Cracker – Kerosene Hat

“Let’s get off this/And get on with it/If you wanna change the world/Shut your mouth and start this minute” I love those lyrics.  I love this album.  Fresh off its 30th anniversary, Kerosene Hat  was a Top 5 most listened to album for me in 2023.  But let’s get back to those “Get Off This”… Continue reading Cracker – Kerosene Hat

World Party – Goodbye Jumbo

“Don’t forget this moment. Promise yourself you will never forget this moment.”  I have uttered that phrase to myself countless times over the course of my life.  However, I can probably remember only 10 of those instances with full clarity.  Pretty sad huh?  I hope that’s normal and not some marker of early onset dementia. … Continue reading World Party – Goodbye Jumbo

Faith No More – Angel Dust

This was my first transformational album.  My older brother and I had a very fractious relationship as children.  We went to separate schools, had separate groups of friends, and were for the most part physically separated at all times.  The only thing we shared was the wall that divided our bedrooms.  We had a few… Continue reading Faith No More – Angel Dust

Matthew Sweet – 100% Fun

Fact 1) This is the WORST pressing I own.  It sounds terrible!  This makes me weep because I bought it for Sweet’s incredible guitar work.  Fact 2) The title, 100% Fun, was taken from Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, “life is no longer 100% fun.” Fact 3) Riding that sentiment, Sweet sardonically titled the album “100%… Continue reading Matthew Sweet – 100% Fun

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Each person possesses an album that can deliver them to a vivid memory or a meaningful encounter. Songs are scents in the sense that they can evoke worlds, specific places, and moments, bringing them to mind with great clarity.  My two cents. I was first introduced to Jeff Buckley in the summer of 1999, not… Continue reading Jeff Buckley – Grace

R.E.M. – Out of Time

The most polarizing song of the 90’s?  No doubt one of the biggest hits.  But what if I told you that the song has been completely misinterpreted by the masses since its release.  “Shiny Happy People” is really about depression?  Whoops.  Not that one.  I’m talking about “Losing My Religion.” R.E.M.’s 5 minute magnum opus… Continue reading R.E.M. – Out of Time

Guster – Goldfly

1997, Jesuit High School Senior Year.  This was a very seminal year for me musically.  There was a heavy rotation in the 5 disc changer of Bad Religion, Faith No More, Weezer, 311 (eek), Dave Matthews Band (ugh) and Ben Folds Five.  Every morning I would drive your Uncle Mitchell and your “Uncle” Rene to… Continue reading Guster – Goldfly