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The Beatles: Help! (1965)

Is it cool to dump on The Beatles?  Is it an age thing, or just a Metal Twitter™ thing?  If you were to leave out the context of their music, their place in the evolution of pop and rock both as a sound as well as a cultural zeitgeist…if you were to just sit back and listen to the music how can you not fall into the melodies, the harmonies, the seeming simplicity of the hooks?  I have a firm policy of “love what you love” when it comes to music: who am I to judge you when I listen to a number of bands in corpsepaint and fishnets?  But if you stand and tell me the exquisite combination of John, Paul, George and Ringo (yes, Ringo) are overrated, quaint, or just plain suck, then sadly a part of me judges you.


You, my friend, need some Help! Continue reading “The Beatles: Help! (1965)”

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Angelo Badalamenti: Twin Peaks Soundtrack (1990)

What’s more popular, the Twin Peaks television show or the Twin Peaks soundtrack?  As much as I’m a massive fan of David Lynch, there is no Twin Peaks without the sumptuous, nightmare melodramatic score that accompanies it, courtesy of composer Angelo Badalamenti.  Moving between soap opera and fever dream, cool jazz to ethereal ballad, the music has escaped the confines of the show it was created for to mirror a reality where we are increasingly having to navigate through the unbelievable. Is there anything more ferrying and beautiful at the same time? Continue reading “Angelo Badalamenti: Twin Peaks Soundtrack (1990)”

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Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence (2006)

I’m guessing I picked up Time Without Consequence after seeing the film Away We Go with my wife.  Alexi Murdoch embodies that soft folk vibe Nick Drake chased throughout his career and became huge again thanks to that Volkswagen commercial.  So sure, Murdoch is part of a larger movement that for better or worse spearheaded a massive amount of wispy bearded men plucking acoustic guitars and getting record deals, but there’s still a few gems to be had from Time Without Consequence that  I can turn to without cringing.  Continue reading “Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence (2006)”