The In-Betweeners – Dean Menta

Did you ever see a band tour with a new member only to see that person be replaced before heading back to the studio for a new album? I’ll call these types of musicians ‘in-betweeners’, if only to give their distinction more of a cute title. It’s an occurrence that’s not all that rare. In … Continue reading The In-Betweeners – Dean Menta

Artists from Parts Unknown

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

Tales Of The Unauthorized – R.E.M Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book

I’m always leery when I approach an album that falls outside the scope of a band’s studio discography. Smartphone technology allows a for quick check of an album’s legitimacy, but there are some occasions where you are willing to throw caution to the wind. The time that I found this little R.E.M.-themed package was one … Continue reading Tales Of The Unauthorized – R.E.M Interview Disc & Fully Illustrated Book

Alternate Album Cover Art III

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

Music Meets Gaming – Barcode Battler

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

A Christmas Mixtape

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

Music Meets Gaming – Journey Escape

Sometimes, the search for a video game can rival the search for an album. Finally found one! It’s really nothing to rave about, but when I finally spotted a copy of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) at what I deemed to be a fair price, I couldn’t pass it up. … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Journey Escape

2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)

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)

Music Video Crushes

I’m a simple man. I see a pretty woman, and I react accordingly. No, not with cat calls or other inappropriate comments, but there’s something about beautiful people that can have a healing quality. I know I’ve encountered women in my day-to-day that have changed the day’s trajectory from negative to positive just by a … Continue reading Music Video Crushes

Comic Strips in Album Sleeves? What a Concept!

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!