1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1979 – 1980

1979-1980 is the first period of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not in which I had heard every record prior to writing the associated essay. In some cases, I was listening to the record for only the second time, but there were no surprises, only disappointments and hasty generalizations. On the other hand, this period also has the fewest strikethroughs and the … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1979 – 1980

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1975 – 1976

Comparatively speaking, 1975-76 is a dead zone for Albums You Must Hear Before You Die; in fact, there are almost as many Suggested Alternatives as legitimate selections. Overall, ’75 has more good stuff happening than ’76 – not by a wide margin – but it’s a shady part of town, and we’re going to roll through most of the stop signs in the neighborhood. Grandpa … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1975 – 1976

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1972 – 1974

In hindsight, it seems that I’ve been a little too generous with certain artists, letting some slide with multiple albums when one would suffice. At the same time, I’ve made some egregious oversights. For instance, the first three records by the Meters are Potential Must Hear Albums, but both me and Robert Dimery missed them the first time around; added embarrassment as we’re about to … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not: 1972 – 1974

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1967 – 1968

There’s no question about it. This is when popular music started getting really high. Now, the super-cool kids had been using recreational substances for a while. In fact, the real junkies of the crew had been down in the basement for years, shooting up and playing jazz. Anyway, right here and now is when the marriage of drugs and music became culture. Thus, we enter … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1967 – 1968

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1956 – 1966

The whole thing is preposterous, I know. Music appreciation, like 90% of all things material or otherwise related to humanity, is highly personal and exclusively subjective. Some person just paid $300 million for a Gauguin painting. The world gasps at his extravagance. Perhaps in the buyer’s mind, it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened in his life. Maybe acquiring Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You … Continue reading 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…Or Not – 1956 – 1966

Guilty Pleasures and Irrational Aversions – Round 2

For most of my life, I have enjoyed beer as much as it has enjoyed me. Somewhere along the line, I stopped enjoying beer. As much as I didn’t like the taste, I really didn’t like the way it made me feel: bloated and sloppy. Then beer became an aversion. Fortunately, drunks have options. So I switched to a strict regimen of red wine, and … Continue reading Guilty Pleasures and Irrational Aversions – Round 2

Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 7

Fantasyland. It was just like being home except home wasn’t terribly enthusiastic about having me around. Despite a litany of things to do, people to see, and places to be, it was inevitable that I would spend some time at Baltimore’s Inn. One night Freddie was behind the bar. It had been over a year since I’d been back, but very little had changed. A … Continue reading Jukebox Antagonist – Episode 7

The Good News: Pink Floyd is Releasing a New Record – The Bad News: Pink Floyd is Still Making Music

Here’s my beef with megalithic rock corporations like Pink Floyd. They are absolutely filthy rich, yet they continue to churn out boxed-set after redundant boxed-set with the supposed bonus of unreleased demos that nobody was supposed to hear in the first place. And that’s exactly what the latest “new” Pink Floyd scam is all about. Do you really need a need a 5.1 Surround Sound … Continue reading The Good News: Pink Floyd is Releasing a New Record – The Bad News: Pink Floyd is Still Making Music

Bob and Ron’s Record Club Radio Archive – Episode 81

Inspired by a new psychedelic lighting system in the studio, Bob and Ron waste no time getting in the groove. Episode 81 features lot of listener requests, plus special Bob and Ron selections from the depths of their collections, and every one is a joy to hear. As usual, Bob and Ron do what no other radio show can do, pushing the limits of programming … Continue reading Bob and Ron’s Record Club Radio Archive – Episode 81