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.

Daytona 500 2012: Today on Fox — 12:00 Noon ET

February 26, 2012
Danica Patrick - NASCAR - Daytona 500

By Kenneth E. Oquist The starting lineup is set for The February Classic and The Daytona 500, a huge start to the NASCAR season. The pole winner is Carl Edwards, with Greg Biffle also on the first row. Winning Gatorade Duel 1 on Thursday was Tony Stewart. He will start in the second row....
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Lambchop – Mr. M: A Review

February 21, 2012
Lambchop - Mr. M

If unusual, laid back music is your thing, you should give Lambchop’s latest release ‘Mr.M’ a listen — and their entire catalog for that matter. They remind me somewhat of the duo Mark-Almond. They also have some strong bass for such mellow tunes. “If Not I’ll Just Die” is a string soaked orchestral ditty...
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54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

February 13, 2012
Adele Wins Grammys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Tony Bennett won for Pop Vocal Traditional and Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse for Pop Vocal Duo/Group also won. This is not a huge surprise. Allison Krause won for Bluegrass and Steve Martin did not. Weird Al Yankovic lost to “Hilarious” by Louis C.K..I guess he wasn’t funny enoughfor Best Comedy Album. Wilco...
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54th Annual Grammy Awards — CBS, February 12th, 2012

February 12, 2012
Grammy Awards

It is time for music’s biggest night. This is the only awards show I pay attention to. If you are interested in many offbeat awards, you can monitor the lesser winners on the website as it happens. I think Adele will do well and Lady Gaga will not. Look for Song of the...
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Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth: A Review

February 11, 2012
Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

David Lee Roth is back in the line up on Van Halen’s new release A Different Kind of Truth, and this rocks! Some people don’t know what to think about the song “Tattoo”. It sounds like Van Halen to me. It will sneak up on you. “She’s the Woman” is a great rockin’ tune —...
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Ringo Starr – ‘Ringo 2012′: A Review

February 10, 2012
Ringo Starr

By Kenneth E. Oquist Once you get over the fact this is under thirty minutes, you will like Ringo Starr’s new release Ringo 2012. “Step Lightly” is redone very well here. From Ringo (1973), this was the b-side of “Oh My My”. The beat had a lilt to it. It’s done quite a bit different...
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Acoustic Research AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones: A Review

February 3, 2012
Acoustic Research AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones

The only downside to Acoustic Research’s AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones is that the base has to be plugged in. The AWD205 headphones are light and features a generously long 3.5 mm plug for the music source. The range is 150 feet, and not an exaggeration. The phones are light and generously padded for their...
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Tim McGraw – ‘Emotional Traffic’: A Review

January 30, 2012
Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic

Missing the big Christmas music blast wasn’t a bad thing for Tim McGraw. With big name releases being few and far between early in the year, his new release ‘Emotional Traffic’ really stands out. I liked the title of this right away. “Felt Good on My Lips” has an interesting alternative guitar sound. One...
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Preview: Bruce Springsteen’s 17th Studio Album ‘Wrecking Ball’

January 29, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Song titles for the March 6th, 2012 release of Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ are the new single “We Take Care of Our Own”, which sounds haunting — like a song from Springtsteen’s earlier releases ‘Born to Run’ or ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’. After hearing this, I can say I...
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Lacuna Coil – ‘Dark Adrenaline’: A Review

January 21, 2012
Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline

The beginning of the year is always an excellent time to explore edgy obscure music. I really don’t know why Lacuna Coil is not more well known. The lady and guy with a hard rocking sound is quite compelling in general. Their latest is no exception. “Trip the Darkness” has a creepy feel to...
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Dia Frampton – Red: A Review

January 12, 2012
Dia Frampton - Red

If January is weighing heavy on you, perhaps you should lighten the load with Dia Frampton. I had her new release ‘Red’ on the back burner, but when I heard  it, I wanted to analyze this further.  Move this up on the playlist in a hurry if you know what is good for you....
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Sergio Mendes – Confetti: A Retro Review

January 8, 2012
Sergio Mendes - Confetti

Sergio Mendes’ classic release ‘Confetti’ has been much under appreciated due to the heavy Adult Contemporary focus. To some it is not Latin enough. Most of the airplay he gets in the U.S. is from Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary stations, so this thinking makes little sense. The minor Top 40 hit, featuring Joe...
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Nightwish – ‘Imaginaerum’: A Review

December 29, 2011
Nightwish - Imaginaerum

If you like a sound like Roxette on steroids, give the new release from Nightwish ‘Imaginaerum’ a try. Europe seems willing to take more of a musical chance than the USA. The group is from Kitee, Finland. Nightwish is a hidden gem, indeed. “Taikatalvi” is a nice introduction to this release. It feels somewhat...
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