Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

For this week’s Flashback Friday I’ll continue a trend from last week, and take a look at another important three-piece band. This time we’ll be going all the way back to 1967 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced. Jimi Hendrix’s unique new approach to songwriting and electric guitar helped to establish an outline for the “Psychedelic Rock” movement, as … Continue reading Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Nevermind – Nirvana

For today’s Flashback Friday, we’re going back to check out an album that helped define an emerging genre known as “Grunge Rock.” Grunge is a sound that mixes hard rock and heavy metal with punk music. The genre is synonymous with Seattle band Nirvana, a three-piece group that all but invented this new sound. Son put on your flannels and ripped jeans as we take … Continue reading Nevermind – Nirvana

American Beauty – Grateful Dead

For my first Flashback Friday of the year, I thought I’d kick it off with one of my favorites. In 1970 Grateful Dead made their fifth studio album American Beauty. Still, on the stream of country and folk rock from their previous album, Workingman’s Dead, the album is filled with soft swinging vocals and acoustic instruments. Let’s take a look. The Vocals: The vocals on … Continue reading American Beauty – Grateful Dead

London Calling – The Clash

One week ago in music history, in the year 1979, The Clash released their third studio album London Calling. Their sound is built upon punk rock, but they do a little bit of exploring on this 19 track behemoth of an album. They dive headfirst into new genres like reggae, New Orleans R&B, and jazz with surprising ease. Great album, great group, let’s take a … Continue reading London Calling – The Clash

Drew’s Top Five of 2018

2018 was an interesting year in music. Everyone likes to complain about the new generation of music; how the music they listened to growing up was better, but I think it’s safe to say some of the rainbow-haired rookies these days are taking popular music in a different direction. I realized while working on this that I don’t listen to enough newer music, but a … Continue reading Drew’s Top Five of 2018

A Night At The Opera – Queen

After seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, I decided to take a closer look at one of Queen’s best albums, A Night at the Opera. This album was very ahead of its time in 1975, and it wasn’t cheap. At its release it was the most expensive rock album ever made, estimated cost was £40,000, which today is worth about $350,000. With a peculiar blend of genres all … Continue reading A Night At The Opera – Queen

Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith

I’ve been really dropping the ball lately, but I’m back again for another Flashback Friday. I was feeling a little homesick today, so I decided to review a group from back home. Known as “The Boston Bad Boys”, Aerosmith released their first album in 1973, and in 1975 they broke into the mainstream scene with their third album Toys in the Attic. Walk this way … Continue reading Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith

Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon

It’s Friday again, and it’s time to flashback. I missed last week as I was in the midst of a midterm marathon, but I’m coming back with one of my favorites. In January of 1978, Warren Zevon released his classic album Excitable Boy. Zevon is one of my favorite artists, combining an unmistakable rock and roll structure with folk song type lyrics. My dad showed … Continue reading Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon

Something Special: Tha Carters…Ranked

Today, in recognition of what is undeniably a landmark event in the industry, we’ll be flashing back to 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2011. Last night at midnight, Lil Wayne, a titan of the hip-hop industry, dropped Tha Carter V, the fifth in his line of self-titled albums. In recognition of this event, I suggested to Commissioner Heff that I rank the previous four Carter albums … Continue reading Something Special: Tha Carters…Ranked