1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1983 – 1984

To be honest, I didn’t know what the hell was going on in 1983-84, and I was hoping that 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die was going to bring some clarity to my confusion. Generally speaking, the self-awareness of a 16-year-old boy is limited to his immediate sight and grasp. At least, that’s how it was for me. What I do know about … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1983 – 1984

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1981 – 1982

Every so often, it’s important to stop, take a look around, stare out the window for a while, change the channel, get up and stretch your legs. The last four years in popular music have witnessed a series of sea changes, which ultimately sank a bunch of ships. The disco backlash has reached critical mass, and the genre is now relegated to the adult contemporary … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1981 – 1982

Petrology 202: Carol Kaye

If you’ve listened to any amount of popular music from the 1960s and 70s, you know Carol Kaye; perhaps you just don’t know you know Carol Kaye. My apologies to the folks who already have a solid grasp of behind-the-scenes studio musicianship from the era, but this statement could also hold true to the following names: Leon Russell, Larry Knechtel, Barney Kessel, Hal Blaine, Tommy … Continue reading Petrology 202: Carol Kaye