Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown

June 28, 2009 by  

15 years ago, I reluctantly plucked the new Green Day album off the shelves at Venture (poor man’s Target), which was “Dookie”. I hated this band. I was a teenager who was just discovering his musical roots, and had just fallen in love with bands like R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants, and resented this so-called “punk” band after really liking the Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Minor Threat, bands that had a little more meaning. Green Day, to me, was a sell out from the get-go.... Keep Reading...

Kaiser Chiefs – “Off With Their Heads”

December 17, 2008 by  

They’re not blazing a trail. They’re not bringing rock and roll to a new level. They’re not even saving it. They just want some tea, and watch some football. And play some music. And they do it well. Kaiser Chiefs first caught my fancy a few years ago with their fantastic debut “Employment”, which almost played like a greatest hits album. From beginning to end, the album just moved. And grooved. It was only a few years later that they’d be trying to follow that... Keep Reading...

Ben Folds – Way to Normal

November 30, 2008 by  

Ben Folds was a nerdy teenager’s best friend and when you’re going through that awkward phase, songs like “Underground” and “The Battle of Who Could Care Less” helped get through those years with at least a little bit of joy. His band, Ben Folds Five, was a fun group who not only put out some solid albums in the late 90’s, but also put on some of the most fun concerts I’ve ever been to. They broke up as a band but Ben Folds came out strong in his first... Keep Reading...

Shiny Toy Guns – Season of Poison

November 30, 2008 by  

I was first introduced to this band through FIFA 07’s soundtrack, featuring their single “You Are The One”. I was a pretty big fan of the song, so I checked them out on iTunes and wound up getting their aptly titled debut “We Are Pilots” as a Christmas gift back in 2006. I was impressed with the fact that this band didn’t sound like a lot of other “indie” or even pop-techno-dance-thrash music (not that there’s a whole lot of it out there). They... Keep Reading...

Beck – Modern Guilt

September 30, 2008 by  

“Modern Guilt” may be the most inviting Beck album he’s produced, snappier than “Guero”, and dare I say, wispy, clocking in with only 10 tracks and a run time of just under 34 minutes. Though the most ardent Beck fans may pine for the days of “Odelay” or “Sea Change” (his best album, in my opinion), this is definitely accessible and an easy, breezy listen. A few songs stand out, like “Replica”, and “Gamma Ray”, but most... Keep Reading...

Weezer – The Red Album

July 29, 2008 by  

WARNING: This is a long review. It’s a comprehensive look at Weezer culminating in a review for the Red album. Bear with it, I beg of you! On a cool October night in 1994, I walked down the streets of my suburban domicile in Illinois, to the only “record” store that was close enough to walk to. I didn’t have driving privileges  yet, and I didn’t feel like bringing my parents into my urge to buy an album from a new band that called themselves Weezer. Their newest hit,... Keep Reading...

REM – Accelerate

July 15, 2008 by  

I haven’t bought an REM album since “Reveal”, and I only listened to it once before being very tempted to throw it out the window of my car. I was so disappointed after a pretty good effort with the “The Man on the Moon” soundtrack, and not only was the album pretty boring except for a few tracks–Stipe just seemed to lose it with the lyrical edge. REM was one of my favorite bands growing up. I not only enjoyed the music, but the lyrics were so abstract and thought... Keep Reading...

Tom Waits Glitter & Doom Tour

May 15, 2008 by  

I saw on YouTube the “press conference” that Waits put together for this upcoming summer tour…and I’m pretty peeved that it’s not coming to Chicago. But it is coming to Columbus, OH and St. Louis, MO. I tried looking on ticketmaster for tickets…none available. So I guess I missed the boat…goddamnit… he is probably the only one left that is on my list of “have to see before I die”. He better keep on living! “downtown train” (rod... Keep Reading...