The Vinyl Diaries: Aerosmith, “Done with Mirrors”

Remember when Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension was supposed to be the band’s return to rockin’ form, a Seventies-style throwback to the groovin’, Stonesy, Yardbirdsy, slap-happy lewdness of Toys and Rocks, complete with the full-album return of Jack Douglas, who’d been behind ...

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently admitted that he’s working on his autobiography, making him the last of the original four members to do so. I’m guessing that as far as the ratio of honest insight to revisionist bullshit goes, the Starchild’s ...

Van Halen Leadoff Singles, 1978-2012

Van Halen – You Really Got Me
Even without the jaw dropping cadenza that precedes it on the album (“Eruption”), Van Halen’s take on The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” was a no-brainer pick for the single to introduce the band ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Nerf Herder’s “Van Halen” (1996)

In 1996, after a decade and a half of high but rapidly diminishing record sales and influence, Van Halen was suddenly a hot band again, and it was because of, and this almost never happens, a greatest hits compilation. It’s tough ...

Death by Power Ballad: Chickenfoot, “Different Devil”

Have you ever heard a song that hit you so hard, got you so jazzed, you wanted to play it for everyone? Immediately? Regardless of whether that song is truly a power ballad, as your column’s title promises, or whether you’ve

Popdose Roundtable: Over-Merchandised Artists

Mike Duquette: I just got back from a lovely vacation at Universal Orlando™, and when not gorging myself on Harry Potter butterbeers, I thought of another great discussion topic for the gang. One of the many overpriced restaurants on property is

Bootleg City: Tonic in Minnesota, July ’10

Let’s cut to the chase on today’s edition of Bootleg City. While I could tell you a story about the time that Mayor Cass took a bunch of taxpayer money and decided to build a heated ice rink, I’m not going to ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 21

We move on to the letter H this week, which begins with solo recordings from artists that were in some pretty major groups. Enjoy some tracks here as we take a look at songs that hit the Billboard rock charts ...

Ticket Stub: Sammy Hagar in San Francisco, May ’79

Walking through the mobile home that functioned as the broadcast headquarters for the West Texas radio station KWES-FM, we made a stop in the middle room, which was the “promotions department” for the station. Meeting the promotions director, opened my eyes wide ...

CD Review: Kiss, “Sonic Boom”

Any good label manager would tell you: don’t name your album something a reviewer could turn into a catchy, snarky counterpoint. But as we know far too well, most of the labels are hanging by a thread, the management inside reduced to ...

The Friday Mixtape: 7/17/09

“Favorite Zeroes”

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”—Sergei Rachmaninov
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”—Plato
“A wop-bop-a-loo-bomp. Alop-bam-boo.” —Little Richard

Fall ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 38

I’ve gotten bored with what I’ve been listening to lately, so recently I went back into my collection to dig out CDs I haven’t spun in a while, like De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, an album ...

Unsolicited Career Advice for… Jimmy Buffett

Here’s another missive from the Skwatzenschitz archives, which I explained a bit last time. I’m not sure how Jimmy Buffett reacted to Uncle Donnie’s advice, but, to the best of my knowledge, he hasn’t taken action on any of it. —RS

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