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

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The Names You Drop are Second Hand

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.

Like Mustard Plug, the album I shared is partly to give you context for the next album (really EP) I’m going to share, so keep an eye out for that. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

The Sweet – Desolation Boulevard (1974)

Tim admitted his share for this week is for one song. He’s never heard the full album, just a few tracks – and I’ve only heard their big hit.

This band came out of the UK in the ’70s, but now nobody really remembers them for anything but The Ballroom Blitz, which never appeared on a UK album and was only on the US version of Desolation Boulevard … so make sure you listen to that version of the album. 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

Secret Abilities & It Gets Worse

A year ago I changed jobs and moved from a college town to a bigger city. It took me a year of trying to connect with people I already knew in town to branch out a bit on a quest to find some musical collaborators. I didn’t actually have to look that far.

You see a while ago, my band played a show and we needed some other people to play with us and out trombone player suggested his brother’s band.

They happen to be based in the town I just moved to. So since I had already played a show with them once, I asked if they needed another musician.

So I joined another band.

Which was timely, because they had a show coming up.

There was supposed to be four bands, but the drummer of The Commonalities broke his ankle or wrist or something. Anyway, the point is that he couldn’t play and they couldn’t replace him last-minute, so they pulled out. And we couldn’t find another band two days before the gig.

Also, let me add here that I don’t really understand this poster. I didn’t design it. Pee-Wee Herman? Awkward. Dolly Parton in … some sort of jungle cat print? Weird. Together? Awkweird. Speaking of awkweird…. Continue reading