Keep What You Love

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Flametal – Heavy Mellow (2010)

When Spencer introduced this album of flamenco covers of classic metal tunes, I immediately thought of Rodrigo y Gabriela, although after listen I feel like it’s more like Apocalyptica.

I’m not sure if this is just Benjamin Woods or if he has some other guys playing with him, of if he just dubs it all himself. Continue reading

Take What They Give You and You Keep it Inside

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Lisa Loeb – Tails (1995)

Tim isn’t known to share (mostly) acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, but here you go. This is something his wife introduced him to and has stuck with him.

She reminds me of an un-politically charged Ani diFranco. Not exactly chill. Obviously passionate. The chords changes and melodic structures aren’t what I’d expect, but the execution is great. Some bands make it sound like their atypical songwriting was a mistake, but her band (Nine Stories) is tight. Continue reading

At Your Most Beautiful

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Charlie Hunter – Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (2016)

Based on how much I liked his surf-rock Christmas album, I was pretty excited to give this follow up a listen. Continue reading

We Can Do Better Than That

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm (2017)

Katy Perry released this song a few days before the Grammy’s and performed it at the awards show. I’m not sure if Tim was sharing the studio version or the live version (which you can find here), but in the absence of anything else this week, it was easy to listen to both. Continue reading

Come a Little Closer, You’ll Understand

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Return to Forever – Romantic Warrior (1976)

I’ve listened to these guys and this album before, also at Spencer’s suggestion, after a discussion of prog rock influences on video game soundtrack composers like Koji Kondo. Continue reading

The Promise of a Brave New World

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

With the Grammy’s coming up, we thought we’d go with one of the past nominees for album of the year:

Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

Here is a monster of classic rock. This is the album I’d listen to while I shoveled snow off my parents’ driveway. Not because of any messages in the songs, it just took me more than an hour to clear the driveway and sidewalks (my parents have a big driveway). Continue reading

Pull Yourself Together, ‘Cause You Know You Should Do Better

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Queen – News of the World (1977)

More Queen! While this album opens with some classics, I actually haven’t heard anything else off this record. So I’m kind of excited for this. Continue reading