It seems like almost every step along the way, Metallica have had critics jump on them for notable creative decisions. Ride the Lightning marked the first notable example of the band slowing their tempo with “Fade to Black.” ..And Justice for All saw them making their first music video in “One”, something that the band … Continue reading When Two Become One: Metallica’s Load and Reload
Toys That Rock!
We still can’t enjoy our favourite musicians on tour, but if you are a kid at heart like me with an active imagination, then you can simply take a tour of your room or living space and reenact the live experience. How is that, exactly? I’m a toy collector. Yes, on top of my music, … Continue reading Toys That Rock!
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
I’m getting back to the point where I want to dust off my acoustic guitar and get back into playing it. I’ve owned it for around five years, but my level of self-criticism towards my playing is so harsh that I end up leaving it in the case for far too long. While I can … Continue reading Curt Mitchell
Small Things That Upset Me (and other Blog B-Sides)
“What’s for dinner, mom?” “Leftovers.” That dreaded L-word could ruin an evening for me when I’d come home on a school day. There were never leftovers of my favourite foods (Shake N’ Bake chicken, Cheesy Beefy Potato Pie), just those that were kind of less… sexy (sexy in a food sort of way). But as … Continue reading Small Things That Upset Me (and other Blog B-Sides)
Tales Of The Unauthorized – Metal Thunder Comics (Metallica)
I can always find an excuse to talk about Metallica. If that excuse comes in the form of an obscure collectible I only recently learned existed, then all the better. A random eBay scroll showed me the above cover, and I knew I had to own this. I didn’t know why Metallica are … Continue reading Tales Of The Unauthorized – Metal Thunder Comics (Metallica)
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 Letter to Jason
A couple weeks ago, I asked my parents and sister to keep on the lookout around their house for a couple pieces of music memorabilia I remembered buying in college. Their efforts were fruitless, and I found them in the attic on a visit a few days later (I may discuss “them” in the future). … Continue reading A Letter to Jason
Tales of the Unauthorized – Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers (The Early Years)
Metallica is a band that pushes my nostalgia meter into the red like few others. Naturally, the relatively recent news of a deluxe box set reissue of their essential Master of Puppets album made me as giddy as a schoolboy. As I already have a copy of the album, my brother (who needs it) rushed … Continue reading Tales of the Unauthorized – Metallica: Bay Area Thrashers (The Early Years)