Thus far into their unsteady, insight-riddled journey deeper into the lowlands of Hell, Dante and his guide Virgil have met little resistance, having glimpsed only the more timid – or passive – sinners to be found in the world of the dead. Heretical, lustful, greedy, just plain angry: all told, this was some relatively tame […]Read more "Top 10 Albums You Can Take Straight to Hell: 8 of 10"
“I didn’t go out of my way to choose Toys in the Attic—it sort of fell into my lap because no one else who writes for this website wanted to write about it. And I understand why people who love music wouldn’t want to write about this band. Because of their longevity, Aerosmith has managed to be present in every generation of music since the Nixon administration, but also to be strongly associated with none of them. Even as they re-emerge with each new generation, they seem to belong to no single era in particular. Having been constantly handed down, they are always re-invented, but never different. They are a product—an LLC in 4/4 time. The band is everywhere, from everywhen, but belong to nobody…”Read more "#229: Aerosmith, “Toys in the Attic” (1975)"
Dark Matter Presents: Split LP #1 Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce Press Pot Recordings, 2016 by Matthew Meade The blues, jazz, and funk fusion ensemble Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce Family Party Band have been lurking around the weird back alleys of Chicago’s avant-garde indie music scene since at least 2011. They’ve released […]Read more "Splitting The Weed, The LP, and The Atom"
River Bones bleeklino Self-Released, 2016 By Matt Meade Judging by his Instagram account, Nico Haag is doing something with his 20s. He is going to interesting places, taking pictures of random things, spending time with beautiful people, and growing ironic mustaches. He is also working on the first full-length from his bleeklino project, which will […]Read more "Just About to Climax"
By Matt Meade Neil Young has been coaxed, once again, into the current election cycle by that age-old political practice of a candidate willfully misunderstanding what rock and roll songs are about. Back in September Young yanked his Hubert Selby novel set to music, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” from one walking […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #20: “Campaigner” by Neil Young"
Be thankful you live in the universe you do. This could have been the vaguely satirical, 1960s space-themed song that defined a generation’s unsettling feelings about the space race and future generation’s feelings about alienation and the apparent indifference of an uncaring universe. Thank you David Bowie, for not writing “Please Mr. Kennedy.” And for everything […]Read more "A Universe Where Bowie Never Existed"
By Ben Hobbs
After wading through the sea of sparse imitation hip-hop that is their most recent albums, and mulling over my chances at starting my own hugely successful indie pop duo, I started wondering how TOP did it.
By Matt Meade No matter how good your year was it was nowhere as good as Bob Christgau’s who must have been a good little rock and roll critic because on December 3rd, he received an early Christmas present. You see, 2015 was the year the rock and roll world finally lost Scott Weiland to […]Read more "In 2015 Robert Christgau Finally Got What He Wanted"
Once again we find our friends Dante and Virgil in the dismal gloom of Hell, bedraggled as they are on their pitiless journey into the Underworld, with each passing vignette of misery and torment they face naturally becoming more and more difficult to behold. Now in the Sixth Circle of Hell, our pair find themselves […]Read more "Top 10 Albums You Can Take Straight to Hell: 7 of 10"
This week on I Fucking Love That Band, we have part three of The Classic Zeppelin Series. Dave and Simon Visco do their best to break down and share their experiences with Led Zeppelin III. Check out Simon’s band, Mojo Stone to hear some Zeppelin influenced rock. Download Podcast Here Stream Podcast Here Download in […]Read more "I Fucking Love That Band #32- Classic Zeppelin Series: Led Zeppelin III"
1989 Ryan Adams PAX AM, 2015 by: Scott Lowder Upon reading the title of Matt Meade’s review of Ryan Adams’ 1989, I threw up in my mouth a little. The nerve of a man to compare one of my favorite songwriters to Aaron Lewis of Staind! In most cases, I let things posted on the internet […]Read more "Ryan Adams’ 1989: A Tasteful Rebuttal – OR – Why Ryan Adams Should Not Be Compared to Staind, Ever"
1989 Ryan Adams PAX AM, 2015 By Matt Meade On September 21, 2015, Ryan Adams released a track-by-track cover of Taylor Swift’s 2014 release 1989. After much pre-release hype it turns out that, more than anything else, it reveals something about who Ryan Adams really is. Sure he has a bit of swagger and he […]Read more "Ryan Adams Gives Taylor Swift’s 1989 a Coat of Staind"
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Smiley Miley, 2015 By Matt Meade When I first saw the pictures of Miley Cyrus with Wayne Coyne on Instagram, (because yes I am a man in his 30s with a family who follows Miley Cyrus on Instagram), I wondered if she was taking for granted her […]Read more "Miley’s Pet Cemetery"
Something More Than Free Jason Isbell Southeastern Records, 2015 Americana artists are a dime a dozen. The field is as crowded as that of the 2016 GOP hopefuls, and sometimes it can feel just as stodgy and unimaginative. How long can a genre go back to the well of its influences – the cadences and […]Read more "Roots and Roses"
You might not know who Allison Moorer is but you probably know her ex-husband. Last year she got a divorce from the guy she’d been married to for ten years and when I found out, all I cared about was him. You see, her ex-husband is Steve Earle and I feel like I know Steve […]Read more "Stuck in My Head #19: Allison Moorer “Down to Believing”"