|Snowy Road Wallpaper from psxextreme.com|
Friday, December 23, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Released on December 14, 1987, through SST Records, You're Living All Over Me was Dinosaur Jr.'s second studio album. Dinosaur Jr. was still known as simply Dinosaur when the album was first released, but a lawsuit forced the band to change their name. Shortly thereafter, SST recalled the album and re-released it with attribution to the newly minted Dinosaur Jr. What the album lacked in sales was more than made up for in terms of its legacy. It is considered a classic of the indie and alternative genres, and it also has a place in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (revised and updated edition, 2010). This album isn't big on singles, so how about I just embed a video that has the album's full audio? Yes, let's do just that!
Little Fury Things 00:00
The Lung 11:15
In a Jar 23:33
Just Like Heaven 35:56
I'll see you in seven!
Friday, December 9, 2016
You can read more about that Lauper's record and that moment in the previous link. So, for the rest of this week's Flashback, let's just enjoy the music videos. You can see them after the jump!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
At any rate, how about a few tunes to help us process this latest exercise in what amounts to rearranging deck chairs for this grand experiment called America? Read and hear more about this week's selections after the break.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Upon exiting the Scorpions, Roth formed his own band and named it Electric Sun. They recorded and toured for three albums between 1979 and 1985. Electric Sun's first two records were Earthquake (1979) and Fire Wind (1980). Beyond the Astral Skies ( 1985) was the their third and final album, and Roth retired the band's name in 1986.
Beyond the Astral Skies is also the best known of the trilogy of Electric Sun records. I don't know if that distinction came about because it was the final album, or if it was more due to the record's ensemble nature. But after listening to these records, and seeing some photos and footage of Mr. Roth, I do know one thing: Uli Jon Roth is a heavy metal hippie who fancied Jimi Hendrix and new age cosmic trippiness. From his headband, to his bluesy riffs, to his rough and folky vocals, Roth was something else. And nowhere is this more apparent than on Beyond the Astral Skies. Think of it as a rock opera for the Kumbaya crowd. Or, as Winston Arntz writes, it's "a cross between Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy and eighties hard rock." So, if that description has made you curious what nuggets I've selected for this week's playlist, read and hear more after the jump.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
|The unassuming cover image for Green Valley #1|
Green Valley #1 (Image Comics) came out on 10/5/2016. I purchased a copy that day, but didn't read it until this weekend. And all I can say about it is that I had no idea I needed this series, but I do.
Friday, October 14, 2016
According to drummer Chris Mars, the band's name reflected their sense of a secondary status: "Like maybe the main act doesn't show, and instead the crowd has to settle for an earful of us dirtbags" [Azerrad, Michael. Our Band Could Be Your Life. 2001. p. 199]. Sporting a combination of the arena blues-rock and post-punk, The 'Mats were never commercially successful, but they did receive critical accolades and have been cited as a major influence for many bands. That is likely what made lead singer and primary songwriter, Paul Westerberg, claim the band was perpetually "10 years behind and 5 years ahead."
For this post, I've chosen a few tunes from their 12+ year career. Before you check out my selections, you might want to visit the Sound Opinions episode with Bob Mehr. Or read a review of Trouble Boys. But if you're ready for my playlist, you can read and hear more after the break.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Their debut, Critical Beatdown, is the band's only 80s release (but they do have two releases in the 90s and a 2007 reunion album). Although their debut record did not chart very well, it has come to be highly regarded as a classic hip hop album. And these MCs were pioneers of sorts. According to All-Music, Ultramagnetic MC's can claim the following firsts: they were the first rap group to employ a sampler (the E-mu SP-1200) as an instrument, the first to feature extensive use of live instrumentation, and the first to feature a former psychiatric patient (the aforementioned Kool Keith) on the mic. For more info about this crew, you can visit The Unofficial Ultramagnetic MC's Website. And, for lyrical reference, you should check out the collection at genius.com.
Now, instead of my usual format of selecting three tracks for focus, I'm sharing a YouTube playlist that has all 15 tracks from the original release of Critical Beatdown.
Let's spin some wax, shall we?
I'll see you in seven!
Friday, September 30, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
|Duran Duran trucks via @theverybestofthe80s on Instagram|
Sunday, September 11, 2016
"They crashed the planes and changed the rules." -- GrooveLily, Live Through This (Are We There Yet?), Are We There Yet?. QMR, 2003
Nine years ago the world changed. You may take that as an overstatement, or, conversely, as overly simple. But wherever you lived at the time, a shift in perspective occurred. That shift was all the more dramatic and palpable if you were a U.S. citizen. I don't want to dwell on the attacks themselves. But I do want to take some time to recall what happened in the wake of that dreadful event. Forget -- if you can, even if for only for a moment -- just forget how you feel about the war in Iraq, conspiracy theories, and Republican versus Democrat (or any other "them versus us" political division). Recall, instead, the great communal sense that slowly seeped into our national fiber even as the weight of sorrow and shock seemed all too powerful and crushing. Remember neighbor comforting neighbor, even in cases where those neighbors had not known each other very well prior to that morning. Remember the outpouring of support and sympathy from around the world. And remember that shared conviction that, although we would never forget the tragedy, we would recover ... grow stronger ... and become ever more connected as a nation.
Are we there yet?
Friday, August 19, 2016
|Photo by Michael Plen|
|Concert Ticket via The Police Wiki (they really couldn't spare three more letters?)|
But they did get a mention on an ad, so that's good.
R.E.M. opened for the Police six times during the latter's Synchronicity tour. Eventually, R.E.M.'s debut album, Murmer (1983), gained traction and all but invented the genre of college radio, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, R.E.M.'s setlist for the August 18 show consisted of five songs: 1,000,000 / Catapult / Pilgrimage / Radio Free Europe / Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars). One of the songs from this setlist appeared in the 4/15/2016 Flashback I posted to commemorate the release of Murmer. So, I'll skip that one today. And if you want to know which three tunes made this weekend's playlist, check them out after the break.
|Shea Stadium setlist via R.E.M.HQ|
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
|From the Lunch Bag Gallery|
Sunday, July 31, 2016
|Kent Conrad (original Doctor Fate) and Khalid Nassour|
(our "new" Doctor Fate) try to lock up some issues
|Page 6: Inaki Miranda|
|Page 14: Inaki Miranda|
|Panel from Page 17: Breno Tamura|
|Page 19: Breno Tamura|
|Page 20: Breno Tamura|
Friday, July 29, 2016
So here, with some help, is my second SDCC Mix Tape. Read and hear more after the break!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
"Bye, SDCC 2016!"
SDCC 2016 ended on Sunday, July 24, but we stayed in the area for a few more days. So, the whole San Diego experience ends for us today because we are flying back East this morning. Therefore, the countdown to the next SDCC begins in earnest for us today. Be on the lookout for a few post-SDCC write-ups from us here at Bookended By Cats. In the meantime, we hope to stay in touch with all you fellow nerds virtually.
Friday, July 22, 2016
And now, in no particular order, I give you my very first SDCC Mix Tape. Read and hear more after the break!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
It's so good to return to San Diego for the Nerdhalla known as SDCC! Gods, we've missed this con and the surrounding area, such as Gaslamp District which is behind us in this photo.
Tonight we have Game of Bloggers Season 2, and tomorrow our con madness begins in earnest.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
If you're going to SDCC this year, and you're free on Preview Night (Wednesday July 20th), come join us and more cool-and-nerdy bloggers than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at! Oh, and Crazy 4 Comic Con will have his recently launched Hero Within Fashion Collection on display and you won't want to miss that.
The party returns to the patio & bar of the Dragon's Den (315 10th Avenue; next to Petco Park).
|Enter the Dragon's Den!|
- Date/Time: Wednesday 9-12a
- Location: Patio & bar of the Dragon’s Den (315 10th Avenue)
- Cost: Free (entry based on capacity)
- Hashtag: #GameOfBloggers
If you going to SDCC 2016, hit us up in the comments and we'll try to touch base with you! (Hint: This meet-up is probably a really great way for us to meet you face-to-face. And you could get a Bookended by Cats wristband. Just saying.)
Friday, July 15, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
|John Wick (2014)|
Quick review: Great music. Great camera work. And Keanu is at his monotone best. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
We give John Wick 4.5/5 paws:
** SPOILER **
This film depicts the senseless death of a puppy. But if you've read any synopsis of this flick, then you already know that John Wick comes out of retirement to get the dirtbags who killed his puppy, the last gift from his late wife. I'm just letting you know that the puppy's death is in the film so you're braced for it. And, believe me, it is worth getting through that scene in order to embrace the rest of the movie.
** END SPOILER **
Friday, July 1, 2016
|80s Boombox via Zazzle|
Friday, June 24, 2016
Now, .38 Special always struck me as a Summer band even though several of their records were released during winter months. But I guess I remember them more in a Summer vein because I have such great memories of singing along whenever their singles came on the radio. And, of course, the best times to do that were during the summer months with the windows rolled down. For my rock block, I'm picking one song each from a trio of albums which were released during the years I think .38 special were at the peak of their hit-making powers. If you want to know what songs made the cut this week, you can read and hear more after the break.
So, if you're not finding enough 80s music here at Bookended by Cats, then by all means visit my previous 80s Flashback posts at Prophet or Madman.
- 80s record image from icons8.com
- Pile of records image from theodysseyonline.com's 25 '80s Songs That Are Guaranteed To Cure Your Stress
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Here are some of the items I picked up while at the convention.