What do You Want Me to Say?

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

After getting Mustard Plug and then The Beam Me Up Ska-Ts for context, I shared an album this week I meant to share when it got released (less than a month ago), but I was busy finishing grad school and such, so that plan didn’t work.

Scheming Thieves – A Classic Ruse (2018)

I like this album, but I’m not sure I love it (except the raccoon artwork – I do love that). It’s like being told you’re going to get Catch-22 and you think Keasbey Nights, but you get Alone in a Crowd or Dinosaur Sounds instead. Not really a bad thing, but not what I was expecting from a group of guys I know to be heavily influenced by Streetlight Manifesto. I think, overall, I got more punk influence than ska. The whole album is a little angrier. Not to say Streetlight isn’t angry. It’s just … complicated (like that whole paragraph if you’re not up on your Catch-22/Streetlight history). Continue reading


All that He Wants, If Not All that He Needs

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. Sometimes we review that music and share our comments with the rest of the group – but that doesn’t always happen.

Mustard Plug – Evildoers Beware! (1997)

Next week is the four-year anniversary of my friends and I playing this game. I have no idea what I’m going to do for that.

But at the end of next week, some friends are releasing an album. And while I don’t know what their sound is like, I know what their last band sounded like: Mustard Plug. So before I share my friends’ album (look for that in two weeks), I thought I’d put it in context and share this album. Continue reading

I Get the Funny Feeling That’s Alright

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.

Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

We’ve made it nearly two years without anyone sharing any Green Day. Not that they’re mind-blowing, but they are a big name in the pop punk scene, so it is a little surprising we’ve covered other punk artists before these guys. Continue reading

I’m in Love and it’s a Sunny Day

For almost two 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 Beatles – Revolver (1966)

The Beatles are on Spotify (finally), so Spencer celebrated by sharing his favorite of their records. Continue reading

Sleeping Very Soundly on a Saturday Morning

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I have this list of albums I want to share, plus I have a couple of notes at the bottom for some other things. Like when, a year ago, we decided to share a cover we though was better than the original. I started thinking through covers I liked and made a list. And even though I shared one, I have a bunch of others that I don’t know when I’m going to share them. So I’m going to do that this week. But first:

Steely Dan – Aja (1977)

I’ve only been a radio Steely Dan listener. Not because I haven’t liked what I heard, I’m just kinda lazy and haven’t sought out more. Well, here we go. Continue reading

It was the Roar of the Crowd that Gave Me Heartache to Sing

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.

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)

I think the only song from this album I have heard before is the title track. And from that little exposure, I think Chris described them perfectly when he shared this album:

“…it is very Queen-tastic. Large, bombastic melodies, epic double guitar solos, a powerful and energetic vocalist, hard rockin’ grooves…. I give you The Black Parade, a grandiose concept album centered around death…. This album (and the band in general) are much more Tim Burton in their doom and gloom than anything else. Believe you me…when this album first came out, I was on the other side of the fence. I didn’t want anything to do with this group. But one listen to first single “Welcome to the Black Parade” (which I’m sure you’ve all heard) and it was like a slap in the face. I couldn’t help it. That song and has one of the most epic melodies of the last decade.” Continue reading

myTunes Nobody Playlist Blogpost

Ever heard of the iTunes Celebrity Playlist Podcast? Celebrities (Steve Martin, Whoopee Goldberg, Ringo Starr, Clint Eastwood, etc.) would come on and talk about music. I really like the musicians who would come on and talk about the music which influenced them as musicians. Mic Fleetwood talking about drummers, Slash talking about guitarists, etc. It was pretty good and I’m not sure why they stopped.

Before our last show, one of the bands I play with was invited to a local radio show to guest DJ. I’m not sure where the communications breakdown was, but I thought it was going to be like the iTCPP. Instead, it was like a normal radio show with occasional talking by us the band. It was kinda fun, but I don’t know that I’d do it again if the format stays the same. Continue reading