We’ve All Seen Better Days

For a couple of years 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.

Styx – Paradise Theatre (1981)

I really love Styx. They hold a special place in my heart. Part of it is this game and part is because my computer with all my music died a year and a half ago (and I’ve only slowly been putting all my music back on my new computer), but I don’t think I’ve really listened to any Styx in a year – not since Spencer shared The Grand Illusion. Continue reading

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I Know Things Could Never Be the Same

For a couple of years 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.

Four Tet – Rounds (2003)

Here’s an electronic album by a Brit named Kieran Hebden, released under his stage name. And that’s all I know about it. Continue reading

Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

For a couple of years 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.

Now that it’s after Memorial Day, public schools are letting out, and it’s getting pretty warm outside, I think it’s summer. So I shared an album that feels like summer to me. But before I get to that, here’s what my friends suggested:

Big Star – #1 Record (1972)

I know next to nothing about this band or album. But they’re Beatles-influenced power pop, so I feel like I should have at least heard of them before. The key is “Beatles-influenced”. Expecting The Beatles would be a mistake, especially when listening to Chris Bell’s vocals. I don’t hate them, but I prefer Alex Chilton’s. Anyway, I can hear The Beatles’ influence in the songwriting and the sound of the guitars, etc. Continue reading

I Got Your Meaning Between the Lines

For a couple of years 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.

I know it was Memorial Day this week, and while I could have gone with an album with a topically relevant song, I didn’t want to make a theme out of it. So I went another direction. But first, here’s what my friends had to share:

Queen – The Game (1980)

Tim shared another Queen album. Queen has been shared more than any other artist in the past two years we’ve been playing this game. This is their seventh album he’s shared in that time (not counting the Freddie solo album). And Tim is sure to share more. Plus, Bohemian Rhapsody is the most shared song. Aside from the studio and live versions, it has also shown up in music videos and mixes. Continue reading