Going Back Home

Album Reviews | Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home (2014)

by Eric Mackon March 4, 2015
I have to admit, I was not familiar with Wilko Johnson when I first heard of this project. Daltrey, of course, is quite a known quantity — he’s one of the best frontmen in all of rock as the vocalist for the Who — and I was really curious to see what he was doing […]
Record Store

Blog | Hello, My 150 Favorite Albums List

by Eric Mackon March 3, 2015
Well, it would appear another birthday has come and gone. I am, for the next 360 days, eligible to join the 27 Club, an elite organization of great musicians who conduct their business six feet under. To join, you have to die at the age of 27, as many musical icons — Jimi Hendrix, Jim […]

Album Reviews | Aphex Twin – Syro (2014)

by Eric Mackon February 28, 2015
Editor's Pick
I am endlessly delighted by this record. A true master, Aphex Twin (the stage name of Richard D. James) is best known for contributing his formative 1992 electronic work Selected Ambient Works 85-92, which is currently the 371st most acclaimed album of all time (and fifth most acclaimed album of 1992) on Acclaimed Music. As […]

Oscars 2015

Oscar Race | Full List of Winners, 87th Academy Awards

by Eric Mackon February 23, 2015
I rather enjoyed the Oscar telecast last night. I thought Neil Patrick Harris was funny and the show was entertaining. Granted, I was watching on a DVR delay so I didn’t have to suffer through the commercials this year — usually I attend an Oscar party where I end up watching the whole thing live […]
24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

Album Reviews | Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault (2014)

by Eric Mackon February 20, 2015
Editor's Pick
Now this album is a pleasant surprise, and for reasons that almost are beyond counting. For one, every time I have heard Stevie Nicks sing live over the past several years (which isn’t many), I have cringed at how shot her voice has become. When she appeared on the season one finale of The Voice […]

Album Reviews | Johnny Marr – Playland (2014)

by Eric Mackon February 19, 2015
After taking some 25 years to deliver his first proper solo album, Johnny Marr returns with a surprise sophomore set just over 18 months later. Whereas 2013’s The Messenger was a blast of nostalgia, with a distinctly dated sound that gave the impression Marr had never really moved on from his time as the other resident […]

Grammy Trophies

Full List of Winners, 57th Grammy Awards

by Eric Mackon February 15, 2015
The Grammys were held last week, and the results weren’t particularly exciting. (Admittedly, I think Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” completely sucks.) 2014 just wasn’t a strong year for music, both artistically and commercially. It was like a vacation year — you know it isn’t a good year when the winner for both Record and Song […]
Lost in the Dream

Album Reviews | The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (2014)

by Eric Mackon February 12, 2015
Editor's Pick
Lost in the Dream is aptly named, since it unfolds with all of the haze of a pleasant dream and manages to capture that euphoria of waking up on a weekend and not having to go anywhere or do anything. It’s pretty similar to another album I reviewed last year called Wakin on a Pretty […]
The Voyager

Album Reviews | Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (2014)

by Eric Mackon February 9, 2015
Editor's Pick
This is a wonderful album, one of the best of 2014. Coming on the heels of Haim’s Days Are Gone, which borrowed heavily from ’80s Fleetwood Mac, Jenny Lewis’s The Voyager is a sunny, shimmering slice of ’70s Fleetwood Mac soft rock, its every crevice filled with the bright sunshine of Los Angeles. In fact, The […]

Incubus Premieres New Single “Absolution Calling”

by Eric Mackon February 5, 2015
Big day for the Incubus faithful. After announcing that they will release two EPs in 2015 instead of an entire LP to get what they have finished recording to fans faster, we finally got our first taste of what’s to come this morning on KROQ’s morning show Kevin & Bean in Los Angeles. After playing […]

The Simpsons Intro, 8-Bit Style

by Eric Mackon February 3, 2015
It’s been a while since I have watched a new Simpsons episode on a Sunday night, but this reanimated video (with new music) of the Simpsons intro is just brilliant. I never was even around for the 8-bit video game era — the first video game consoles I can remember playing were the Sega Genesis […]
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? [Deluxe Edition]

Album Reissues | Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (2014) [Deluxe Edition]

by Eric Mackon February 2, 2015
Editor's Pick
The National Geographic Channel did a special miniseries a little while ago called The ’90s: The Last Great Decade, and it chronicled a lot of events from my youth that are actually really interesting with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. They interviewed lots of well-known people for it — including Monica Lewinsky, who has famously refused to […]

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