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Pet Sounds Is 50!

What might be the greatest pop album ever made, has turned 50 today, May 16, 2016. How does one articulate one’s thoughts and feelings about a set of songs that forever changed and modified just how deeply I listen to music? It’s an acknowledged masterpiece now, yet in the late 1980s, that was an opinion […]

Goodbye Robin Williams

Rest in peace Robin Williams. As a child, he made me laugh hard, especially with Jonathan Winters at his side. In college he kept me company as I did my homework, watching in awe as he did his crazy characters on David Letterman. He was also so capable of a poignant earnestness and an intense tenor in his […]

On Wendy And The Endless Summer Of 1974

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beach Boys’ Wendy. I was introduced to it 40 years ago this spring by a school friend named Wendy, who was the older sister of a school mate of mine, Rick Burdett. I was invited over one June afternoon after school by Rick to play […]

Rage And Melody: Bob Mould Après le Deluge

Bob Mould, along with his seminal hardcore band Hüsker Dü, carved a sonic path in the 1980s that would define the alternative rock style of the 1990s. Bands like The Pixies and Nirvana were shaped by the melodic but raging distorted power-pop Mould and his bandmates pioneered. In 2011, the guitar-wielding musical alchemist, at 50, […]

Shadows Down On Snow ( Willy Ashworth Dropjaw Cover ) 10.18.11

My first job after graduating college in 1987 was at Nelvana, which at the time was Canada’s largest animation house. I met friends there that are friends to this day. Most of the employees there were multi-faceted artists. Some were animators, others were posers. There were layout artists, background artists, character designers, graphic designers, directors, […]

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