having participated in my first fantasy hockey draft, and even as a decades-long fan of the sport I felt I was in way over my head. If we got to draft from the rosters in NHL 95, I’d have had the league locked up before the first puck dropped. Regardless, … Continue reading A Hockey-Music Medley

Asking for Music as a Gift

Look at these two knuckleheads. Typical teenagers with typical naive teenage dreams and typical teenage hygiene. Hell, one of them (admittedly, me) has the nerve of trying to pass a Fruit of the Loom undershirt as a proper t-shirt. Those smiles aren’t just out of appreciation for the Crocodile Hunter-themed birthday cake in front of … Continue reading Asking for Music as a Gift

Music Anti-Videos

The evolution of music videos is an interesting one. Back in the 60s and 70s, it was fairly common for pop/rock artists would burst into the mainstream with appearances on late-night talk shows or through performances on shows such as Top Of The Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test, or Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Bands did … Continue reading Music Anti-Videos

Please Make My Album Cover!

While I’ve never had a musical project that escaped the confines of a jam room or apartment, I often find myself admiring album art in wonder of what artistic styles would be appropriate for any particular sound. As good as the work of many of the more heavily-utilized cover artists can be, I feel I’d … Continue reading Please Make My Album Cover!