Songs Everyone Should Know - Mad Season's River Of Deceit 

There are times I can’t get through this song without crying. The song really struck a chord with me when I first heard it. There is a rawness to it, which goes beyond even the normal approach which Layne Staley adopted, which tended to leave emotions torn apart and lying dissected for everyone to see. And when you… » 4/17/15 8:00pm Friday 8:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Screaming Trees' Revelator

Some songs just get lodged in my head and it takes days and repeated listenings to clear them. A few days ago I caught Revelator on one of my playlists and the damn song just stuck. I've been a fan of Screaming Trees for a long time, though it took me a bit longer to find my way to really appreciate them. When… » 4/15/15 9:30pm Wednesday 9:30pm

Parenting and the lessening of the ability to decide how to raise kids

My cousin shared this article this morning on a social media site. And I read it, and I became livid, and terrified. I was a latchkey kid, my son who just turned sixteen was a latchkey kid, there is a decent chance that my daughter will eventually be one as well (though her situation will be different than… » 4/15/15 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - The Replicants' Destination Unknown

The Replicants is one of those albums which so few people know about, but so many people should be aware of it. But because it's purely an album of covers, by a group of musicians that were not instantly recognizable (save the vocalist for one song), and because the label wasn't sure what to do with it... Obscurity… » 4/13/15 9:30pm 4/13/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Psychic TV's I.C. Water

A couple of months ago, I went out to a local club that occasionally features a couple of the DJs from my youth, and when I got there, I was hanging around outside, talking to an old friend (ok, fine, it was one of the aforementioned DJ's). After about 3 or 4 minutes I realize that I am hearing a track I haven't heard… » 4/10/15 9:00pm 4/10/15 9:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Tennis' It All Feels The Same

I belong to a group on google plus that for the past couple of years (might be closer to three years now), one of the members (we have like 40 or 50) will post a playlist of music, whatever they feel like sharing. New, old, themed, random, whatever... About a year and a half or two years ago, someone led off a… » 4/09/15 9:30pm 4/09/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Alice In Chains' What The Hell Have I

How is possible that the best song from Alice In Chains' Dirt wasn't even on the album? And let's get one thing out of the way, Dirt is the best AIC album. This isn't a question, or an opinion, but rather a fait accompli. Somehow this simply amazing song did not make the cut for the album, but fortunately for the… » 4/06/15 9:30pm 4/06/15 9:30pm

Albums Everyone Should Know - Stabbing Westward's Ungod

My introduction to Stabbing Westward was about as ideal as possible given my particular musical appreciations. I had the chance to see them live, opening up for local industrial band Machines Of Loving Grace (remind me to write about them sometime). This was during Stabbing Westward's first major tour, and with a… » 4/03/15 9:00pm 4/03/15 9:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Gorillaz's Dare (Soulwax Remix)

Preface, this post will be as much about the amazing and legendary Gorillaz as it will about the magic which Soulwax bring to the remix table. Now, to be clear, I do believe that everything that Gorillaz bring to their music is a breath of remarkable fresh air. Ever since they released their first album more years ago… » 4/03/15 2:00am 4/03/15 2:00am

Albums Everyone Should Know - Dead Can Dance's Anastatis

I'll wager that anyone who came up through the same timeframe I did, and who also had any contact with the same musical scenes that I ended up following and associated with, quite likely had that friend (or friends) who believed that Dead Can Dance was the most amazing thing to happen to music since... ever. And… » 3/31/15 9:30pm 3/31/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - The Chemical Brothers' The Test

I've long been a fan of Richard Ashcroft's vocal style and delivery. However, The Verve (Ashcroft's band), for me, were always hit and miss with their songs, when they were brilliant, they were off the charts, but when they weren't, the results were often less than impressive. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of The… » 3/30/15 10:30pm 3/30/15 10:30pm

Albums Everyone Should Know - Thompson Twins' Queer

Some bands fade away, some bands go out with a hell of a bang, but very few manage to do both simultaneously. Unfortunately, the Thompson Twins managed this feat with an album which managed to be ignored by most, with a lead single ( Come Inside), that when it was credited to an unknown artist (Feedback Max), was a… » 3/29/15 3:00am 3/29/15 3:00am

Songs Everyone Should Know - Massive Attack's Paradise Circus

Have I really gone more than 100 posts without featuring Massive Attack in any way, shape, or form? Is that even really possible? Next you'll tell me that I haven't talked about The Gorillaz, or Portishead, or The Jesus and Mary Chain, or The Chemical Brothers or about 100 other artists which I have loved, obsessed… » 3/26/15 8:30pm 3/26/15 8:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Project Pitchfork's Blood-Line (Never)

I picked up the latest Project Pitchfork album (Blood) shortly after it came out last fall and I've been meaning to give the rest of the album a chance, but I simply am having problems getting past the first song. It's not that I don't like the song, it's that I would rather hit repeat than listen to the rest of the… » 3/25/15 9:30pm 3/25/15 9:30pm