Although it certainly didn’t start there, I have Pete Pardo and the Sea of Tranquility YouTube channel to thank for my latest musical excavation. Looking back over this site’s history it’s no secret I love the music of the 70s in all its facets. But hard rock, metal, and prog have always been my bread and butter, and my listening habits have recently been all but taken over by the sinister siren of Moog synthesizers and Fender Rhodes, of the primitive lock of bass and drums matched against Marshall amps stacked to the heavens, reverberating with the root of a thousand riffs chained within, that pentatonic box which birthed a thousand bands…a million songs. From the obscenely popular to the ominously obscured, I’ve been digging deep into the woodwork of 70s rock, and it’s all that damn Pardo’s fault.Continue reading “Consuming the 70s: Heavy and (Not) Forgotten”
Man, it’s been a year, huh? I know I haven’t posted since the end of 2019, but I’ve been writing and keeping busy. I still throw in the occasional review or massive three-part, 10,000 word end-of-year wrap-up for metal, and I’ve also been writing and recording a monthly podcast for my friend Jon’s film blog Cinema Dual. But if I’m being honest, it’s been getting harder and harder to focus when life, the universe, and everything turns into a dumpster fire of global pandemics, racial injustice, and a government that seems hellbent on tearing down the entire country for its own selfish gains.
Makes it hard to write about the latest Ben Folds Five album, you know?
Been a while since I’ve taken to this site. In addition to life getting in the way, I grew somewhat disillusioned with the cadence of everything in alphabetical order. Trying to fit in all the things I wanted to listen to but also making time to repeated listens of every Ben Folds release in sequence got tiring (sorry, Ben). So I took a step back, focused on the things I wanted to listen to, and just basically enjoyed music. Continue reading “New Year, Lists, What’s Ahead: A Miscellany”
It’s family vacation time, so no updates for a bout a week. Gonna catch up on books, sun, beach, and whatever music I feel like listening to. Iggy Pop will be prominent, as will the first Tame Impala album, which I fell in love with the first time I heard. Which was, not so coincidentally, at the beach. Continue reading “At the Beach…”
I took a little more time away than I thought I was going to. I was laid off at my job, wound up getting hired back at a promotion (I’m still trying to figure that one out), got sick for about a month, turned 46, and found out the issues I have with my liver and diabetes are getting worse, not better. Lotta shit to take in, and the things that I would use for comfort – books, films, and music – weren’t helping at all, just more things I couldn’t focus on.
Also truth be told…I was getting a little burnt out by all the Beatles listening. Sorry. Continue reading “…And We’re Back, Letting Go”
Johnny Cash – “Starkville City Jail” At San Quentin
So what was supposed to be a weekend respite for creative reasons turned into a bit of something else. And if I want this record/project to be honest – even if it’s only for myself – then I want to put the truth out there. The plan is to get back to recording this journey in some format and cadence, but I need a few days to understand what that has to look like. Continue reading “Here Is No Why: Consuming Update”