Sgt. Pepper Under Attack Yet Again

The BBC reports that bands like The Killers, Oasis and The Kaiser Chiefs are among those folks who don’t know to leave well enough alone and are instead planning on mounting on an assault on the #1 record of all time, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

We can take comfort, however, in knowing that the worst has already been done and couldn’t dent the album in the least. And if you want a sample, go here. And to answer the question: hell no, I’m not embedding that shit on our site.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:33:39+00:00 April 8th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

Dear Kids, Don’t Do Drugs

When you get old enough for it, caffeine is much safer. And won’t lead to things like this.

Just something to bear in mind.

This has been a public service announcement from all of us here at

By | 2017-09-24T23:34:05+00:00 April 3rd, 2007|Music|0 Comments

Pink Floyd & the Roll Your Own Dark Side: As a Matter of Fact, It’s All Dark

Pink Floyd

The folks at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog have stripped out some of the voice samples and musical bits of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon, giving you the ability to go and create your own. Crazy…the samples provided, such as “There is no dark side of the moon…” and well known to all Floyd fans, have never been so clear.


By | 2017-09-24T23:34:53+00:00 March 17th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

The Curmudgeon

Thanks to all of you for taking time away from the silly Anna Nicole Smith news and Arena Football League season to read my column. It is much appreciated.

Cee-Lo Green

The Grammys were mighty boring. I don’t really care two cents about them. They are decided on by people whose musical tastes have no bearing on mine whatsoever. Plus any excuse to not see Don Henley is fine by me. I don’t really care about The Dixie Chicks but I don’t think they deserved to win every single award, especially when Gnarls Barkley clearly had the Single of the Year.

The Single of the Year should go to the song that crosses over and impacts the most people that year. “Crazy” clearly did this. It was on rock, urban and contemporary hit radio stations. It was played in The Gap, hotel lobbies, sports highlight clips, Starbucks and every car driving down the street. During the spring and summer months you could not escape it. Magically, despite the overkill, “Crazy” never wore out its welcome. It never made you throw your hands up in exasperation and scream “Enough already!” This is the trademark of a great pop single and Gnarls Barkley clearly deserved to win this.


By | 2017-09-24T23:35:05+00:00 March 5th, 2007|Books, Columns, Music|1 Comment

Leonard Nimoy’s Bilbo Baggins: No Longer Hobbit-Sized

Leonard Nimoy sings of Bilbo Baggins

Now fear this: the legendary strangeness that is Leonard Nimoy performing “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” just got stranger. Maidenwine has posted the online equivalent of a Criterion Collection edition of the thing: it comes with a full explanation of just what the hell it is and where it came from, plus the uncut video along with its original introduction.

As a very wise man once said: “Too much. There’s too much fucking perspective now.”

Found via PCL LinkDump.


By | 2017-09-24T23:35:44+00:00 February 15th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

No More Kings’ “Sweep the Leg”: 80s Retropalooza

Okay, make a novelty song about The Karate Kid. Fine. Congratulations.

But make a music video that combines not only tributes to that flick, but a Cars music video and the funniest film of the 80s, Raising Arizona? Now you have accomplished something.

The band is No More Kings. The song is “Sweep the Leg.” The fault lies with Ripp, who sent this to me.

Direct link for the feedreaders. Found via FreeIndie.


By | 2017-09-24T23:36:11+00:00 January 28th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

Welcome to Dead Space God Central

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

I saw The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets at DragonCon many, many moons ago. I was astounded to see a Lovecraft tribute band that ended their set with Cthulhu appearing and killing all of them. I was greatly impressed.

Their album, Great Old Ones, has long been a favorite of mine. For some reason, last time I went to go look for them online, their web presence was a bit stagnant. I feared the worst. I must have been looking in the wrong place, though, because they appear to be alive and kicking. There’s a new album called The Shadow Out of Tim. Sweet!

And they’ve launched their online store, Dead Space God Central. To celebrate, they’re helping out your friend and mine, Jhayne the Lady Porphyre, with her quest to develop an oasis of art in the midst of Vancouver. They’re doing this with a pretty badass Charity Prize Pack. To see the full thing, check it out here.

And to find out about Heart of the World, Jhayne’s mission, go here.


By | 2017-09-24T23:36:27+00:00 January 10th, 2007|Music|0 Comments

RIP: James Brown

James Brown

Rob brought us some sad news today…the Godfather of Soul has passed at the age of 73.

What always impressed me about James Brown is that the man was so cool and funky, he didn’t even have to sing a song if he didn’t feel like it. He and his band (and at the height of his success, Brown had one of the most badass bands in the history of badass bands) could just vamp for eight minutes with Brown egging them on with various “HEY!”s and “Hit me!”s and screams. Anyone else, you’d turn that shit off. With Brown and crew, it’s somehow eminently listenable.

So we say goodbye to Reverend Cleophus James. Thanks for making us all see the light. Rest well.

By | 2017-09-24T23:37:03+00:00 December 25th, 2006|Music|0 Comments