Back Stories | My 2016 Interview With David Crosby

I was sad to hear that David Crosby died at age 81. I was lucky enough to interview the folk-rock legend back in 2016. I had never spoken to...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | The Beatles’ Solo Studio Albums Up to 1980, Ranked...

This isn’t gonna be pretty, Ringo. I’ve decided, seeing as I almost have all of them, to rank the solo albums by Beatles members from best to worst. Well,...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | Great Bands, Awful Names

I'm not sure how great a band they are — they for sure have at least one awesome song — but there's no question Fartbarf is the worst band...

Thunder Pie | After All This Time

“To love is to burn, to be on fire.” – Jane Austen Charlie crushes back into the dirty bean bag chair in front of the TV glow. I watch him...

Back Stories | My 1999 + 2011 Interviews With Jeff Beck

In a world of copycats and clones, Jeff Beck was a true original. Indisputably one of the greatest guitars in rock, the maverick musician played what he wanted, when...

Now Hear This: Bob Gaulke | The Humanities (Part 1 + Part 2)

Sorry, James Brown fans: There's a new artist vying for the title of Hardest-Working Man In Show Biz. Or at least Hardest-Recording Man In The Bronx. His name is Bob...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | Rockin’ The Suburbs

As we were driving through the suburban sprawl spreading into Ottawa's outskirts, my partner started singing something about the "ticky tacky" houses. I had no idea what she was...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | Headband On The Run!

When we think of 1980s fashion accessories, we think of leg warmers, zipper ties, Swatches and fingerless gloves. But a vintage KISS advertisement about their 1980 album Music From...

Thunder Pie | Wintersong

The rain is coming down in sheets. As I turn the corner by the church down the street from the house, I see this young mom with an umbrella...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | Chorus, Schmorus

A little while ago, a buddy of mine brought me a box of records he wanted me to sell for him, in exchange for a small fee — plus...

Area Resident’s Stylus Counsel | Kazoo-Recorder Overdrive

Everybody dislikes the sound of some musical instrument. My girlfriend hates bagpipes. I don't care for the saxophone in rock music (though it's awesome when used for jazz). I...

Rewinding 2022 | Tinnitist’s Top Albums (Part 1: A-M)

The older I get, the harder it is to put together a year-end list. Not because I'm getting more musically discriminating in my dotage. Quite the opposite. Every year,...

Rewinding 2022 | Tinnitist’s Top Albums (Part 2: N-Z)

The older I get, the harder it is to put together a year-end list. Not because I'm getting more musically discriminating in my dotage. Quite the opposite. Every year,...

Rewinding 2022 | Tinnitist’s Top Music Videos

I have said it before. I am saying it again: If there's one thing I've learned from running this site, it's that people love music videos. Here's the proof:...

Rewinding 2022 | Tinnitist’s Top Interviews

I spent about 30 years interviewing musicians the old-fashioned way: Talking on the telephone, transcribing the tape (or digital recording) and turning it all into a story or Q&A....

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