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Depeche Mode’s Playing the Angel

Somewhere along the line, I rediscovered Depeche Mode. I pretty much had everything available up through Depeche Mode 101 (which I didn’t think much of — it’s one of the worst live albums I’ve heard), but on a whim I … Continue reading

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Icehouse’s Great Southern Land

First, a bit of history is in order: I first ran across Icehouse in the early ‘90s. One of the bartenders at my then-favorite watering hole had added “Love in Motion (No Promises)” to his mix, and the song just … Continue reading

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Various Artists’ Stolen Roses: Songs of the Grateful Dead

It’s interesting to me that there are any albums which pay tribute to the songs of the Grateful Dead. The Dead were not known for songs. They were the band of the long, free form jam. Deadheads reveled in the … Continue reading

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Various Artists’ Deadicated

I find most tribute albums to be pure unadulterated shit. Some are so bad that defy any logic as to why they were even conceptualized, let alone made. An example to be avoided of this sort of tribute album is … Continue reading

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Jethro Tull’s Aqualung Live

This new recording of Jethro Tull’s classic rock album Aqualung was produced for XM Radio’s “Then Again Live” programme. This is a show that aims to “re-create the most important albums of all time . . . offering total creative … Continue reading

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Nickelback: The Band Everybody Loves to Hate

I suspect someone is sitting there wondering “What? He’s doing a survey of a rock band? Him?!” Yeah, well, I know I haven’t done much of that here, but there are a couple of reasons for this essay. First, I … Continue reading

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