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

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A Sudden Taste of Magic

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Winery Dogs – Hot Streak (2015)

Spencer shared another blues rock band he discovered, but this time it’s a bit harder. And it features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater on drums. Continue reading

Nothing is New

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.

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

After I shared what I did for the week, Tim suggested we all share our favorite album that has come out in the two years since we started playing this game. And it’s a great idea. Except I already shared (and I don’t listen to a ton of new music, so I’d have to think about it a little more). But here’s Tim’s: another Black Keys album. Continue reading

I Think I’m Slowly Going Sane

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 Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

I remember listening to my brother’s copy of this album. Possibly without his knowledge.

He had it on CD, so to me it was like two albums – Dawn to Dusk and Twilight to Starlight. Although I don’t know that each of those felt self-contained. This week I found out that the vinyl version was three records and each side was an EP – Dawn, Tea Time, Dusk, Twilight, Midnight and Starlight. After listening to the whole thing, I’m not sure it feels like six EPs. Continue reading

I Know Just What You’re Saying

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 Cars – The Cars (1978)

This is (apparently) the album that ushered in new wave rock. At least into the mainstream. I haven’t heard much from this album, pretty much just the singles, but what I heard doesn’t sound a lot like later ’80s new wave. But I like what I’ve heard from The Cars. I’m excited to listen to more. Continue reading

My Get Up and Go Must Have Got Up and Went

Some of my co-workers and I have been sharing some of our favorite music, rating them, reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another. I thought I’d share my thoughts on their suggestions (and their thoughts on mine) with you here.

Here’s how I rate things. If I give something one star, it means I don’t think it qualifies as music. Five stars mean I wish I wrote the thing. Most music for me is a three.

Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic (1975)

I guarantee everyone has heard Walk this Way and Sweet Emotion, even if they didn’t know they were by Aerosmith. This is another one of those albums I could listen to on vinyl. I don’t think I purchased this myself. I think this was a find in my uncle’s basement sometime when I was helping him move. And I kept it based on name recognition of those two songs alone.

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