#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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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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Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy…

Guppy Ben Shaw Kirigirisu Recordings, 2015 By Matt Meade I’ve spent the year since Ben Shaw’s 2014 album Goodbye, Cagoule World listening to his back catalog. It sounds like he has too. When Ben Shaw turned in Goodbye, Cagoule World he was doing it because it was time for him to turn in that kind […]

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The Middle Age of the Wolf

Apologies to the Queen Mary Wolf Parade Sub Pop, 2005 By Matt Meade The tragedy of young adulthood isn’t that young people don’t know their adolescence is precious and fleeting.  Old people are known for blaming the young for wasting their youths on things like smoking too much weed, spending more money on shoes than they […]

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Top 16 Rock and Roll Show Tunes

By Matt Meade When I was young (all the way back in the 1980s), before I knew how things worked (as if I know how things work now) I would wonder why great songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables and “The Jets” from West Side Story were absent from the local radio station playlist.  Sure […]

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Solid Gold Weirdos

Solid Gold Heart Jad Fair & Danielson Sounds Familyre, 2014 By Matt Meade When I was nine, I used a Panasonic portable tape recorder to record a rock and roll song that I wrote entitled “Power Rock.”  There were no instruments.  There was no band.  It was just me singing the words of this song […]

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