It is nearly impossible in a discussion of alternative, indie, or punk music to avoid invoking the name of the Velvet Underground. In their short heyday, 1967-1970 they cut four brilliant studio albums that consistently broke new musically ground. They did so without being virtuosos, although John Cale was an accomplished musician, and Lou Reed was a decent guitarist. They also did so without selling many records; their debut was their biggest seller, peaking at #171. Their music seemed indifferent to the trends of the day; they weren't hippies, they weren't blues, they weren't folk, they weren't country, they weren't heavy metal.
My first vinyl album was the original Star Wars (1977) soundtrack.
As Cindy Alexander sings “Immortal” from her incredible album Angels & Demons, you find yourself repeatedly saying-what a voice!
Rufus Wainwright is naked.
Sultry Latin jazz from Diane Schuur and the Caribbean Jazz Project.
A collection of classic songs that are "good for the soul."
DJ Justo and the Mixtape Awards took the emphasis off mainstream radio and back onto the true promoters of Hip Hop in the streets – the mixtape DJs.
Classic John Prine: comic story telling, understated and poetic songs, and folksy jams.
Day 1 of the next-gen war.
Still no decent basketball on the PSP.
One of the true classics returns.
Video gaming's biggest event starts today.
The American intellectuals Alexander and Jane Eliot should be recognized as living national treasures.
Ely Minnesota and Why I Love It. (Yah, I know it gets cold there! Ubetcha.)
Now liberals can hunt without getting icky blood and sweat all over them - through the web.
People who don’t like "the media" seem immediately certain that there should be major fallout.
Getting some things straight regarding my opinions.
Inspired by a recent entry by DrPat entitled, "Why Men Are Just Happier Than Women," I've included Shark's handy-dandy reply.
Democracy makes progress in Kuwait...
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid loves to shoot from the lip... Or is someone else pulling the trigger?
Tony Blair strives to protect British working rights by taking on Nanny State Europe
A Grandmother describes political talk show pundits to her young Granddaughter.
In the quest to try to be hip and cool Mind Hunters sacrifices character, plot and physics so many times it makes Howard the Duck look realistic
Unlike life, with eBay, you’ve got to play the game.This equals immediate benefits — for your wallet.
Good "chapter books," novels for 10-to-14-year-old children, have the same qualities that make adult literature good.
Self-googling is Masturbation
Looking for a beach read. I found Bite, one in a series of anthologies of short stories about vampires.
This fantasy starts like a gritty murder mystery, then twines off in unexpected directions.
A Southern delight
Next generation unveiled.
Where's the Martha Stewart Blog?
Honey, Honey....Oh Yogurt, Yogurt...You Are The Best Dessert, and You've Got Me Wanting You!