Month: April 2006

1974 – It was a very good year (for music)

1974 – It was a very good year (for music)

Music
According a recent piece on cnn.com, 1974 was a really bad year for music. Like, really bad. As some examples, the author cites the following examples of musical craptasticity: Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun," Cher's "Dark Lady," Ray Stevens' "The Streak," Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods' "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Annie's Song," Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died," Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby," Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" and Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting." Looking at that list, I would be inclined to agree with the author's assertion that 1974 was a dry, rocky place where the seeds of quality could find no purchase. But the problem with the article is this - there was PLENTY of great music being produced in 19...
Album review – Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime II

Album review – Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime II

Music
I've had about a week to digest the latest release from Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime II. It was an album I dreaded listening to when I first heard the group was planning a sequel a year or two ago. In most cases, sequels serve only to reinforce the fact that one was enough. Notable exceptions to this rule are, of course, The Godfather Part II and Superman II. Oh, and The Empire Strikes Back.  Which was Part II at one point, and now is just Part V. So first things first -- for all the positives of this album, it is no Operation: Mindcrime. Oh, the effort is clearly there. But what is lacking is the grand vision and sheer power of the first installment. OM:I is the product of a band clearly firing on all cylinders. OM:II runs at about ¾ speed.  I can appreciate that while Queensrÿche
How are people getting here?

How are people getting here?

Blogstuff
Here are the last 10 internet search terms people have used to find their way to my humble little corner of the world: "infomercials Mike Levey Amazing Discoveries" "tagteam whoomp there it is torrents" "sightings of michael landon in california" "Original Soundtrack i swear - all4one + Just Friends" "Steve Hackett concert" "michael landon's death" "That's all I can stands" "tevin campbell i'm ready torrent" "Sid Davis" "Boys Beware" "80s arcade game" So what have I learned from this? Well, people still seem to be interested in Michael Landon. And stealing music. Sorry, I can only help with one of those. So never let it be said that I don't try to give the people what they want: Oh, and for the sake of full disclosure, this idea was "borrowed" from Progress...