Category Archives: Music

And the Best Album of 2014 is…

Joy: 1967-1990, by Ultra Vivid Scene (same as it’s been for 24 years now.)

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Let’s Look at the Record: Soul of the Machine

Yes, this is a Windham Hill sampler. Windham Hill, for those not familiar, is (was?) a record label that, in the 80s and 90s, released a lot of what was called “New Age” music. Although named because it was beloved … Continue reading

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My Halloween Jams

This Is My Jam is a silly little website where you can declare a song your jam of the moment. You follow other people, see their jams, and can hear some neat music that way. It’s a fun little time-waster. … Continue reading

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I Had That! #29: Depeche Mode “Live in Hamburg” Poster

Mentioning this item is probably overkill. The band Depeche Mode and the influence it had on me growing up has been well covered multiple times, so I don’t know what more I can say here that will add much. Sure, … Continue reading

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I Had That! #26: Aiwa HS-T06 Tape Player

This installment of “I Had That!” (the halfway point, it should be noted) might be more aptly titled, “I Think I Had That?” because I’m not 100% certain this is in fact the item in question: my first portable tape … Continue reading

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Five Songs: Fleet Foxes, Tiamat, Dance for the Dying, Paradise Lost, Bastille

Way back in October I asked folks here, on Twitter, and on Facebook, to supply me with five songs they want me to listen to. I dutifully collected the lists and then ignored them for months. A couple of people … Continue reading

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It Might Have Been Better Without All that Dialogue and Action and Sound Effects and Visuals

I watched The World’s End the other day, a sort of bonus movie amid all these other movies I’ve been watching. It was okay. The best thing about it was the soundtrack, a collection of great tracks from the early … Continue reading

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Let’s Look at the Record: Some Great Reward

Depeche Mode, and this, their fourth album, cannot be overstated in the development of my musical taste or self. For a long time I had liked some bands, and had some albums, but didn’t really have any favorites that stuck … Continue reading

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