It Came From the 90′s! (…and so did this playlist!) by Tom Stillwagon

Brush off those old Doc Martens, and pop on your favorite flannel shirt.  I’m taking you back to the early 1990’s, to a little place called Seattle, Washington. For those of you that are old enough to remember, please enjoy this trip down memory lane. For those that are not, here, check this out.  Feel the angst. THIS WEEKS Fierce and Nerdy Playlist!!! – It Came From the 90′s Enjoy the last great revolution that pure rock music has offered us, and may ever offer us. Relevant or not (more than likely not) – a lot of these bands are still making noise: Mudhoney was recently the first band to play a live show atop the famous...

This Weeks Fierce and Nerdy Playlist!

Greetings nerds.  Tom here, with a special playlist delivery for you. New music from Beck, Jay Z, Lorde, Mavis Staples, and more. Tasty goodness for your ears.  Enjoy! THIS WEEKS Fierce and Nerdy Playlist!!! Rock over London.  Rock on Chicago. Image Credit:...

floyd! stax! 3 spotify playlists for your weekend [Tom Stillwagon]

Busy busy!   Back to regularly scheduled programming next week. In the meantime, I put together a special pair of playlists for you to enjoy this weekend. The first is a 3+ hour comprehensive look at Pink Floyd. The second is a Stax/Volt retrospective. Also, special guest nerd Sarah...

Kanye, Beck, Quasimoto, Music News and a Playlist! [Tom Stillwagon]

Greetings nerds. So, if you’re reading this, you have the Internet. And if you have the Internet, then you are aware that Kanye West has a new album out. It’s called Yeezus, and the majority of it does not suck. It is real angry and intense.  It is also exceedingly more thought out musically than most of the competition. Yeezus is Kanye’s love letter to himself.  It is also a big pile of hate mail for everyone around him.  Agents, his label, his contemporaries, ex-girlfriends and white people (especially white people) receive the beat-down on just about every track. Objectively speaking, Kanye West is pushing us forward musically and...

It’s So Bad, It’s Good! (And A Playlist)

Hello all. Before we get into the insanity, let us briefly discuss the concept of musical taste.  Taste is a slippery slope.  It is subjective in almost all cases.  When visualized, most people would perceive this subjection in the context of a straight line. At the far left end of the straight line dwells the worst music you’ve ever heard.  On the far right end, you find the best of the best of the best. I disagree with this visualization.  I’d rather perceive it in the form of a circle. In my model, the best of the best of the best sits directly next to the worst of the worst of the worst. Think of that straight line, and then bend it in...

Eight “MUST-SEE” Movies About Music – and a Playlist! [Tom Stillwagon]

Music!  Movies! Music movies! Nerds, rejoice!  I’m pulling together both worlds! Here is a list of eight must-see music documentaries. Have you seen all eight?  Have you seen any of them? Are you hearing a cheesy announcer voice in your head as you read this? Good! Here we go: —————————————————————————————————————————– (1) Meeting People Is Easy OK Computer-era Radiohead struggle with their...

THE FOUR GREATEST COLLABORATION TRAIN WRECKS IN ROCK HISTORY [TOM STILLWAGON]

Did the internet recently tell you about a long lost sixties collaboration between Neil Young and Rick James? Dude, me too! I was not familiar with the band they collaborated in, the Mynah Birds, so hearing the track was a real treat. Listening to it got me thinking, how does a collaboration of this magnitude maintain in obscurity for such a long time? I mean, Neil Young and Rick James! That’s pretty out there. Surely someone somewhere wanted to hear this. This got me thinking about how many other failed superstar collaborations there must be out there? Unreleased? Forgotten? How many times over the years have the greats teamed up,...

ten 2013 albums worth checking out [Tom Stillwagon]

So much cool 2013 music is out there to be heard people. We got new Iggy & the Stooges, new Strokes, new Kid Kudi, new Ra Ra Riot, and new Tomahawk. The soundtrack for The Great Gatsby appears to not suck, and allegedly, the Vampire Weekend record that just came out is quite good (although I’ve only heard a few tracks). While you patiently wait for the new Daft Punk album to drop tomorrow, here’s a list of ten solid albums you may have missed this year. Spotify can’t make all your decisions in life, you know. ATOMS FOR PEACE “AMOK” - Atoms For Peace – AMOK Thom Yorke and Flea are in a band together? Yeah, we got it....

BOWIE/OLDMAN 2016! Plus concerts, (music) news, a new Lauryn Hill song...

So this week, I had the privilege of seeing concerts from two different bands who named their band after a city they did not reside in. In two back-to-back nights! Why is this relevant, you may ask? It’s not. I just found it interesting. The world is a psychedelic place, yo. Both shows were...

Video Day! Plus the (music) news…and a playlist! by Tom Stillwagon

Today’s offering will be short on words, and long on media. Video day! Word. Remember back in school when you saw the teacher push that cart with the television into the room and you knew you weren’t going to have to read today and suddenly it was all good?  Yeah, it’s kind of like that. Let’s start with something new. Like, I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard this shit new. I’m pretty sure your hipster friends haven’t played him out already new. Martin Harley. British born, currently residing in Texas. Writes. Good. Songs. Catch him Saturday May 11th at the BottleRock Music Festival (Napa CA)...

Bummed I didn’t see you at Coachella…plus the (MUSIC) news and a playlist! by Tom Stillw...

First off, let’s talk about the 14th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which rocked Indio, California the past two weekends. The headliners for the 2013 lineup included the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as a reunited Wu Tang Clan on Sunday, Sigur Ros, Phoenix (featuring R. Kelly) and New Order on Saturday. Headlining Friday was a one-two punch from England’s yesteryear, Blur and the Stone Roses. The Stone Roses closed the first weekend, and then the order of the two bands were flip-flopped the second weekend to allow Blur to close the main stage. Coachella organizer-in-chief Paul Tollett claims this was planned all...

All (music) New’s That’s Fit to Print (and a playlist!) &#...

You probably missed it. Distributors offered us lots of reasons to go shopping on Record Store Day Saturday, including special limited edition vinyl releases by everybody from Bob Dylan to Brian Eno to Pink Floyd to Willie Nelson. Did you support your local mom & pop record store? Does...