#229: Aerosmith, “Toys in the Attic” (1975)

“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…”

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Just About to Climax

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 […]

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A Universe Where Bowie Never Existed

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 […]

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Ryan Adams’ 1989: A Tasteful Rebuttal – OR – Why Ryan Adams Should Not Be Compared to Staind, Ever

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 […]

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Miley’s Pet Cemetery

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 […]

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Roots and Roses

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 […]

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