Kurt Cobain would have been 47 this Year

nirvanaI should have written this piece a week ago.

Somehow, it escaped my notice over the last 10 days that this April marked the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. And that shit was everywhere. Basically starting last fall with the 20-year anniversary of In Utero, through the nomination and induction of the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the performances last week with Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Lorde, and culminating with the onslaught of internet article after internet article regarding Cobain’s legacy, I’m not sure how I missed it all. Evidently, I live in my own little bubble, oblivious to my surroundings and the outside world at large.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1991

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

loveless1991: My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless

Joup’s Friday Album – Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos”

chrisbellLike most everyone, I came across Chris Bell’s lone album I Am the Cosmos way, way late. The material was recorded over a three year period during the mid 70’s, but aside from a 7” single of the title track featuring “You and Your Sister” on the B-side, it didn’t receive a proper release until 1992, well over a decade after Bell’s tragic death. It was worth the wait though.

When Bad Science Goes Good

rickmortyFor years and years Adult Swim, the longtime bastion of geeks, misfits, stoners, pop culture revivalists, and the perpetually adolescent has been the haven to an array of quirky animated series, a platform for a myriad of network castoffs, nostalgia purveyors, surreal mind-fucks, and bad taste. Everything from a dead-in-the-water series that suddenly finds massive popularity (Family Guy), to anime* (Cowboy Bebop), to the comedic reinterpretations of characters from our childhood (Robot Chicken/Space Ghost Coast to Coast), to pure and warped stoner candy (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) has surfaced and thrived on this late night block of programming on the Cartoon Network. Often times it’s crudely made. It can be absurd. It can be vulgar and immature. But it’s usually pretty damn funny. People like me call it home.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1990

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

depechemode1990: Depeche Mode’s Violator

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1989

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

weirdaluhf1989: Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF Original Soundtrack

That One Part from That One Song…

EPSON scanner ImageI know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking about Derek and The Dominos’ 1970’s hit “Layla.”  It’s okay.  I think about it a lot myself.  Not the beginning part though.  Honestly, I could care less about Layla, or how she’s bringing Eric Clapton to his knees.  Unrequited love…George Harrison’s wife…blah, blah, blah.  That’s all fine and dandy, but completely paltry and insignificant when compared to the far superior and utterly sublime second half of the recording, the instrumental play-out of Bobby Whitlock’s piano and guest musician Duane Allman’s slide guitar.  That’s the good stuff.  That’s the stuff that sticks to your ribs and eardrums.  Warms you to the core.  Those last three or so minutes are what change “Layla” from a good song to a great song.  Pop to art.

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