Enough to Raise a Dead Man from His Grave

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

WAR – The World is a Ghetto (1972)

It’s War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

That’s not true. It’s really good for long jams, and there are some other good things, too. You just have to look past the length of the songs. Continue reading

You Dance Me ‘round a Dusty Porch

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The DoneFors – Award Winning Album (2011)

That’s The “Done For”s, as in “they are a group of people in a situation so bad it is impossible to get out of.”

Here’s what they had to say about this album: “Pretty, naughty things, melancholy traveling, false heroes, small town woes, political cost, and lost memories are themes explored in this sophomore achievement.”

They say their signature sound “spans genres, stretches boundaries, and stays rooted in an instrument’s organic sound” and that they “make a valiant attempt to defy what is hip in order to make music for musicians, music for pets, and music for music lovers to discover and appreciate when The DoneFors have died; literally.” Continue reading

In the Morning When the Day is New

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)

I think this is the only Beach Boys album I own. Or have even listen to all the way through. I know it might not actually be true, but it seems like some people are “Beach Boys” people rather than “Beatles” people, others are “Rolling Stones” people, and still others are “Aerosmith” people. Sure there’s some overlap, but I’m a Beatles guy. And I can totally see how Tim, who shared this album, is a Beach Boys kind of guy.

This week I started a new job and I have a 45 minute commute (for now, while we’re getting things in order to buy a house significantly closer to work). This week has been mostly a lot of meetings. Or online training modules. So while I listened to everything while I worked, I also turned this on a couple of days for my commute. And it was great for the drive. Continue reading

Why Don’t You Take Another Little Piece of My Soul

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)

This is one of those albums I listened to on vinyl. Not that it really makes a difference, but there’s just something about laying on the floor at the end of a long day, listening to the quiet static of a needle as the record starts.

I tend to think of this as two separate EPs. The A side (Bookends to Bookends) as a one concept EP and the B side as just a collection of other songs.

I know it’s one of “the arts,” but like dance, I don’t always think of music (especially “popular” music) that way. Simon and Garfunkel are one of the few groups who make me remember music really is art. And this album specifically does so. Continue reading

It Don’t Mean Much

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Trouble is (1997)

I’m not sure what I was expecting to hear, but this wasn’t it. I know there’s a saying about judging things by their cover, but this album’s cover screams late ’90s to me. So while the graphic design is true-to-era, it doesn’t really prepare you for the musical content of the album. This is some groovy, blues-based southern rock.

It has pretty clean, technically impressive guitar riffs and solos. I don’t know that I always care for the sound of his voice, but that’s not why I’d listen to this. By the way, I think his best vocal performance was on Somehow, Somewhere, Someway, which sounded like some other band I’ve heard on the radio, but I can’t exactly put my finger on who. Continue reading

I Find My Way into the Same Old Jam

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Led Zeppelin’s self-titled (1969)

This is not my favorite Zeppelin studio album. That distinction goes to III (with a score of 3.6/5). Nor is this my least favorite. That would be Presence which still gets a straight 3/5, so it’s not like there’s a huge gap between them. This ties for my third favorite, with a 3.4/5.
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There’s a Ton of the Twist but We’re Fresh Out of Shout

For more than a year, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Weather Report – Black Market (1976)

I haven’t listened to a ton of Weather Report. I discovered them one semester in college when I was taking a history of jazz class and a class about arranging jazz and improving small combo playing/soloing skills. I had been into more big band swing stuff, but that semester I started listening to a wider ranger of jazz. But I had such a breadth, I never went very deep into an artists’ catalogue. So this was the first time I’ve listened to this album. Continue reading