Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame-Bruce Cockburn

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August 4, 2013
Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame-Bruce Cockburn

Bruce is a good singer. Bruce is a good electric guitar player. Bruce is an absolutely stellar acoustic guitar player. His first album is okay. His second album ‘High Winds White Sky” is one of the best acoustic albums of all time. ‘Dancing in the Dragons Jaws’ featuring the hit ‘”Wondering Where the Lions...
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The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

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July 20, 2013
The Pet Shop Boys ‘Electric’ is a Winner.

‘Elysium’ released only 10 months ago, was to me a disappointment. One of my least favorites in the entire catalogue, at best is only 3 stars. ‘Electric’ is what The Pet Shop Boys sound like on their best releases, like themselves. “Axis” starts out with a keyboard wash intro and gets funky. The beat...
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Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

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May 16, 2013
Oscar Winning FX Company Pushes Back Against Big Studios

By Will Sterling As the statue was being handed to the winners of the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, Rhythm and Hues, the company responsible for the VFX of Life of PI, was filing for bankruptcy. Much has been made of the plight of the digital FX powerhouses since then. For artists working in Animatronics...
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Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

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May 14, 2013
Here Come The Mummies — ‘Cryptic’: A Review

Here Come The Mummies again with a new release entitled ‘Cryptic’. They may be coming to a venue near you. I am going to the show at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Ia. “You Know the Drill” has some nice funky guitars and of course punchy horns.”Chaperone” is an excellent song driven by...
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Melvins-’Everybody Loves Sausages’: A Review

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May 7, 2013
Melvins-’Everybody Loves Sausages’: A Review

The Melvin’s latest effort is cover songs that have been an influence to the band. The Seattle area band has been an influence in their own right. “Black Betty” may sound odd to some, but short and odd is quite the norm, if you are into them at all. They can also be quite...
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The Kentucky Derby No. 139: Overanalyze/Java’s War on NBC 5 PM Central/6 PM Eastern/3PM Pacific May 4th, 2013

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May 3, 2013
The Kentucky Derby No. 139: Overanalyze/Java’s War on NBC 5 PM Central/6 PM Eastern/3PM Pacific May 4th, 2013

    May 4th might just be the of the biggest  couple of minutes of the year. This makes the horse Overanalyze my top pick. I have been known to live this horse’s name at times. It beats not paying attention to what is going on. The  horse  Java’s War intrigues me big time...
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The Mahones ‘Angel & Devils’: A Review

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March 16, 2013
The Mahones ‘Angel & Devils’: A Review

This has been out since late last year, but don’t forget this for your St. Patrick’s Day music. As with all their releases, you always get four stars every time. This is no exception. Let me say Four plus plus here. The title track is simply a loud acoustic song as is the theme...
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Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell’s ‘Old Yellow Moon’ has a Grammy Winning Feel

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March 13, 2013
Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell’s ‘Old Yellow Moon’ has a Grammy Winning Feel

This screams Grammy Winner past just being a nominee. I like it a lot being a huge Rodney fan. That being said, this is what Grammy voters swoon over. That would be veteran collaborations such as this. I would say this is 4 and 1/2 star listening. “Black Caffeine” has the romance and caffeine...
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The 55th Grammy Awards Results.

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February 11, 2013
The 55th Grammy Awards Results.

  The results for the 55th Grammys are in. The Best New Artist was Fun and this is a good choice. The Record of the Year goes to Gotye with “Someone I Used to Know”. The biggie The Album of the Year was ‘Babel’ by Mumford and Sons. The Song of the Year goes...
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The Dropkick Murphy’s — ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’: A Review

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January 29, 2013
The Dropkick Murphy’s — ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’: A Review

By Kenneth E. Oquist ‘Signed and Sealed in Blood’, the latest from The Dropkick Murphy’s out of Boston, is solid from beginning to end. “The Season’s Upon us” is a holiday song with a dark side to it. It paints a realistic dark family portrait. “End of the Night” has a sing along chorus...
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‘Pretzel Logic’-Steely Dan’s Lyrically Unique Gem

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January 13, 2013
‘Pretzel Logic’-Steely Dan’s Lyrically Unique Gem

This is not Steely Dan’s best. That would be ‘Aja’. There are a few other releases by the Dan better. There are none more interesting than ‘Pretzel Logic’. This is the most lyrically interesting release possibly ever recorded. The Beatles had songs that were amazing non-sensical lyrically . They did not do an entire...
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Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

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December 29, 2012
Rick Springfield’s ‘Songs For the End of the World’ is Essential Rock: A Review

When chicks were screaming for Rick, I called it Rick ‘n’ Roll. Even those guys that may have thought he wasn’t cool, they were probably jealous. Teen icons come and go, but the latest from Rick is 4++ solid veteran Rock listening. Do not let this get lost in major releases. This is really...
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Stocking Stuffers 2-More Selections

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December 21, 2012
Stocking Stuffers 2-More Selections

Here are some more great song suggestions. “Hoop Dancer” by Bruce Cockburn is a fantastic song. The art of Native American dance is the subject of this song.  The live version of ‘Dialogue With the Devil” from ‘Circles in the Stream’ is much better than the studio version. Sarah Cracknell’s “Anymore” is quite a...
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