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.


Curb Releases Hank Williams III’s ‘Hillbilly Joker’ Much to His Chagrin

May 17, 2011
Hank Williams III - Hillbilly Joker

It is obvious on the new release Hillbilly Joker that Hank Williams III is making Steve Earle’s rebellion against Nashville look like kindergarten. This nearly all Punk Rock or Cowpunk recording is easily Hank III’s most radical studio recording. Known for Punk Rock tendencies live, in the past there were country sounds on his...
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The Cars – ‘Move Like This’ Releases May 10th: A Review

May 9, 2011
The Cars - Move Like This

Is The Cars getting back together after so long a good idea? You better believe it is baby! The Cars’ new release Move Like This kicks off with”Blue Tip” and right away shows an excellent example. The guitars and synthesizers sound great together on this tune. “Too Late” features spaceship keyboards and jangling rock...
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Fleet Foxes Release Much Anticipated ‘Helplessness Blues’

May 5, 2011
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

The second release by Seattle’s Fleet Foxes is a mostly Alternative Folk sounding release. Starting out with “Montezuma”, background vocals compliment lead singer Robin Pecknold as do alot of their songs. This is mostly acoustic with ambience in the background. “Bedouin Dress” builds nicely with a haunting melody driving it. “Sim Sala Bim” is a...
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Uriah Heep – ‘Into the Wild’: A Review

May 3, 2011
Uriah Heep - Into the Wild

Long time rockers Uriah Heep from England prove Rock is not dead right from the start of their new release Into the Wild. The first song “Nail on the Head” gets things going great. This is one of the best tracks on the album. This is a wonderful cruising song. “I Can See You”...
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Mike and The Mechanics Release ‘The Road’: A Review

April 28, 2011
Mike + the Mechanics - The Road

With two new vocalists, UK’s R&B vocal sensation Andrew Roachford and Canadian-born (now residing in the UK) Tim Howar, there is a fresh new sound for Mike + The Mechanics. ”Background Noise” starts things off with a silky smooth vocal delivery. Excellent guitar playing begins here and is found on several tracks. “Heaven Doesn’t Care” starts...
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Steve Earle Releases ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’: A Review

April 26, 2011
Steve Earle Releases ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’: A Review

By Kenneth E. Oquist Steve Earle’s tribute to Townes Van Zant I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive hits the street. ”Waiting on the Sky” starts the release out quite infectiously and Townes Van Zant would appreciate it immensely. “Little Emperor” is very Folk sounding, with alot of fiddles and mandolin driving this song. “The...
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Norio Ohga: Father of the CD Dies at 81

April 23, 2011
Norio Ohga: Father of the CD Dies at 81

Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) announced today that its former President and Chairmen, Norio Ohga, had died at the age of 81 from multiple organ failure. I will never forget in 1985 the way I almost cried when I heard Chariots of Fire on CD. The sound was amazing to me. It is sad to hear...
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Steve Miller Band – ‘Let Your Hair Down’: A Review

April 23, 2011
Steve Miller Band – ‘Let Your Hair Down’: A Review

The Steve Miller Band’s new release Let Your Hair Down starts out with “Snatch It Back And Hold It” showcasing possibly the finest blues harp on the recording, which is also strong throughout this release. That’s harmonica for the uninformed. The rhythm guitar is really good also. “I Got Love If You Want It”...
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Gorillaz Releases ‘The Fall’: A Review

April 19, 2011
Gorillaz Releases ‘The Fall’: A Review

The latest release from the Alternative Rock group Gorillaz is titled ‘The Fall’. “Phoner To Arizona” says mega funky from the get go. The talking keyboards are an interesting touch. The flying saucers are in high gear on this song. “Revolving Doors” has a really good acoustic guitar sound with a funky beat the...
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Low Releases ‘C’mon’: A Review

April 16, 2011
Low Releases ‘C’mon’: A Review

Low may not put Duluth, Minnesota on the Alternative Rock map, but they are an excellent group worth looking into. I have been into their unique sound for several years. With the song “Try To Sleep” being free on Amazon, there is no reason not to give them a whirl. While you’re at it,...
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Foo Fighters Releases ‘Wasting Light’: A Review

April 13, 2011
Foo Fighters Releases ‘Wasting Light’: A Review

The Foo Fighters deliver a loud recording with their new release ‘Wasting Light’. No watered down Alternative Rock is to be found here. In fact, diversity is at a minimum. Starting out with “Bridge”, they are roaring like a lion with very little lamb on this release. “Rope” continues with more edgy music proving...
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TV On The Radio’s ‘Nine Types of Light’ Releases April 12th: A Review

April 10, 2011
TV On The Radio’s ‘Nine Types of Light’ Releases April 12th: A Review

As a fan of  the band TV On The Radio for a few years, I find their new release ‘Nine Types of Light’ intriguing. There is nothing bad here. I would say right out of the box good to go. Four and a half stars all the way. “Caffeinated Consciousness ” has a stabbing keyboard...
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Colin Hay’s ‘Gathering Mercury’: A Review

April 5, 2011
Colin Hay’s ‘Gathering Mercury’: A Review

The new release from Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, ‘Gathering Mercury’, kicks off with ”Send Somebody”. It’s a really good start and a fine example of Colin Hay on the lighter side. It’s also a great sounding song! “Family Man” starts out mellow with a more rock sound further into the song. “Invisible”...
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