Well, the title just about says it, right? I started watching Metalocalypse when it debuted a few years ago, and enjoyed it because of its absurdity and the fact that I could understand some of the humor from having been friends with tonbabydc for many years. If you haven’t seen it, even if you aren’t […]Read more "Strangely Enough, I’m Becoming a Metal Fan Thanks to a Cartoon"
Since I had real trouble cutting my list of songs tied to moments to a mere five, here are the others that I wrote, but were cut out of the final list. I wrote it, so I’ll be gosh–darned if I don’t post ’em. Honestly, how can you keep a list like that to five? […]Read more "The Ten Cuts: Five Songs Tied to Five Moments, Part II"
Update: I screwed up a track listing, and so I’ve changed that part (it’s noted) and I’ve also swapped out one album for another as I was listening to one this evening that barely missed the list and then realized, it shouldn’t have. Anyone who disagrees with this list is an alien. One of the […]Read more "The Ten Best Summer Albums, Ever: Special Edition"
I’ve written about the Death of the Record Album in the Age of the iPod®. Indeed, I’ve also written about questions of art in the crowd-sourcing age, but much like video killed the radio star, iPod slaughtered the album and then served its dismembered corpse as dinner. And with summer looming my thoughts turn to […]Read more "Mourning the Mix Tape"
Pound for pound, Van Halen was at one time one of the greatest musical groups alive. They helped lead America out of the Disco era and into the eighties, when tremendously talented acts like Journey, U2 and Ozzy Osbourne roamed the arenas with abandon. It was back when Bruce Springsteen was still relevant and at […]Read more "Why Van Halen Was Better with Sammy Hagar"
My friend Tom got married last night. He and his long-time girlfriend, Jenn, tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at a cathedral and then had a warm and fun reception that went well into the night. I wish them nothing but the best, and endless years of happiness. Also kind of hope they have […]Read more "This One’s for You, Tom"
The nature of nerd fandom is a uniquely strange thing, one that I have yet to see repeated in other fan bases. It fosters the notion that the fans somehow “own” the material as much as the artist, or that they have some sort of legitimate input to bring to the table for the creative process.Read more "Fandom, Fanaticism and the Question of Art"