The Stained-Glass Curtain You’re Hiding Behind

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.

Weezer – Pacific Daydream (2017)

Weezer‘s latest release, only a couple of days old.

The first thing I have to say is that the artwork seems very un-Weezer-y. It looks like art, instead of just a picture of the four of them, and I like it. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Them Applaude

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.

Jefferson Starship – Red Octopus (1975)

Tim was going to share Queen’s The Works, but after realizing he shared that album last November, he went with Jefferson Starship. They’re a classic rock radio staple, but I’ve never really taken a dive into their catalog. Continue reading

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

She’s Gone, and She’s Wearing Your Red Sweater

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.

Some weeks are heavier or more dense than other weeks. Not that this week was whipped cream, but it was lighter.

Greg Kihn Band – RocKihnRoll (1981)

When Tim shared this album, he made me feel like I should have heard The Breakup Song before. But I haven’t. Tim will be flabbergasted. Continue reading

Set Me on a Silver Sun, For I Know that I’m Free

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.

Manchester Orchestra – Cope (2014)

I have heard of ManOrch (a nickname my friend Spencer decided to try out, but I think would be better without the “h,” but that might be misleading), but I hadn’t yet heard anything by them.

Heads up: The Ocean and All that I Really Wanted each have an F-bomb. If there are any more than that on the album, I didn’t hear them. Continue reading

I’m Not the One You Thought You Knew Back in High School

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.

This week I shared an album that follows in the same vein as my suggestion from last week. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)

Scott is also continuing from his suggestion from last week. Which means I’m steadily going backwards through MJ’s core discography. I fully expect someone to share Off the Wall sometime in the future. Although to be honest, I look forward to the stuff before that more – the spin-off Jackson 5 Motown soul stuff as opposed to the solo ’80s disco pop funk stuff.

I know it’s the ’80s and there were synths and by my 2015 standards they are dated and not so good. Unless otherwise stated, I’d prefer to hear the song with more “timeless” keyboard sounds. Continue reading

I’ve Been Here Times Before

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.

This week I didn’t share an album. A year ago, we shared a playlist of songs from high school. A year later, I’m sharing a mix of songs that inspired me in my rock band from high school.

A number of factors have led to me thinking about this recently.

  1. I got back in touch with the guys from my high school band (rock band, not symphonic/marching band)(although I guess our drummer was in that band with me, too).
  2. As a by-product of that, I invited Scott to play this game with us (since he was in that rock band).
  3. While I have shard some of my early musical influences with you guys before (The Beatles, Eagles, Black Sabbath, Fountains of Wayne, Weezer), Scott’s recent Elvis suggestion really got me thinking about my musical influences.

I put down some other influences just to get my mind going. They were bands that someone else had already shared in this game and I didn’t want to repeat. Bands like Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Buddy Holly, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, ChicagoCat Stevens, Everclear, Bon Jovi, Kiss, AC/DC, and maybe a little Judas Priest, too. I’m sure Scott might point out some other cover we did or influence I’m not thinking of, but this is what I came up with.

But first, here’s what my friends suggested I listen to this week. Not that there’s anything wrong with it or that I’m complaining, but both albums shared with me this week come from artists we’ve already visited in this game. There have been weeks when one of the three or four have revisited an artist, but this is the first time that everything I listened to has been a repeat of an artist.

Boston – Third Stage (1986)

I really haven’t listened to a ton of Boston – pretty much just the hits. On this album, that means I had only heard Amanda, which I’ve never really been a fan of (I think the lyrics are a little corny) and didn’t make me want to go out and listen to more Boston, even though what I had heard from their first album was awesome. Continue reading