Kenneth E. Oquist

Born in Minneapolis, MN, moved to Pittsburg, KS in 2002. Interests include, Mac computers, music, sports, ebook reading, and ipod and mp3 players.

Pendragon: Progressive Rock Made in England

June 27, 2011

Hailing from jolly old England, I only heard of Pengragon recently. Missing the chance to review them much sooner as the Internet is here and now, I thought an overview was necessary. The song “Your Black Heart” from the recent ‘Passion’ became my favorite from day one. Hearing is believing on this one. A Progressive...
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Weird Al Yankovic’s New Release ‘Alpocalypse’: A Review

June 20, 2011
Weird Al Yankovic - Alpocalypse

Weird Al Yankovic’s new release ‘Apocalypse’ hits the streets tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21st. From “Polka Face”, which finds Weird Al doing Lady Gaga Polka style, to the hard rock of “CNA”, Weird Al Yankovic still gets laughs. Having met him in a shopping mall in Minnesota, in person he is very bizarre. I asked...
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Charlie: An Obscure Band to Explore

June 20, 2011

Maybe you have heard the song “It’s Inevitable”. If you haven’t, give it a whirl. Available for viewing on YouTube, the video has a great pie fight. A band that should have been much bigger, Charlie is worth a listen. Terry Thomas, if you don’t know the name, co-wrote and produced the Brian Howe...
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Owl City — ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’: A Review

June 15, 2011
Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful

  Adam Young aka Owl City may not put Owatonna, Minnesota on the map, but has a place in this world putting out songs of life and wonder. “The Real World” starts the latest release ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ out well. The keyboards and drum machines are as good as we think they should...
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Neil Young – ‘A Treasure’: A Review

June 14, 2011
Neil Young - A Treasure

Neil Young’s new release A Treasure features live recordings from the mid 80′s and many songs from Old Ways. Also included are songs previously rejected by Geffen records, and there are more still in the can. “Amber Jean” is a country flavored gem that was recorded on Nashville Now. All songs except the last three are...
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All Time Low – ‘Dirty Work’: A Review

June 10, 2011
All Time Low - Dirty Work

All Time Low’s new release Dirty Work was two years in the making and it shines because of this. Choosing to calculate quality over hurrying the rising popularity, All Time Low is actually going much higher. Polished punk rock pop sounds pretty good when aged to such standards as this. Starting out with “You Want...
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Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck it and See’: A Review

June 10, 2011
Arctic Monkeys - Suck it and See

The latest release from Arctic Monkeys ‘Suck it and See’ starts out with “She’s Thunderstorms”. This is a good song, but the lead guitar is what really makes this one interesting. “Black Treacle” has some intriguing lead guitar and a drum beat that does not disappoint. This is another really strong cut. “Brick by...
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Flogging Molly – ‘Speed of Darkness’: A Review

June 4, 2011
Flogging Molly - Speed of Darkness

Flogging Molly’s new release Speed of Darkness is a concept album about today’s working man. The first single ”Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” has the distortion rock guitars and is a great driving gritty song. The track is more Celtic rock flavored and gets thing’s going in the usual Flogging Molly style. Although not earth shattering, it...
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Death Cab For Cutie Releases ‘Codes and Keys’: A Review

June 2, 2011
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys

Codes and Keys shows the depth and range of styles veteran Alternative artists Death Cab For Cutie are capable of. “Home is a Fire” has some nice ambient synth sounds, a really good lighter beat, and an easy feel good sound to it. The title track has a piano and lilting synth combination and...
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Kate Bush Releases ‘Director’s Cut’: A Review

May 26, 2011
Kate Bush - Director's Cut

If you think redoing some of the best of her recent work is not a good idea, give this a listen. “Song of Solomon” has always been one of her best recent songs. Different percussion and vocals are noticeable on all of these songs. The background vocals have an interesting depth on this song,...
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Brad Paisley – ‘This is Country Music’: A Review

May 26, 2011
Brad Paisley - This is Country Music

It may be Brad Paisley is too good on the guitar. Never shy about doing blazing hot solos, they are in abundance on his brand new album This is Country Music. He really does shine on “Eastwood” which features Clint Eastwood. Western it is, and features a jaw dropping solo in the middle of the...
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Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’: A Review

May 22, 2011
Lady GaGa - Born This Way

Lady GaGa’s new release Born This Way is set to release on Monday, May 23rd. 2011. There is no arguing she is a mega superstar. It will sell millions. “Born This Way” is an okay single, better remixed. “Judas” is a better song although some argue the subject has been done better by other...
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Moby – ‘Destroyed’: A Review

May 19, 2011
Moby - Destroyed

  Electronic group Moby’s new release Destroyed has a synthesizer sound that is smooth and shimmering. This is quite a departure from Pop music’s obsession with harsh synthesizers that get noisy after awhile. If an electronic sound that swirls and flows appeals to you, the latest from Moby aims to please. “The Broken Places” has...
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