If You’re Tossin’ and You’re Turnin’ and You Just Can’t Fall Asleep

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.

Bamboo – Light Peace Love (2005)

Going into this album, all I knew about this album is that this is Pinoy Rock, but only one song is in Tagalog. Continue reading

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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