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

Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI (by Fender)

Here’s a subject I’m certain will be a rare occurrence to the Armchair Maestro pages. The capacity for storing more instruments in my apartment is practically non-existent, and I don’t think the others warrant as interesting a discussion. That could very well change if inspiration strikes, but for the time being I’ll introduce you to … Continue reading Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI (by Fender)

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!

What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

Here’s what I’d call a good case for why it makes sense to keep your music collection sorted alphabetically without subdividing it further. Genres of music are descriptors that can be super-simplistic or so complicatedly-nuanced that classifications could cause months-long debates across internet discussion groups if you find two stubborn enough music fans not willing … Continue reading What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

My First Exposure to Anthrax

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