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Metal for Friday: “Versus the World” by Amon Amarth, live. [video]

Amon Amarth is one of those bands that, if you get into them, you know you are a terminal, lifelong metalhead. Music like this is delightful to the ears of … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Go as you are: the 20-year-long death of Kurt Cobain.

Three days ago, April 5, was technically the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, but today, April 8, is the anniversary of the day we all found out about it. … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Metal for Friday: “Only” by Anthrax. [video]

Anthrax is one of the “big four” of 80s thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament) and an undeniable pillar of the scene. Like most metal bands that have been around … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: “Veil of Maya” by Cynic. [audio]

Cynic is, in my opinion, one of the great metal bands of all time, and their 1993 album Focus is one of the top five metal albums ever recorded. This song, “Veil … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A jazzy interlude: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” by Harry James. [audio/video]

I’ve had this very old song in my head for several days now, not knowing precisely who performed it or how old it was, so last night I went searching … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple. [audio]

For this week’s Metal for Friday post I decided to reach back into hallowed antiquity and dust off one of the greatest songs from one of (in my opinion) the … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

America’s Paris: the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

This is the fifth article in my 1920s Week series. New York City has been lively at any time during its 400-year history, but in the 1920s the epicenter of … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

One of my favorite 1920s songs: “Let’s Misbehave” by Irving Aaronson. [audio]

It’s 1920s Week, and what would it be without some awesome 1920s music? Maybe this is a lonely opinion, but I think the popular and jazz music of the Roaring … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: “The Kiss of Judas” by Stratovarius. [video]

Stratovarius is a somewhat controversial band. For years power metal fans counted this outfit from Finland as one of the solid pillars of 1990s power metal along with bands like … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: “Would You Love A Monsterman” by Lordi. [video]

Lordi is the European GWAR. This very fun band from Finland came to prominence in 2002 largely with this song, “Would You Love a Monsterman,” which is a wonderful send-up … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment
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