Does music have a healing power to it? I wanted to start off this piece with a link to some articles or studies about the how music can help comfort or heal us, but I feel that would be a bit pointless. It’s just something I know to be true for me, and I’m hard … Continue reading King’s X and the Healing Power of Music
Have you ever made an incorrect assumption about a musician regarding where they were from? Not that it’s necessarily all that important, but I’ll safely say you have been mistaken on more than one occasion. Nobody is perfect, and I’m definitely among the flawed. I’m not sure how someone is able to tell where an … Continue reading Artists from Parts Unknown
This series of entries is always fun for me to knock out. The cover artwork is a large part of the appeal to those who still insist on carrying a physical music collection in their living spaces into 2019 and beyond. Looking at these images through iTunes, Spotify, or other means of digital playback leaves … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art III
Before now, I’ve been using my Music Meets Gaming series to cover music-related video games. I didn’t realize it when I thought it up, but I actually left the title somewhat open-ended. A game could be anything really, be it video, board, card, dice, or… whatever this 90s relic classifies as. The Barcode Battler seems … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Barcode Battler
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? No? I get it. You’re avoiding the malls in fear of being bombarded with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” or whatever pseudo-holiday songs are being spun by the latest manufactured boy band, right? That’s my theory of why online retailers are becoming more popular … Continue reading A Christmas Mixtape
Isn’t it a great feeling when you go somewhere with no intention of buying music, yet you end up buying music? I had been trying to cut back on music purchases in anticipation of hitting up a record shop in late-October, but nonetheless, these purchases somehow found me. Yes, I know how weak-willed that sounds. … Continue reading 2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)
It seems like it’s been awhile since making a post, but I have a good reason for the absence. I’ve had my head buried in comic books. Well, that’s a good reason for me, anyway! Gathering up back issues of The Punisher, G.I. Joe, and Mad magazine at various locations during summer vacationing got me … Continue reading Comic Strips in Album Sleeves? What a Concept!
Have you ever heard a single song of a band or artist that gave you a misleading impression about their overall sound? That is exactly what happened to me when listening to Anthrax for the first time. My initial exposure to the band may not have been very different from most people’s, by finding the … Continue reading My First Exposure to Anthrax
Here’s another tale ripped straight out of Dream Land. As some of you may have surmised by the title, to say I’m looking forward to seeing Slayer in a few weeks is an understatement. While Jeff Hanneman is unfortunately no longer with us, Gary Holt is a more than capable replacement, as any fan of … Continue reading Dream Notes – Hell Awaits (The Man Who Forgets His Tickets)
There are so many aspects in which to analyze an album’s artwork. There’s no rule book when it comes to their conception, legal issues notwithstanding (see Van Morrison’s recent Roll with The Punches). Most music fans will tell you that not all album covers are created equally, the most intricate of which could rival the … Continue reading Album Covers To Experience
If I were to nominate a single image to summarize the excesses of the hair metal genre, this one would certainly be up for consideration. I found this clipping in the back pages of one of my Rock 'N' Roll Comics issues. In comic books from the late-80s and early-90s, I’m more accustomed to seeing … Continue reading Call the Warrant Hotline!
No need for a long-winded explanation of this post (see my first edition of this series here). I’m back with five more album cover variations I have encountered while exploring different musical avenues, so I’ll get right to it. Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation Even though I own From Genesis To Revelation, I often … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art II