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August 11, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Time* Sex* Love* (2001) 11/15

OK! The Roger Hodgson review is 100 percent written. It's quite long, though, and still needs some heavy editing. I'm going to let myself read it over again a few times in the morning before posting it.

In the meantime, I did end up burning through my entire review back-log apart from the Hodgson live review. This means that my secret goal to update everyday is probably going to fall by the wayside. (Maybe I can catch back up tomorrow before the Yes & Procol Harum show?)

Also, album-by-score and year-lists are up to date, except I noticed that my overall review count on the front page was one review short. I'm about to hit 1,000 (again), and if my count was one short, it would ruin everything!

--M.L.

August 10, 2012

The Yardbirds: Having a Rave Up (1965) 13/15

The Yardbirds review must mean that I'm not finished writing about the Roger Hodgson concert. ...I've been working on it all day, and I'm only done with about 80 percent of the first draft. Again it's ridiculously long. Four pages so far but probably won't go too far beyond that. I'm not sure what people think about reading those lengthy things, but I find they're A LOT of fun to write. In some respects, they're more fun to write than they are to actually experience. (For instance when I saw The Bangles last November, I was freaking out for some reason. But then when I got home, I laughed about it. That was an extreme case, though.) Tomorrow I definitely plan to be finished with the first draft, but I have a feeling it still won't be in a state to upload.

The concert was a lot of fun, and from what I understand, Hodgson putting on a show in the Northwest was an extremely really rare event. So I'm glad as hell I went. (One note to self, though: I shouldn't review a bunch of albums by an artist in the days leading up to a concert. I mean, it was great, but when Hodgson was singing "Don't Leave Me Now," it felt like I was sick of it from listening to it a lot recently from writing that review.) My next question is when is the Davies-led Supertramp going to come up here?

Also I did end up buying that Psychedelic Furs ticket, and I'm definitely going to do a page on them. Hopefully after quickly finishing up the Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin pages, which I was supposed to have finished last May! (I'm slow... Very slow...)

--M.L.

August 9, 2012

The Lilac Time: lilac6 (2001) 12/15

I also reevaluated Looking for a Day in the Night to be a rather weak 12. I thought that there's no way in hell an overall solid album with so many high-scoring songs on it deserved an 11. The lack of diversity sort of got on my nerves when I reviewed that... last October. (Yeah, I finally got around to doing the follow-up.) I had that review done for awhile. For some weird reason, I think I'm more relaxed when I write knowing that I don't have to publish the review RIGHT AWAY, so I've been keeping a little back-log. Hence an update even though I'm leaving in about a half an hour to go see my good friend Roger Hodgson. (I think my sources were flawed when I called that casino rinky-dink yesterday. The pictures of it looked like it was very clean. Clearly they use the money they rob from weak-willed people to benefit their architecture.)

Tomorrow since I'm taking it off only to sleep in and--er--blog I may or may not be able to post the review. If not, then I'll post my review of.... drum roll...... Havin' a Rave-Up. After that, the next Mary Chapin Carpenter album. ....After after that, Powerhouse by White Heart, which I am currently 1 1/2 paragraphs into.

I might also finally update those Year-lists and Album-by-score list, because I bought an ergonomic mouse. (I click A LOT at work, hence my hesitation to click A LOT at home. But after buying this nice mouse, I can click a lot once more.)

--M.L.

August 8, 2012

Roger Hodgson: In the Eye of the Storm (1984) 12/15

I didn't quite realize this until now, but it's going to take me more than an hour to drive to the Hodgson concert tomorrow, and it's through rush hour traffic. ...It's in Snoqualmie, which is a place I've never been to before, but it's famous for that waterfall from the opening credits of Twin Peaks. Maybe I should go visit it? And then I'll get the soundtrack stuck in my head.

Also just this evening I got an e-mail notifying me of a couple more upcoming concerts that (aggh!) I'm very interested in attending. The first is The Psychedlic Furs and the second is Cat Power. Hm, they're not on sale just yet, so I still have time to consider it, but they're both on Saturdays, and the tickets are cheap (i.e. less than $30). This Hodgson concert tomorrow of course is a Thursday, but I'm taking Friday off work, so it's a special thing. I only get two weeks of vacation a year, so I can only do this sparingly. Additionally, I'm taking Monday off work to go to that Yes/Procol Harum thing on Sunday. That concert also happens to be at the same venue, a casino, that I hear is pretty rinky dink. (...The full assessment of the casino will surely show up in my reviews, which will be needlessly detailed. As usual.)

--M.L.

August 7, 2012

Supertramp: ...Famous Last Words (1982) 11/15

Phew. I'm tired. It seems like I spend hours editing these reviews, and they still come out pretty awful. (Maybe it'll read better in the morning?)

...And all this Supertramp excitement is making me forget that I'm also seeing Procol Harum on Sunday, which was one of those bands that I've been listening to for exactly 10 years now. (Procol Harum is opening for Yes, but I'm going to pretend that Yes crashed the Procol Harum concert.)

--M.L.

August 6, 2012

Supertramp: Paris (1980) 10/15

I dreamed last night I was at the Hodgson concert. At first there were only a dozen or so people in the audience, and he was pissed about that. But then he sat down at a keyboard and sang some Supertramp songs (one of which I remember distinctly "It's Raining Again"), and the next thing I knew the place was crowded. However, almost none of the seats actually faced the stage. ...I don't know why theaters are like that in my dreams. It's either that, or my view of the stage is partially behind a wall or something.

Anyway, I think I have a little too much Supertramp on the brain. But I must press on with the page anyway.

--M.L.

August 5, 2012

Supertramp: Breakfast in America (1979) 13/15

Whoah boy, it is HOT today. Probably not hotter than where most of you live, but I live in a land where most people don't own air conditioners. This is the one week a year that we get weather hotter than 80 degrees, which explains why most people don't own air conditioners. ...A weird thing I miss about living in Kansas was going into a movie theater, and experiencing that first BLAST of heavy air conditioning. Around here, I went to the movies once or twice on a really hot day, and there was no blast! Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed. (If I ever go back to the Midwest in summer, I'm going to the movies for old times' sake.)

--M.L.

August 4, 2012

Joy Williams: By Surprise (2002) 8/15

A Supertramp review is next...

--M.L.

August 2, 2012

Alice Cooper: Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011) 10/15

Hah, I bet you weren't expecting me to get around to that one, were you!!!! (By the way, the "college try" of finishing the Supertramp page in one week actually means to fail miserably. I am hoping at least to get to Roger Hodgson's first solo album by then, which was actually the original reason I started that page. The live show was just a pleasant coincidence.)

--M.L.

July 31, 2012

Supertramp: Even in the Quietest Moments... 12/15

Will be giving it the old college try to finish that Supertramp page in time for the concert. (Meaning that I probably won't make it.)

--M.L.

July 29, 2012

Shawn Colvin: A Whole New You (2001) 12/15

--M.L.

July 28, 2012

Big Blue Ball: Big Blue Ball (2008) 13/15

OK, I'm hoping that this site won't slip into another hiatus... or at least until I upload my next couple of concert reviews (which in two weeks is Roger Hodgson and Yes/Procol Harum). I guess all this overtime I worked last week doesn't help these matters! (Urgh! Why do airplanes have to be so complicated?)

And as if I'm not going to enough concerts this year, (now bringing this to a grand total of 11) there's another one to add to the mix. I'm going to Las Vegas in October where I'll see Elton John. (Unfortunately I had to pass up a Bob Dylan/Mark Knopfer show in Seattle at the same weekend, which might have been good because I recently reviewed some of the albums they worked on together. But, oh well, I've already seen Dylan anyway!) I think this Vegas review might read more like a travelogue, especially since I've never stepped foot in that city, so I apologize for that in advance. The next weekend I'm going to Portland for a few days where I'll see the St. Vincent/David Byrne show. I'll also find some things to do around the city (or maybe totally wing it), so that could be another travelogue.

In the meantime, I'll try to write as many record reviews as I can. But--as usual--sometimes I just don't get to 'em. So no promises! (I noticed a couple years ago if I don't promise reviews, I tend to write far more of them. Though a couple years ago I was in college and had about a billion hours of free time. At work, they pretty much expect me to work the whole time.)

--M.L.

July 22, 2012

Arabesque: Arabesque VIII: Dance Dance Dance (1983) 11/15

That marks the end of the Arabesque rewrites, although they had one more album before they broke up. (There was also a live album, but I can't seem to find it anywhere, so I'll forget about it.) I also considered reviewing Sandra's solo albums and then perhaps moving onto Enigma, but I think I have plenty to do without writing about those. (Sandra's solo career is where she gets VERY serious, and thus it becomes insufferable. I remember kind of enjoying the first Enigma album when I listened to it a few years ago, I remember while I was studying for some engineering exam. The second one seemed to drop off, though.)

So it will be onto Michael Bolton rewrites next. (Groan.) I'll also see if I can review some of his '70s albums when he was known (by very few people) as Michael Bolotin as well as his late-'70s/early-'80s band called Blackjack. (A member of Blackjack was Bruce Kulick, who would later become a member of Kiss. This explains why Michael Bolton co-wrote a Kiss song in 1989.) Maybe more importantly, I'm going to review Everybody's Crazy, which has a very amusing album cover.

--M.L.

July 21, 2012

Ray Davies Live in Seattle (July 14, 2012)

So even though the Ray Davies show was about half the length of the Beach Boys show, the review is quite a bit longer! (And, yes, it is too long.) I'm also probably publishing this a little prematurely, and it needs more editing, but I wanted to publish now to finally get it over with. Just so it doesn't continue to go unpublished. I also have about three weeks to finish the Supertramp page. It's kind of doubtful I'll make it, though!

--M.L.

July 18, 2012

The Beach Boys Live in Woodinvile, Wash (July 13, 2012)

OK, one needlessly wordy concert review done. One even more needlessly wordy concert review to go. I had both reviews completed yesterday, but they take a few hours each to edit. (And I have a little more polishing to do on The Beach Boys review, but I sometimes don't notice things after publishing them. Feel free to check back tomorrow if you want.) The Davies review right now is massive, close to five pages (somehow I managed to add a page since Monday). I'll try to trim it down if I can. Also, the tone of the Davies review is written far more fanboyishly than The Beach Boys' (as fanboyish as that was). The reason for this could be because I somehow found myself in the third-row center, and that was intense!

--M.L.

July 16, 2012

Joy Williams: Joy Williams (2001) 6/15

So the Beach Boys and Ray Davies concerts were both a blast. I'm nearly finished writing my meticulously detailed Ray Davies review (spanning more than four pages), but still have quite a bit left to go to complete The Beach Boys review. I want to make sure they're thoroughly edited before posting them.

The update today is a review I'd already written but hadn't posted until now. I got a bit carried away with writing reviews over the Fourth of July and the subsequent weekend, and there are still a few other already-written reviews in the can that just needed editing before posting. This review is the result of something I said a few days back that I was going to review a "hip new" band. This band, chosen almost at random, is The Civil Wars. However, after hearing the album a bunch of times, I noticed that both members had previous solo careers. Joy Williams' was quite an unexpected one. This got me interested enough to review them... (or maybe perversely interested).

--M.L.

July 12, 2012

Supertramp: Crisis? What Crisis? (1975) 11/15

I'm gearing up to see The Beach Boys tomorrow! And Ray Davies the next day! (...and then probably sleeping all of Sunday.) I've never done anything close to back-to-back concerts like this. What's more, these are easily two of the Top Five pop songwriters from the '60s, so I'll be nerding out this weekend more than I've ever nerded out before.

--M.L.

July 11, 2012

Bob Dylan: Infidels (1983) 11/15

--M.L.

July 9, 2012

Kiss: Creatures of the Night (1982) 8/15

Alright, I said earlier that I wanted to have Procol Harum and Yes pages before the concert, which is in almost exactly a month. That no longer will happen. However, they'll be the next "new" pages I start after I finish up some of the current pages. That is with the exception of one "modern" band I've decided to start on a whim, though. This I thought would be a one-album band, but I didn't realize until later that both its members have back catalogs... one member of which started out in the music biz completely differently from where she ended up. (Hmm... let's see if anyone can guess which band I'm talking about...)

--M.L.

July 8, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Party Doll and Other Favorites (1999) 12/15

Hm... Regarding that Ed Asner thing. I found out recently that Asner is a pretty hardcore 9/11 Truther, and the title of the play is Ed Asner as FDR. That made me suspicious that this play was going to be about how FDR supposedly had advance knowledge about Pearl Harbor. ...I then read a little bit about the play, and it turns out that's not what the play is about at all. But still. I'll be looking for any and all subversive 9/11 Truther propaganda when I go there in February. Even where it might not exist.

--M.L.

July 5, 2012

Supertramp: Crime of the Century (1974) 12/15

The Beach Boys concert is in eight days and the Ray Davies concert is in nine days. The Davies concert is downtown and I'm going alone, so I'm going to be verrrry antsy about it. And I'm also going to be quite busy trying to recollect everything for the reviews! Another show I got tickets for, but this show is verrrry minor in my book is the Del McCoury Band in late October (my dad wanted to see some bluegrass). I'm also got tickets next February for a one-man play starring Ed Asner. Even though neither of these acts are pop-rock, they will still probably get reviews. Why? Because why shouldn't they?

--M.L.

July 4, 2012

Peter Gabriel: Up (2002) 11/15

I've been getting the desire to review some new groups (many of which are just as good as the old bands), especially if my interest in going to Sasquatch actually comes to fruition. Just to try to anticipate the acts that might show up there.

Also I hadn't checked my web traffic for awhile, but was surprised to see that it had grown. (About 100 hits per day... I remember being surprised that it was getting 50 hits about five years ago.) This kind of makes me feel bad for not updating more often.

--M.L.

July 1, 2012

Arabesque VII: Why No Reply (1982) 9/15

I'm quietly considering going to Sasquatch next year. Not sure if I would really do it, but... well, quietly considering. If I go ever, it'd have to be next year since I believe I'm well passed the median age for most guests.

--M.L.

June 30, 2012

Paper House: Cascade Green (2011) 11/15
Bob Dylan: Shot of Love (1981) 11/15

I really don't know why it took me so long to write this Paper House review, but here it is. Finally!

--M.L.

June 25, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: A Place in the World (1996) 8/15

So there's the Mary Chapin Carpenter album that I was stuck on for the last three weeks or so! I did say at some point on my forum that I was going to drop her discography after this point, but I've since changed my mind. ...I'd might as well stick with it and also her next album is kind of fun.

--M.L.

June 24, 2012

Natalie Merchant Live: Seattle, Wash. (June 22, 2012)

Oh man, I've been doing an awful job updating this site. And I probably wouldn't have updated today if I didn't have this concert review to write. Gotta preserve those memories, after all.

There are a couple other concert tickets I bought recently that I'll tell you about. I'm going to see Neil Young in November. I'm also seeing David Byrne & St. Vincent in October who I guess are collaborating on an album. The Byrne/St. Vincent show is in Portland (despite them also playing a Seattle show). Unfortunately, I wasn't warned about this show in advance, and there happened to be more seats available closer to the stage in Portland. Also, I was planning on going on vacation in mid-October, and now I have an excuse to visit Portland. It's such a nicer town than Seattle! (Blasphemy! But true.) Previously, I was considering visiting someplace more exotic: Hawaii. But honestly, I couldn't figure out what there is to actually do there. That is other than drinking alcohol and hanging around a beach. Boring.

--M.L.

May 31, 2012

Kiss: Music From "The Elder" (1981) 9/15

--M.L.

May 27, 2012

Supertramp: Indelibly Stamped (1971) 11/15

OK, I made the decision to get started with Yes and Procol Harum pages as soon as the Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter pages are through (which don't have a whole lot left to go). Not that I really need "education" on them before I go see them in concert in August... it would just be great to have pages on them. They were also on the old site although I didn't complete either of their discographies.

--M.L.

May 25, 2012

Shawn Colvin: Holiday Songs and Lullabies (1998) 8/15

This was a pretty weird day today. I had to go home sick in the middle of the day due to nausea. I had a pretty rich dinner the night before, which was a mistake. I should know to stick to soda crackers!

I also finally bought a Jimi Hendrix album. ...I'm a little late to the game, aren't I? Well, it's one of the best I've ever heard...

--M.L.

May 23, 2012

The Buggles: Adventures in Modern Recording (1981) 11/15

Yes! I finished a page! (OK, maybe I should do more two-album bands, so I can feel good about myself more often.)

--M.L.

May 20, 2012

Supertramp: Supertramp (1970) 11/15
Arabesque: Arabesque VI (1981) 9/15

--M.L.

May 19, 2012

Bob Dylan: Saved (1980) 7/15

Phew! Updated! ...In case you're curious, I decided to hold off the Kate Bush rewrites for now. I'll save those for after I finish/do the Arabesque/Michael Bolton/Eurythmics rewrites.

What I'm going to do FINALLY though is write the first Supertramp review.

--M.L.

May 17, 2012

Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs (1996) 13/15

Oh man, I'm doing horribly updating this site! Well, here's at least one update. (I'll probably tone down the Carpenter/Colvin reviews now that the concert is over, and I totally missed my deadline.) I also was listening to "New Thing Now" from A Few Small Repairs last night and... er... I now sort of think I heard her sing that at the concert. I was trying to memorize a handful of lyrics from each song that they were singing so I'd be able to remember them after the show, and I was getting a few 'buzzwords' when I heard that song. It's definitely not one of the more memorable songs from the album (for me, anyway), which is probably why I forgot it. But now I had to remove all references to her not singing anything from A Few Small Repairs.

--M.L.

May 13, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin Live: Edmonds, Wash. (May 11, 2012)

Hello! Well the concert was a success. But the review--as reviews seem to do nowadays--took way longer to write than I think it should have. But here it is. It was an entertaining show but quite honestly I would rank it toward the bottom of all the concerts I've ever been to. And understandably, too, since I've never exactly ogled over them.

The next concert I'm going to is Natalie Merchant in June. (My dad is the big fan of hers. Of the seven concerts I have lined up this year, this is the only one that wasn't my idea.)

--M.L.

May 5, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Stones in the Road (1994) 9/15

Uh oh... A Mary Chapin Carpenter album I didn't like a whole lot. ...I hope she doesn't read this site. I don't want her glaring at me.

--M.L.

May 4, 2012

Arabesque: Arabesque V: In For a Penny (1981) 9/15

Once again, apologies for the lack of updates. My excuse this time is that I've been working lots and lots of overtime (I think something like 16 hours in the last two weeks). Also next week, I'm going to the first of seven concerts I'm attending this "summer." That is the Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin show. ...I was really hoping to get their pages done by then, but I guess it didn't quite happen!

--M.L.

April 25, 2012

Shawn Colvin: Live '88 (1995) 10/15

So what I said yesterday about NOTHING stopping me from seeing Ringo Starr in concert fell through the cracks when I got a notice on my phone this morning that Ray Davies would be in town on the same day. Not a whole lot of acts could ever trump Ringo Starr, but that one does... At any rate, I'm massively nerding out.

--M.L.

April 24, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Come On Come On (1992) 11/15

Apologies for the lack of updates! I'm also not sure if I'm totally petering out right now or if I'm gearing up for another run of regular updates. ...I guess I still haven't figured out why I write these reviews.

Also, it's concert-ticket buying season, and I have quite a few exciting things I'm going to attend. Naturally, of course, there shall be reviews of them. (I might try shortening them... and making them seem less snotty. My INXS review was terrible.)

In addition to the one's I've already mentioned, I'm going to see Roger Hodgson and Yes/Procol Harum at a casino in August. (Oh, I'll definitely sit through Yes to see Gary Brooker, thanks! After Gary Brooker, I might even enjoy Yes.)

Tickets for The Beach Boys, Ringo Starr, and Blondie/Devo go on sale Saturday and nothing shall stop me from getting those unless they're sold out within the first 20 minutes. There are a few others I'm thinking about: John Fogerty, Steve Martin/Emmylou Harris, Earth Wind & Fire, and Crosby Stills & Nash. The latter two have pages on this site, so... er... does that mean I'm obligated? ...Well I'm not going to see Madonna, so that wouldn't be the only time I'd skip out on an "obligation!"

--M.L.

April 7, 2012

Peter Gabriel: Long Walk Home (2002) 12/15

--M.L.

April 6, 2012

Bob Dylan: Slow Train Coming (1979) 12/15

--M.L.

April 3, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Shooting Straight in the Dark (1990) 12/15

So, I had that Rick Astley review written about three weeks ago (after mentioning SAW in a Queen review), and I realized how close it was to April 1. So... there it was... Frank Zappa is on my "radar" for the relatively near future, since he's on the old site.

I'm glad I've been enjoying the Mary Chapin Carpenter albums. That'll mean I'll enjoy the concert. Her next album seems pretty good, too, but I'm only four songs into it. --M.L.

April 1, 2012

Frank Zappa: Freaked Out! (1966) 13/15
Frank Zappa: Absolutely Free (1967) 12/15
Frank Zappa: Lumpy Gravy (1967) 10/15
Frank Zappa: We're Only in it for the Money (1968) 12/15
Frank Zappa: Cruising with Ruben & The Jets (1968) 10/15
Frank Zappa: Uncle Meat (1969) 11/15
Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (1969) 13/15
Frank Zappa: Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970) 13/15
Frank Zappa: Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970) 12/15
Frank Zappa: Chunga's Revenge (1970) 11/15
Frank Zappa: Fillmore East - June 1971 (1971) 10/15
Frank Zappa: 200 Motels (1971) 9/15
Frank Zappa: Just Another Band from L.A. (1972) 10/15
Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawka (1972) 11/15

So ever since last November, I've been secretly working on Frank Zappa's discography. I had hoped to finish out his whole discography by now, but this guy was quite a tall order!

--M.L.

March 31, 2012

Kiss: Unmasked (1980) 8/15

--M.L.

March 30, 2012

The Yardbirds: For Your Love (1965) 12/15

It was about 9 o'clock and I told myself I would finish that Yardbirds review quickly and go to bed relatively early... but somehow it became 11 o'clock. Hm...

--M.L.

March 29, 2012

Shawn Colvin: Cover Girl (1994) 10/15

--M.L.

March 28, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: State of the Heart (1989) 11/15

--M.L.

March 27, 2012

Bob Dylan: At Budokan (1979) 12/15
Arabesque: Arabesque IV: Midnight Dancer (1980) 11/15

A two-fer! (Well, as I divulged yesterday, the difficult review was already written before today.) The next update is Mary Chapin Carpenter. (I have to finish her discography by May 11th!!!!!!!!!!)

--M.L.

March 26, 2012

Kiss: Dynasty (1979) 10/15

Uh-oh! I'm starting to feel my enthusiasm for keeping this site updated slipping already. (That Kiss review, I kind of think is sub-par. Or maybe it isn't too bad, and I'm just in one of those moods.) Also, for some reason I have Dylan's At Bodukar written already, but it needs to be edited heavily. After that, I'm already planning on the next Arabesque rewrite.

--M.L.

March 24, 2012

Peter Gabriel: OVO (2000) 12/15

--M.L.

March 21, 2012

Shawn Colvin: Fat City (1992) 10/15

--M.L.

March 20, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Hometown Girl (1987) 11/15

You might notice I extended my review of Shawn Colvin's Steady On quite a bit. ...I decided to humor an irate reader, who probably won't even bother to read what I changed about it (though perhaps there's just a tinge of smart-assery in there). Generally speaking, I don't want to write long reviews like that, and I don't want to reprint lyrics if they don't mean much to me. I did it there, though.

--M.L.

March 18, 2012

The Yardbirds: Five Live Yardbirds (1964) 11/15
Arabesque: Arabesque III: Margiot Bay (1980) 10/15

Yes, another 10 to an Arabesque album. Well. It's based on pure entertainment value, of course.

--M.L.

March 17, 2012

Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live (1994) 12/15
Shawn Colvin: Steady On (1989) 11/15

Oh man... I got an e-mail from someone really upset with my Michael Bolton reviews. I was already planning on rewriting those after I finished those Arabesque things. This only puts that commitment in plaster! (I still think I won't like him. But I'll try to be fairer.)

--M.L.

March 16, 2012

Bob Dylan: Street Legal (1978) 10/15

So the new queue is working out well, I think. I just have a bunch of lists of discographies, and I can work from whichever one I feel like. So I might zip through some of them quickly and others might drag on for years. (Well... I guess all these discographies have been dragging on for years. But.... more years.)

I will divulge what on that list I've listened to in the past two days: Kiss' Dynasty, Shawn Colvin's Steady On and Fat City, Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live, Arabesque's Arabesque III, and The Yardbirds' Five Live Yardbirds. I could write any Kate Bush rewrite whenever. I'd imagine I'd progress very slowly through The Yardbirds list, and I'm free to do that now!

As of this moment, I've never completely sat through an entire Mary Chapin Carpenter album before, and I'm not even sure I'd like her. (I added her to the list, because she's going to be on stage with Shawn Colvin. In fact, she's the headlining act. I was hoping maybe she was Richard Carpenter's illegitimate half-sister, but no dice. So, I figured I'd better get accustomed to her, too.)

I've also changed the definition of 'rewrites' to mean things that are rewritten on the main site. I guess I'm now half-forgetting about the old site. (But all that stuff will still be rewritten. Slowly!)

--M.L.

March 15, 2012

The Buggles: The Age of Plastic (1980) 13/15

--M.L.

March 14, 2012

Arabesque: Arabesque II: City Cats (1979) 10/15

I gave a 10 to Peter Criss' solo album and now to an Arabesque album... Surely the apocalypse is upon us...

--M.L.

March 13, 2012

Peter Criss: Peter Criss (1978) 10/15

I got some Yardbirds albums in the mail, today, and they're rad. (I'm about 50 years late to the scene, but whatever.) I've also been buying Shawn Colvin albums, which makes me think I should review her page since I'm gonna see her in concert in a couple months...

--M.L.

March 11, 2012

Peter Gabriel: Us (1992) 13/15
Booker T. & The M.G.s: Back to Back (1967) 12/15
Bob Dylan: Hard Rain (1976) 11/15

I was thinking about updating the formats on those old pages to make them match the Queen page... But that would be a lot of work!

--M.L.

March 10, 2012

Queen: Made in Heaven (1995) 8/15
Arabesque: Friday Night (1978) 8/15

So at long last I decided to start rewriting those Arabesque reviews, which I trashed really for no reason. (I'm also able to stomach certain things better... If I give an 8/15 to a Euro-pop album and you're not a FANATIC over the stuff, then skip it.) Now, there's some justice done to their first album. I also noticed that there was an Arabesque IX that I have in my archives, that I never reviewed. I know how the world has been waiting my opinions for that. There's also a live album. ...If I make it through this, who knows? I might even be ready to review The Bay City Rollers.

I probably will save the Poul Rodgers Queen album for a different date, since it doesn't seem very interesting to me at the moment. (I've only listened to about a third of it. Eh.) Thus, the Queen page is closed for now. At this moment, I'm not really sure what page I'll work on next although I suspect it'll just pick up where I left off on those unfinished pages. I hope it won't be too confusing that the earlier reviews on those pages have track reviews while the others don't.

I got Blue Jays in the mail, and I listened to it for the first time yesterday. ...I'm gonna let it soak a little more before I tackle it, so it might be awhile before that surfaces.

--M.L.

March 9, 2012

Franco Battiato: La Voce Del Padrone (1981) 13/15

Wow, I wasn't expecting it would be *this* long for an update! But I guess having to drive down to Bellevue three days this week took quite a lot of my free time away.

I'm not really planning on doing a whole page on Franco Battiato especially since most of his albums are hard to come by, but I kind of felt like giving him his own page. ...I also have the album he did previously to this (called Patriots) that I don't find to be quite as interesting or infectious although still good (gut reaction: 11/15). I'm in the middle of listening to the follow-up L'Arca Di Noe which seems more subdued and less playful, but kind of fascinating.

March 4, 2012

Queen: Innuendo (1991) 12/15

So I'm doing some all-day training Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in a town about an hour away from where I live. I'm not sure if I'll have time to update the site those days.

--M.L.

March 2, 2012

Freddie Mercury: Barcelona (1988) 10/15

Hi again! I've been thinking pretty strongly about doing away with that old queue and just tackling things when I bloody well feel like it. Like I used to do in the old days.

--M.L.

March 1, 2012

Queen: The Miracle (1989) 9/15

OK, there's a solo Freddie Mercury album I realized I skipped, and I'll cover that. As far as the other band members' solo works, I'll forget about them due to a lack of interest at the moment. There are also other live Queen albums, but I think I'll skip those for now unless someone on my message board leaves an impassioned plea. So this leaves Innuendo, Made in Heaven and Cosmos Rocks The latter of those I might not review right away, because I've never listened to it before. And to be honest, I'm not sure I even want to!

What I have planned next is to revamp my Kate Bush page. As I'm doing this, I might sneak in a few oddball reviews of things I've been listening to lately. (I'll let these be surprises!) Then I guess it's back to the old list.

--M.L.

February 29, 2012

Queen: Live Magic (1986) 9/15

Hi guys! So I dropped out a little bit to work on my half-finished novel, and I wrote roughly 55 pages of it (300 words per page). Now it feels like I've lost my momentum with the thing, and I started to feel like working on this website again. I'm not sure how long it will last. I also don't want to spend more than an hour writing each review. (So just a warning: Quality might go down! Even worse than it already is!!)

--M.L.

January 2, 2012

Queen: A Kind of Magic (1986) 11/15

I made my New Year's Resolutions, and this site didn't factor into it. So why am I updating it already? ...Seriously, part of me does wish I'd update this more often. The other part of me doesn't really care.

To expedite the page, I'm going to forget about all the other Queen solo albums for now except for the other Freddie Mercury one. (And geez, those Cross albums are pretty awful!)

Also, I'm going to see Shawn Colvin (who I have reviewed on my old site) in May along with Mary Chapin Carpenter. I have a feeling it's going to be more country than I'm usually comfortable with. But if she's on my old site, then I pretty much have an obligation to go.

--M.L.

November 27, 2011

Freddie Mercury: Mr. Bad Guy (1985) 10/15

Awww... Last day of the break. But at least I don't have to go back to school! It's only work.

I suppose at some point I should go about updating those lists on the front page. It's been awhile since I even opened those!

--M.L.

November 26, 2011

Queen: The Works (1984) 11/15
Roger Taylor: Strange Frontier (1984) 8/15

Oh man... It's so nice not having to spend an eternity on each one of these reviews!

--M.L.

November 25, 2011

Roger Taylor: Fun in Space (1981) 10/15
Queen: Hot Space (1982) 7/15
Brian May & Friends: The Star Fleet Project (1983) 9/15

So yesterday was the 20-year anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death. That's not typically something I would think about, except I remember commemorating the 10-year anniversary. (One of my high school friends had originally introduced me to Queen and I remember we all met up and Thanksgiving, and I had happened to have known that.) Also, it helped that I happen to be working on the Queen page now.

I've also--somehow--became a bit of a fan of The Supremes over the the last week or so. ...Well, perhaps one of these days I won't be so out-of-my-element when I review R&B? (Except for that R&B Queen album, which totally blows.)

--M.L.

November 23, 2011

Queen: Flash Gordon (1980) 9/15

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! (i.e., Four day weekend!!)

--M.L.

November 19, 2011

Queen: The Game (1980) 12/15

Update!

By the way, I think I'm going to continue with the one-page-at-a-time approach. I'm sorta liking it! I've also decided to revamp my Kate Bush page right after finishing Queen (which--knock on wood--is on track for Christmas). Those reviews could stand to be looked at again. Also, WHOAH, she has TWO new albums!!!

--M.L.

November 17, 2011

Queen: Live Killers (1979) 12/15

It's my birthday! And, apparently because I wanted to get a head start on my 29th year on the planet, I got up at 3 a.m. and finished this live review. And--wow--I maybe only spent an hour or so writing it. It would have been four hours at least with track reviews...

I also bought myself a $45 CCR box set that contains all of their albums and some unreleased early material. That seems like a pretty great deal!

--M.L.

November 15, 2011

Smile: Ghost of a Smile (1969) 6/15
Queen: Queen (1973) 12/15
Queen: Queen II (1974) 10/15
Queen: Sheer Heart Attack (1974) 11/15
Queen: A Night at the Opera (1975) 13/15
Queen: A Day At the Races (1976) 12/15
Queen: News of the World (1977) 11/15
Queen: Jazz (1978) 12/15

So my aim was to do the entire discography by now, but this is how far I got! Well, I'm writing though, aren't I? Meanwhile, I have to finish the two request reviews and the 10,000 Maniacs one (still done in the 'old style'). The partially finished 'old' pages will just have the tracks listed on top...

--M.L.

November 10, 2011

The Bangles: Live in Seattle Wash (November 5, 2011)

Oh yeah, it looks like I'm still alive! ...I probably should have read over that Bangles review a few times before submitting it. But you know what? I read over things too much.

That page also shows a few subtle changes to the page lay-out. Nothing very huge, though. As I said in the message board, the track reviews are going to be phased out; however, there will still be letter grades assigned to each song. I don't have a whole lot of time these days, and it's tons more efficient only reviewing each album once. I've been experimenting with Queen reviews, and so far it's so good. ...Right now, I'm up to Live Killers... Queen also had a lot more solo albums than I'd ever imagined and I'm planning on touching those, so I don't think I'm quite to the halfway mark. Perhaps this weekend I'll publish what I've got...

Also at work today, there was a group meeting that was meant to celebrate the release of the 747-8, and it came with a "surprise" musical guest who did a short set. I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular as the "surprise," but it was kind of a surprise since it was someone we've all heard of... The Steve Miller Band. (I sort of feel embarrassed admitting honestly that I get them confused in my mind with The Dave Matthews band. ...Neither bands I listen to a whole lot obviously, but they're from totally different eras.) So, anyway, I suppose that'll be another one for the archives.

Lastly, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to this, but I could change my mind: Florence and the Machine are coming around. Kind of like her--not wildly in love with her--and the tickets are pretty pricey. Sting is also coming around pretty soon, but I *know* I'm not going to that! $150 is a bit much for him if I'm not getting a personal guarantee that he'll just stick to his Police stuff and his first solo album. Otherwise, I know plenty of free ways I can bore myself!

--M.L.

October 8, 2011

The Lilac Time: Looking For a Day in the Night (1999) 11/15

So, that project isn't actually over with yet! I basically work in a group that supports other groups at my company. The group that owns the project I've been working on didn't like the result, so we're going in a bit of a different direction now. Probably not as much overtime as I was working the last month or so, which is good. (I get the impression that pretty much everyone there works overtime. I'm still not experienced enough yet for it to be consistently required of me.)

Part of me wishes I could update this site much more frequently, but the other part of me says I shouldn't spend so much time working on things in front of a computer when that's 100% of what I do at work these days...

--M.L.

October 1, 2011

Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) 12/15

Wow... Somehow I remembered exactly one year ago, I reviewed Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess. I also wrote that I was going to experience two tests in a week. (Brrrrrr! How did I ever survive?)

I've had to work a lot of overtime the last few weeks. And I even took some of it home with me, which gave me pretty vivid college flashbacks! But anyway, that HUGGGE project I'm working on is due Monday, and it's done.

--M.L.

September 16, 2011

Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues (2010) 12/15

Whew! Well... I really wasn't really expecting to like that album, much less love it, but there you go...

--M.L.

September 13, 2011

Natalie Merchant: Ophelia (1998) 10/15

I got up inexplicably early this morning (3:30), so I thought it was a good time to finish up that review. As stated earlier, I'm keeping on with the alternate queue until The Earth Pressed Flat, but after that it's back to the main queue for a VERY long time. I'd like to finish those rewrites before I'm dead!

I'm still going to do the Eric Clapton related reviews soon, but I think I'm going to stop at Slowhand and let myself continue it when the rewrites are done... He just has way too many albums...

--M.L.

September 11, 2011

The B-52's and The Human League Live: Woodinville, Wash (September 10, 2011)

Actually, shortly after I wrote that message yesterday, I noticed another iconic '80s band was coming to town in November. (The Bangles.) Although, for some reason, they're playing at the hip venue downtown. I mean, I looked at the sorts of bands that normally play there, and only just handful of them barely even released albums in the '90s, much less the '80s. But I guess they can still rock.

I read over some of that B-52's review again, and it's pretty clear I need to spend another hour or two editing it. I used to write concert reviews so quickly. I've spent all day with that one, and there are so many problems with it! But it has to wait until tomorrow. I'm a responsible individual now, and I need to sleep in order to go to work tomorrow.

--M.L.

September 10, 2011

Duffy: I Love My Friends (1998) 14/15

Oh, I'm going to a concert tonight! It's the last concert I'm going to this year that I'm aware of. I haven't even gone yet, and I already know it's going to be great. (It's The B-52s and The Human League for those who don't memorize everything I write.)

--M.L.

September 7, 2011

John Foxx: Metamatic (1980) 12/15

Reviews two days in a row. Awesome. Next, some more Stephen Duffy.

--M.L.

September 6, 2011

Klaus Nomi: Za Bakdaz: The Unfinished Opera (2008) 5/15

Even when I'm productive, it doesn't seem like I have enough hours in the day to do everything I need to and want to! Oh well... I've also decided to extend my work on the alternate queue until I review The Earth Pressed Flat. But after that, I don't think it'll be until early November I get back to that list unless I'm especially productive during this time. Well, I guess you never know.

I also ordered a few John & Mary albums after realizing I could get them for about $4 a pop including shipping and handling from the Internet. They'll eventually go on my 10,000 Maniacs page. (*Eventually* is the key word there...)

--M.L.

September 3, 2011

Duffy: Duffy (1995) 13/15
10,000 Maniacs: Love Among the Ruins (1997) 10/15

I'm only three days into the month, and I've already surpassed what I did last month! (...Where is my fanfare?)

...I'm sure no one out there cares, but I bought a new computer early last month (with a TERRABYTE of MEMORY! ...oooooo), and I decided that I needed to re-burn every single CD I own and re-organize my mp3 purchases. That turned out to be a MASSIVE project that I'm nearly finished with, but still not quite. Oh well... it's better that I do it now rather than later since I've been buying up CDs at a mad rate lately.

Also, I'm sticking with the alternate queue until I review Ophelia.

--M.L.

September 1, 2011

of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007) 12/15

Indeed... I was gone for much longer than I probably should have been (especially considering I don't really do anything in the evenings these days), but I guess I'm starting to feel more "productive" again. I'm thinking about keeping on with this alternate queue for awhile... partly because I said I was going to do a round of it once per month no matter what. But I guess it would be good to try to update this site more than once per month.

--M.L.

August 3, 2011

Klaus Nomi: In Concert (1986) 11/15

Hello there!

--M.L.

August 1, 2011

The Indelicates: Songs For Swinging Lovers (2010) 11/15

Oh man... The Indelicates have released a new album already since I put Songs For Swinging Lovers on my queue! (There's also a musical soundtrack... I'll think about reviewing that one.) More interestingly, there's a solo album out from a Pipette who was actually one of the singers from We Are the Pipettes. I'll have to get that one, too...

--M.L.

July 31, 2011

INXS: Live in Woodinville, Wash. July 17, 2011
Kiss: Paul Stanley (1978) 7/15

Well, it's about freaking time I finished that concert review! I don't know why it took me so long to write it. (...And again, I've probably made it more lengthy than necessary. But I think the main motivating factor for me going there was not just for an evening's entertainment, but getting to write another concert review!)

I've also dreamed up an "incentive" to keep me working on my site, which I'll be the first to admit, I've been crap at doing. Every time I post a review, I let myself spend $1.60 on a CD. I'm sort of a cheapskate by nature when it comes to things like that, so I think it'll work. (Also, I'm paying myself for exercising daily, too. I came up with a pretty involved formula in Excel to determine how much I'll pay myself based on how many steps I register on my pedometer.)

So, if I'm not updating this site, I'm at least getting healthy. Either way, it's better than watching TV.

--M.L.

July 16, 2011

Bob Dylan: Desire (1976) 13/15

Well tomorrow is the CONCERT. I'm a little bit worried that I'll come into work the next day REALLY tired... But perhaps it'll actually energize me for the week?

--M.L.

July 12, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Passion (1989) 12/15

Hi! You know, I do love working on this site, but it's also a lot of sitting down, staring at the computer, and writing while I'm listening to music... which incidentally is exactly the same thing I do at work! But of course this is faaar more enjoyable.

Also, I'm going to be going to a concert in less than a week. I'm not nearly as excited about this one as I was about The Moody Blues and also not as excited about the B-52s and Human League concert I'll go to the weekend after Labor Day. But hey! It's a concert from two bands that are best known for '80s dance music, and I have a seat close-ish to the stage. Could it possibly be bad?

--M.L.

June 23, 2011

Booker T. & the M.G.s: Hip Hug-Her (1967) 13/15

Phew! Updated! I'm going on a camping trip this weekend and I'm flexing my schedule at work to get Friday off, so updates might continue to be scarce for the rest of the month...

--M.L.

June 15, 2011

The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wright 1970 (2008) 11/15

Well, ladies and gentlemen... That concludes the Moody Blues page! That is, until I'm finished with all the rewrites and can tackle their solo albums. There are quite a lot of 'em.

But first, there will have to be Buggles rewrites. They only had two, so it won't be as much work! (Man... I listened to The Age of Plastic a whole hell of a lot in 2004 and then another, tinier cluster of it in 2008. I listened to it again while I was at work today, and nostalgia started gooing out of my ears. It's funny how music does that... Also, how can I already be feeling nostalgic for 2008? I thought I hated that year!)

Before that, right after I review the Paul Stanley album, I'm going to do a cycle of that alternate queue. I have a bit of finishing-the-rewrites tunnel-vision, so I've been somewhat less inclined to working off the alternate list. But, the Blue Moon is coming soon!

--M.L.

June 12, 2011

Gene Simmons: Gene Simmons (1978) 9/15

Only 250 more rewrites to go! (...This is taking forever...) I've decided I am going to go right up to The Buggles and do a round on the next queue.

--M.L.

June 11, 2011

Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes (1975) 11/15

I started listening to the albums from my alternate queue at work, so I'm at least starting to get warmed up for those! ...But there shouldn't be anything too challenging there since they're all artists I've been well accustomed to. It'll be soon for sure!

--M.L.

June 9, 2011

Peter Gabriel: So (1986) 11/15

So. I haven't finished writing The Basement Tapes review (I'm about two-thirds done with the track reviews) therefore I'm completely caught up. No more unpublished reviews!

I also realized I had such a good time at the Moody Blues concert that I decided to also buy a ticket to see INXS and Berlin on July 17. When that venue originally announced its summer schedule, I figured I was going to *have* to go see those guys. I mean, two moderately popular bands from the '80s all in one night? HECK YES!! But then I saw that the ticket for it was FREAKING expensive ($80). So, I had to establish my priorities. Obviously, The B-52s/Human League and Moody Blues concerts won out, so I was happy to leave it at that. But then I realized that I haven't really spent money on anything this last month, so I thought why not? (I'm almost excessively frugal... I'm still on the college-guy standard of living except I change out my razor blades more frequently than I used to.)

But anyway, I didn't even know how to pronounce INXS until after I bought the ticket. I had always wondered why a band like that would choose a name that rhymes with "Stinks." It turns out it doesn't. ...And that also answered the mystery of who this band was that I kept hearing radio DJs refer to as "In Excess." It takes me a long time to figure these things out, doesn't it? ...I also had no idea that the original lead singer was dead for about 15 years, so I really have no idea who they found to take over vocal duties since then! I guess I'll find out... That concert apparently was so expensive that not very many people bought tickets. Despite them being on sale for more than a month, I got one of those elite seats about 10 or so rows from the stage. So, that actually might be cool. I hope they don't cancel, or something! ...Truth be told, Berlin was the band that mainly attracted me there. They're billed as "Special Guests," but the ticket cost an arm and a leg, and INXS aren't The Rolling Stones... So, I kind of hope they both do full sets. If this thing isn't at least three hours, I'm going to complain... In my review, which the whole universe reads... (I really love Love Life and Count Three and Pray... If you like synth pop you should hear those.)

--M.L.

June 6, 2011

Booker T. and the M.G.s: In the Christmas Spirit (1966) 11/15

Oh yes... there it is... I uploaded the review I said I was going to have uploaded by Christmas 2009. (It wasn't 2008 as I had previously reported, looking at my records. Maybe I'm not that bad at updating this site, after all?) This is also my 50th review of the year. Not including the Moody Blues concert review, which was my 52nd. (...Yes, I have the So rewrite finished and sitting on my hard drive. But considering it'll probably take me FOREVER to review The Basement Tapes, I think I can afford to upload that on Wednesday or something.)

--M.L.

June 5, 2011

The Moody Blues: Live at the BBC: 1967-1970 (2007) 11/15
The Moody Blues Live in Woodinville, Wash June 4, 2011

Alright! Needlessly lengthy and meandering concert review WRITTEN. (I do that more for myself than anyone... A few months ago, I read through that Rolling Stones review again, and it made me remember a few things I'd forgotten about it. These are like my own personal time capsules.)

They announced the new line-up for the next season at Edmonds Community Center for the Arts (where I saw Randy Newman last). ...But there's nothing too exciting. The only one I'd heard of that's not Christopher Cross is Arlo Guthrie. Do you think he'd play "Alice's Restaurant" in its entirety? ...Or maybe I should forget that and see someone from my generation? That would be novel, actually...

--M.L.

June 4, 2011

Kiss: Ace Frehley (1978) 12/15

Whoah, I actually did something I said I would... I updated today... (I guess it's easier to say then when the review was more or less completely written...)

--M.L.

June 3, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Birdy (1985) 12/15

Hi! I suppose some of you've been wondering when I'll switch to the second review queue. ...I've been wondering about that myself lately! But surely, most people would rather me finish the rewrite reviews sooner than later, right? Once that's done, I'll let people vote on the actual pages I work on next... No more of that wussy one-album request-review nonsense! But I'll get to that other list sometime soon-ish. ...There are also some new releases I have to review! New albums by R.E.M., Kate Bush, Lady Gaga, and ... Cyndi Lauper had one awhile ago now. Am I missing anything?

I'm still a bit back-logged. It takes me an hour or two to make an update, and I just didn't feel like taking the time to edit what I wrote a few weeks ago. Then I wrote more reviews last weekend, so the back-log continued. I finished the first draft of The Moody Blues' Live at the BBC last night and I also have the Ace Frehley review written... Hopefully I'll get those uploaded tomorrow. Of course Sunday is my target-date for that Moody Blues concert review, which I'm really looking forward to. (My seats in the BACK and it's outdoors, but that's OK.)

I'm surprised to see that my site traffic is up perhaps double from where it was three years ago. How did that happen? Perhaps there are some newer readers who are wondering what I'm referring to by "rewrites." ...Go to this page, and you'll find out: http://donignacio.com/oldindex.html. If you think my reviews suck now, just take a gander at those. Basically any review you see on the old site that isn't on the new one will be rewritten. When I started this quest, I didn't think it would take me that long. Four years later, and I still have a couple of years to go.

And some of you who stuck around might find the significance in the fact that I'm getting ready, right now, to review the Booker T. and the MGs' Christmas album. It was in Summer 2008 that I announced boldly that I would have that album reviewed by Christmastime. ...I'm maybe just a little bit late on that! I can never seem to write these reviews as quickly as I think I can whenever I have those fleeting moments... But then again, engineering school kicked my ass.

--M.L.

June 2, 2011

Booker T. and the M.G.s: And Now! (1966) 11/15

Another review... (Whoah.)

--M.L.

May 31, 2011

The Moody Blues: Lovely to See You Live (2005) 12/15

Hi!

--M.L.

May 30, 2011

Kiss: Alive II (1977) 10/15

So I went off on a nostalgic bent yesterday! Well I suppose it was bound to happen, being 10 years after high school and everything. ...I also looked back on these journal entries and realized that it was actually May 22, 2009 I moved out of the evil-Canadian-roommate house. May 29 was when my lease ended!

I had been wondering if I was going to miss having three months off for summer vacation around now... Fortunately, the answer is no. I guess tests and homework not constantly nagging at me means the end of my psychological torment. I also can't forget that I used to get really bored in summers not having anything in particular to do... I remember two years ago, I watched Carl Sagan's entire Cosmos practically in one sitting. (It was addictive!)

With that said, having my first paid holiday right now is very nice and has also been a long time coming. We only get two weeks off a year apart from the standard holidays, so it'll still be awhile before I go on one of those vacations. I'll certainly have to concoct some pretty extravagant trips for myself... That is, if the world is kind enough to not come to an end this October like that one doomsday Christian says (who had already gotten it wrong two times before). However, I think I'm pretty safe for now. I saw on the History Channel that the world--as we know it--is actually going to come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, which is when the extra-terrestrials who have been watching down on us since antiquity will finally reveal themselves. Will it be for good or for evil? Probably for good, because The Pope has advanced information of them (according to The History Channel). Or maybe The Pope is actually evil? ...He does kind of have those creepy, sunken eyes... ...So in conclusion, I'd better get myself to an awesome touristy spot early next year before it gets too crowded with extra-terrestrials on holiday who may or may not want to enslave me.

--M.L.

May 29, 2011

Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975) 13/15
Bob Dylan: Before the Flood (1974) 11/15

I have a confession to make... I have four other reviews written, but I haven't published them yet. I went a bit crazy over Easter weekend (I wrote about seven reviews), but I decided to spread them out instead of publishing them all at once. It turns out that I lost so much interest in this site that I couldn't even bear to spend 15 minutes making updates except once on May 22. ...The only reason I'm skipping ahead and publishing Blood on the Tracks right now is just because I was listening to "Idiot Wind" and thinking of how closely it resembled how I felt when I moved out of the evil-drunken-Canadian-roommate home. (Some of you might remember me complaining about him.) ...And then I looked at the date and noticed that it was EXACTLY two years ago I moved out of there. (It was such an event, I guess, that I was still able to recall that date. But, really, it took me about a year to really get over it.)

This month, I'm also at the 10 year anniversary of graduating high school, which I have a hard time believing. Can I really be this old? May 2001 was also when I bought my very first rock 'n' roll album! (The White Album!) Also that month, I had the HUGEST crush on a girl... My god... I remember taking her to a local festival and then hearing "My Life" by Billy Joel on the radio on the way back home. Except I didn't know what song that was, and so I spent a good portion of that summer downloading songs on Audiogalaxy (a post-Napster pirating program) until I figured out what it was. ...In fact, I thought that was from a Beatles album, and I bought Revolver thinking that it was the song "Got to Get You Into My Life!" Also, May 28, 2001 was the last time I ever saw one of my best childhood friends. The last thing we did together was see Pearl Harbor. That movie has a reputation of sucking now, but I remember that it had OSCAR BUZZ before it was released, which was why I was so eager to see it. ...Well, Kate Beckinsale in that movie was pretty good about distracting me from that one girl I had a crush on... ...Oh well, 10 years on... And Kate Beckinsale is still hot...

--M.L.

May 22, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Plays Live (1983) 12/15

Howdy! Well... my first week on the short commute has been pretty great. It saves me a whole hour a day, which is actually HUGE. I've been feeding some of my other hobbies than this site... so I guess the dream of consistent updates won't really happen. But no matter...

I have the Moody Blues concert in about two weeks, which I'm looking forward to. So you can definitely count on an update then!

--M.L.

May 1, 2011

Booker T. and the M.G.s: Soul Dressing (1965) 12/15

Whoah. There has only been two late springs in the last 10 years that wasn't consumed with me stressing out about finals. That was May 2001 and May 2007... The sun is shining, and I feel free!!!

--M.L.

April 30, 2011

The Moody Blues: December (2003) 10/15

So the official count on the rewrites right now is 258. ...Slowly but surely.

--M.L.

April 29, 2011

Kiss: Love Gun (1977) 10/15

Urg! Weekend!

--M.L.

April 28, 2011

Bob Dylan: Planet Waves (1974) 11/15

Still updating!

--M.L.

April 26, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Security (1982) 12/15

Update!

--M.L.

April 24, 2011

Booker T. and the M.G.s: Green Onions (1962) 12/15

So I decided only to go to that B-52s and skip everything else. I might change my mind later, but I didn't buy tickets the moment they went on sale! I also added a bunch of stuff to the queue and even more on my actual playlist that doesn't show up on that list. Basically, I'm going to do everything in order from how I listed it in that April 17th post with a few exceptions. As soon as the Bob Dylan page is done (a loooooooooong time from now especially since I'm doing the Bootleg series), I'm starting The Who page. Once The Who page is done, I'm starting the Yes page. ...After the Yes page is done, I should be really close to being finished with the rewrites. ...If I'm good about updating, this should take about a year. Although I suspect it'll be around three years.

--M.L.

April 23, 2011

Kiss: Rock and Roll Over (1976) 11/15
Bob Dylan: Dylan (1973) 10/15

...Wooo! Update!!

In about three weeks, I'll be commuting to the plant that's closer to my house. It means I'll have a roughly an extra hour per work day. Maybe I also won't be so exhausted when I get back from constantly shifting in that stop-and-go traffic. (Driving a manual car is kind of fun... except in rush hour.)

--M.L.

April 20, 2011

Randy Newman Live (April 18, 2011)

What the hell is with this job? It's taking away all my free time! It took me two days to write this concert review when it only should have taken me a third of one! Booo... There are a bunch of concerts just announced that I might try to go to. One is Jethro Tull. Another is a two-fer The Human League/The B-52s, but somehow I think getting those tickets won't be that easy. Then, I'm in deep thought about this, but... INXS and Berlin are touring together. I'm sort of a mild admirer of both, and they write songs that seem like they'd be fun for concerts. ...And then, for some reason, Styx and Yes are touring together. If I went to that concert, the only reason would be so that I could make fun of it later. As much as I like making fun of things, I'm not really sure it'd really be worth paying money for. (With that said, if Styx still had Dennis DeYoung touring in it, then I would gladly pay to make fun of it. What good are those crappy songs if he isn't there to make the place stink of cheese? I mean, it's at a winery, so it's even more appropriate.)

--M.L.

April 17, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (1980) 14/15

So I finished out the David Bowie page yesterday! I did miss a few live albums, but I guess I'll save those for a rainy day or something. Or a sunshiney day, since I live in Seattle.

I think the next new page I'm going to add to the queue (which I think I said beforehand) is all that Eric Clapton stuff. After that it's Coldplay and then Shawn Colvin. Then Dead Kennedys, The Decemberists, and Brian Eno (just the '70s stuff for now). Next, Erasure, Fischer-Z (just one album), Frou Frou, Franz Ferdinand, It's a Beautiful Day. Michael Jackson (adult!), Jars of Clay, Landscape (just one album!), The Libertines, Mae, Sarah McLachlan, Meat Loaf, Metallica (just one album!), Joni Mitchell, Mott the Hoople, Nirvana, The Ocean Blue, Oingo Boingo, A Perfect Circle, Pixies, Polyphonic Spree, Procol Harum, Queen, The Raveonettes, Roxy Music, Saxon, The Scissor Sisters, The Shins, Spandau Ballet, The Stooges, Toronto, Under the Influence of Giants, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Yes and Frank Zappa. And I mustn't forget that dozen or so of "obscure" artists. ...Now. How long is that going to take me?

--M.L.

April 16, 2011

David Bowie: A Reality Tour (2010) 13/15
The Moody Blues: Strange Times (1999) 11/15

Converted reviews:

David Bowie Live: Rosemont, Illinois (Jan. 14, 2004)
David Bowie Live: Kansas City, Missouri (May 10, 2004)

I added about five new albums to the queue (Supertramp's in there, as promised). I would've added more, but I'm stuck on Ovo. I just ordered from Amazon, so that problem will be solved in about a week. I also don't have The Long Walk Home, so I'll have to order that one sometime soon... Being able to order albums without agonizing over losing $5-$15 must be the only reason I haven't quit this job yet! However, it's also probably good to be able to afford food and retirement. Those little things.

The job itself is still going well. It doesn't feel like I'm quite into the swing of it, but it also no longer feels so much like I'm a chicken running around with its head cut off. I'm also nearly at the point where I'm going to move to a different plant, which is the plant closer to where I'm actually living. Thus, I won't have to spend 2+ hours everyday commuting through stop-and-go rush hour traffic. Now, being addicted to my car stereo, I'm taking the commuting pretty well. But it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!

--M.L.

April 13, 2011

Kiss: Destroyer (1976) 10/15

Kiss! RULES!!

--M.L.

April 11, 2011

Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) 11/15

An update on a school night. Stop the presses!

--M.L.

April 10, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (1978) 11/15

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not dead! At some point, I'm going to start updating regularly again. When that will be, I have no idea. Like it or not, of all the useless hobbies I have these days, this is one of the few that seem relatively productive. Once I get more settled into work, my mind will hopefully be a little more free to wander into this reviewing racket. (Believe it or not, the actual engineering I've been doing is far more simple and straightforward than trying to figure out where and how the company stores its information. One day, I'll be more comfortable working through it, but for the time being, it's all making my brain throb with helpless confusion.)

But anyway, I'm greatly anticipating a Randy Newman concert in eight days. And perhaps even more excitingly, I brought tickets yesterday (out of my own, hard earned money) to go to a Moody Blues concert in early June. That will be just about the most perfect way imaginable to close out the page!

--M.L.

March 26, 2011

Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily (1995) 8/15

Whew! Well, I had a craaaaaaazy month. (Not really, but I'm pretending to have.) Life has sure settled down since I've gotten out of college. ...After going through a phase where I was working on my novel, I had an outdoorsy phase. That was slated to escalate into a camping weekend by the ocean, but those plans kept on getting thwarted. I should have gone this weekend, but my desire to go camping is out of my system already! (Postponed for later!) Now, I want to work on those projects I have indoors... Hence, site updates.

--M.L.

February 27, 2011

Stephen Duffy: Music in Colors (1993) 12/15
The Pipettes: Earth Vs. The Pipettes (2010) 11/15
Caravan: Better By Far (1977) 11/15
Dream Theater: Images and Words (1992) 10/15

Well, moments after posting it, I'm going to have to apologize for that Dream Theater review. There's just a mite of sarcasm in there...

--M.L.

February 26, 2011

The Lilac Time: Astronauts (1991) 13/15

Happy February everyone!!! (Oh crud. February is almost over.)

Work has been going pretty well. Getting a paycheck every once in awhile and not having homework when I get home is an interesting experience that I'm getting used to. It's also given me the opportunity to delve into that *huge* backlog of albums that I've been wanting to buy over the last--oh--billion years. I made myself a rule that I can only have two orders "on the way" at a time, just so I'm not getting them faster than I can listen to them.

I've also restarted production on my book, but I didn't feel like working on it today for some reason hence this much belated update. As I've been saying, I *am* going to finish it, but I'm only going to work on it when I feel like it. The story is decent enough that I think it's worth spending a few extra years on. Right now I have about 86 pages written (for an ordinary paperback book of 300 words per page). It won't be much longer than 200 pages. Most importantly, I wrote some more detailed outlines on the later chapters. Before that, many of them had been one-sentence summaries!

--M.L.

January 30, 2011

David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72 (2008) 12/15
Al Stewart Live: Edmonds Wash. January 29, 2011

Well that concert was pretty great! I've got to go to any show they have at that venue, no matter who is playing there, just because every seat is a good one, and the acoustics are fantastic. I was sitting up in the balcony, and that was a great seat. I wrote about it in that perhaps too-detailed review, but... heck, if I got it in my head, why not write it down? I'm really excited about seeing Randy Newman there in April. As soon as the rewrites are done I'll almost certainly start reviewing his albums.

I have now officially switched to the request review queue on my computer. (I have them saved in separate files, and I can't have them both open at the same time.) I've decided to do six of those reviews before switching back and getting more of these BLOODY REWRITES done. There are 269 left... Whew.

--M.L.

January 29, 2011

The Moody Blues: A Night at Red Rocks (1993) 11/15

Well... I didn't expect that to take eight days! We'll see what I can do about increasing the rate around here. After I do that Bowie live album, I'm going back to the alternate list for another round.

Also, today's the day of the Al Stewart concert, so I'll probably get the concert review up tomorrow (if nothing else).

--M.L.

January 21, 2011

Kiss: Alive! (1975) 11/15

Still updating! (And I'm sleeping again, thank goodness...)

--M.L.

January 18, 2011

Bob Dylan: New Morning (1970) 12/15

Whoah... It's the middle of the week, and I'm updating. With no homework to worry about, this is one of my last remaining at-home activities.

I'm still painfully getting used to the new sleeping schedule. Sunday night, I just couldn't get to sleep until about 1 a.m. and I then had to wake up at 4:45 a.m. ...The next day, I went to sleep at about 10 p.m. but woke up inexplicably at 2 a.m.

--M.L.

January 15, 2011

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (1977) 11/15

Hello everyone! I'm still here, updating. I'm discovering that going to sleep at 10 pm and waking up at 5 am is about the same thing as going to sleep at 1 am and waking up at 8 am in another time zone. I'm just mildly jet lagged at the moment, but I'll get over it!

--M.L.

January 9, 2011

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture (1983) 13/15

I wrote the main body of that review completely on my new phone! (How do you like that? Technology lets me do the same old thing in completely new ways.)

So anyway, I'm thinking updates are going to be erratic for a little while. I'm not really feeling *into* it at the moment, and my first day of work is Friday. (Eeek!!) Frightening, yes, but something that I at least will give me some peace-of-mind, which I haven't had for years. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to go to the mall to upgrade my wardrobe from hobo-chic to business casual and also take care of some other b'dness. Will I update? I have no clue.

--M.L.

January 8, 2011

The Moody Blues: Keys of the Kingdom (1991) 10/15

I almost thought I was going to go on a hiatus, because I was getting just a bit tired of this, but ... well, I finished it anyway!

--M.L.

January 6, 2011

Bob Dylan: Self Portrait (1970) 12/15
Kiss: Dressed to Kill (1975) 9/15

I'm feeling like it's four years ago! Sitting around, working on these goofy projects...

Oh wait, I'm going to study! I've got textbooks!!!

--M.L.

January 5, 2011

David Bowie: Reality (2003) 12/15
Genesis: Live Over Europe 2007 (2007) 11/15

Well... That concludes the Genesis page! It's always a bit weird when I finish a big page like that. It's a feeling of accomplishment, tiredness, and then a little bit of pondering about why I'm doing this stupid website anyway.

OK, the page isn't *completely* done, because there's still the solo work. But I don't know when I'll get around to that. I'm doing Peter Gabriel next, but he gets his own page, because I went out for a walk on a hilltop yesterday morning, and the eagle told me to give him his own page. (When am I ever going to get tired of mentioning the eagle? ...NEVER!!!)

--M.L.

January 4, 2011

Kiss: Hotter Than Hell (1974) 8/15
The Moody Blues: Sur La Mer (1988) 7/15

So I have nine days left until I have a career. (Woo!) I should probably do some studying for it. (Yeah... I have textbooks... I'm going to be studying something for the rest of my life, you know.)

I put some Primus and Zero 7 reviews on the end of the request queue, both of which I'm interested in reviewing. Though even if I update twice a day, it would still be MONTHS before I actually get to those. Rewriting the old site is Priority #1, and that's still going to be awhile. There's 276 to go. (I mean... it's exceedingly unlikely that I'll finish the rewrites before the year is out... Though it's possible.)

--M.L.

January 3, 2011

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (1969) 13/15
Neil Young: Le Noise (2010) 11/15

I had gotten an e-mail recently from someone who wanted to see Roger Hodgson reviews... Since I have a Supertramp page I'm supposed to rewrite, it would make sense to start to put Supertramp reviews on the queue next when I add more albums to it. (He also wanted me to finish the Elton John page... but that'll have to wait until I'm completely done rewriting everything from the old site... Because some of those Elton John reviews that are on the new site need some touching up... It feels like I'm going to be touching up things for the rest of my life...)

--M.L.

January 2, 2011

10,000 Maniacs: MTV Unplugged (1993) 11/15
Genesis: Calling All Stations (1997) 6/15

Hi! ...I'm going back to the main list for the moment, waiting for my add requests for those albums to be processed. But considering I'm a bit obsessed with completing the rewrites right now, making such a decision was hardly a struggle...

--M.L.

January 1, 2011

Simon Bookish: Everything/Everything (2008) 13/15

Is it really 2011? ...I guess so. Well, happy New Year, everybody! ...Unfortunately, I am pretty sick right now. I had a scratchy throat all day yesterday and most of the day before. It seemed like it was on the decline when I was hit with something else entirely this morning. ...Perhaps it was some disease that had been hanging around for awhile waiting for me to get in a weakened condition before unleashing its mayhem... Those little buggers have been known to do stuff like that...

Anyway, I hadn't yet gotten a response for my Neil Young inquiry, and it looks like epinions doesn't have an entry for the Lilac Time album I'm slated to review soon, either. So... I guess I'll skip over those for now and go onto 10,000 Maniacs.

--M.L.

December 31, 2010

David Bowie: Heathen (2002) 15/15
The Moody Blues: The Other Side of Life (1986) 8/15

I saw True Grit yesterday. I was worried that I had it too much built up in my mind and I would be disappointed in it, but ... somehow it managed to exceed my expectations!

I was thinking about going through yet another cycle of the main list, but I figure I should probably work off the other one for a bit... (The rewrite count right now is at 279 left to go... slowly but steadily...)

I'm doing the Simon Bookish album next, skipping the Neil Young one for now. Not because I don't want to review him, but I'm going to wait for them to upload it into the epinions database...

--M.L.

December 30, 2010

Kiss: Kiss (1974) 8/15

Kissssssssssssssss is here......

--M.L.

December 29, 2010

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (1967) 14/15

Woohoo... Kiss... is next...

--M.L.

December 28, 2010

Genesis: Genesis Archive 2: 1976-92 (2000) 11/15

Well that pain in my backside is done. (But it was a good pain...)

--M.L.

December 27, 2010

Genesis: Genesis Archive 1967-75 (1998) 12/15

I realized I should have reviewed Calling All Stations before the archive, but ... er ... I guess it doesn't matter! ...Anyway, that one took me pretty much all day. Good thing I had that come up on my queue when I'm on this hiatus... Oh, and I'm going to do the other one tomorrow!

--M.L.

December 26, 2010

David Bowie: 'hours...' (1999) 11/15
The Moody Blues: The Present (1983) 11/15

Merry Christmas yesterday! I was too busy to update the site... I got a new phone that does stuff like browse the Internet, and I spent most of the day messing with it. I was able to figure out how to stream music from it, which is awesome. Anyway, I hope you all had a great Christmas!

I have a windmill coming up pretty soon in the queue... the Genesis Archive, which has more than 80 tracks on it for me to review. Yeouch! I'll probably enjoy it, but it's going to be a lot of writing... I do hope to finish it quickly...

--M.L.

December 24, 2010

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966) 15/15

There's so much fan-worship in that review, I'm going to have to review something I hate to balance things out...

--M.L.

December 23, 2010

10,000 Maniacs: Our Time in Eden (1992) 11/15
Genesis: The Way We Walk, Volume 2 (1993) 8/15

Back to the main list!!!!! (My rewrite count is at 286 reviews... let's shrink that number a bit...)

--M.L.

December 22, 2010

The Lilac Time: & Love For All (1990) 13/15

I got my final report card today! I did awesome!!! Take that, all you doubters! (...In my fantasy world where I have doubters.)

--M.L.

December 21, 2010

Michael Jackson: Michael (2010) 8/15

Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! Everybody go sacrifice a goat...

So my opinion of that album deteriorated sometime between yesterday and today, but sometimes that's how it goes... The songwriting of course was too strong for it to warrant a lower rating. I reserve those for *real* crappy stuff.

Speaking of that, didn't I say I was going to rewrite those Michael Bolton and Arabesque pages no matter what over this break? ...I may or may not actually stick to my word. Well, it's not like that's the first time that ever happened here.

--M.L.

December 20, 2010

Van Der Graaf Generator: H to He, Who Am the Only One (1970) 12/15

...Thank god that semester is over. Right now, I'm in the period of time when there's no more school, and there's no work either. I start work in about three weeks. I'm trying to gauge what life will be like when I'm working... Apparently, there's no homework and you get paid... Getting "paid" will be something new...

Oh! And I got a ticket to see Randy Newman in April! He's especially good for me to go to not just because I'm a huge fan, but I already have his page written! I've noticed a venue in Seattle that attracts all sorts of more recent groups that I love (Ra Ra Riot and The Decemberists are going to be there pretty soon)... but those guys are young and will stick around for awhile. I want to get settled a bit before I go too crazy.

Lastly, because I'm apparently fascinated in post-mortem Michael Jackson, I put his latest release right on front of the queue. ...My first impressions? Way better than I figured it would be. But then again... he has been one of the world's more consistent songwriters. I wouldn't call it as good as Dangerous though. Anyway... you'll get the full-blown review somewhat soon.

--M.L.

November 25, 2010

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (2010) 12/15

Well that map took me a LOT longer than I thought it would. Maybe it took me about 12 hours when I only thought it'd take three. Well anyway, it's done... and so is this Arcade Fire review, which I took forever on. ...And now onto Van Der Graaf Generator...

--M.L.

November 22, 2010

Genesis: The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The Shorts (1992) 9/15

So, I did a little bit of homework today, but I'm about to do some more... I'm aiming to get done the last huge bit on my senior design project (an isolux map), which should take awhile. ...I'm aiming to at least get started on the new Arcade Fire album probably late tonight, but probably won't update it. ...That's a pretty long album! Although I had been enjoying it!

--M.L.

November 21, 2010

David Bowie: Earthling (1997) 9/15

Just one more review on the main list, and then I'm planning on going through one cycle of the alternate list. I'd been listening to those albums all last week, so I'd better review them soon!

--M.L.

November 20, 2010

The Moody Blues: Long Distance Voyager (1981) 11/15

I did not lose my will-to-review, but I did need to take care of some other things these past few days! Anyway, after I'm through posting this, I'm going to get started on the trek back to Seattle for Thanksgiving Break. ...I'm on the homestretch of my capstone class, and I predict I'll need to put in at least a solid 10-12 hours into it during the break. It's mostly light, time-consuming stuff and nothing that'll burn be out too much. I think if we turned in the project without putting any more work into it, we'll get a passing if not excellent grade on it. I managed to do all the hard work when we turned in the midterm and our professor said we needed to shorten it and not put so much commentary in it! ...But how can I help not writing commentary?

Depending on how disciplined I am, I'll hopefully update this site at least periodically over the next week. Or maybe I won't update it at all. (I need to remember not to publicly announce deadlines, since that seems to be a surefire guarantee that I won't do anything.)

Also I removed The Quine Tapes from the queue, because I didn't think I'd be in the mood for reviewing it... I'll try to remember to pick it up whenever I do Lou Reed's solo work...

--M.L.

November 16, 2010

The Velvet Underground: Live at Max's Kansas City (1972) 8/15

I almost didn't make the update today... And I've gotta say that the chances of an update tomorrow are minimal. I have a pretty huge assignment in timber design that is only about 40% done. ...It's also my birthday tomorrow, apparently. Wooohoooo! I'm gonna spend my birthday doing homework!!!!!!!

--M.L.

November 15, 2010

Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965) 15/15

You probably guessed it... A review of nothing but fanboy drivel...

I secretly restarted my rewrites count, and ... Urgh ... I'm still not even close. With this update, it's 288 reviews. With that in mind, contrary to what I said a bunch of entries below this, I'll just do the adult Michael Jackson solo stuff and supplement it with The Jackson 5 later. ...However, I'm guessing that announcement didn't disappoint anyone!

--M.L.

November 14, 2010

David Bowie: 1. Outside (1995) 11/15
Genesis: We Can't Dance (1991) 9/15

Well I'm not sure how I did it, but I uploaded the Genesis album review, which I said I was "aiming" to do on here this morning... (That means I actually did something I said I'd do... What do you know?)

--M.L.

November 13, 2010

The Velvet Underground: Another View (1986) 10/15
The Moody Blues: Octave (1978) 10/15

I'm looking forward to Thannnnnnnnnnnnksigiving Break....

--M.L.

November 12, 2010

Bob Dylan: Bringing it All Back Home (1965) 14/15

I thought that test went pretty well! I only BSed two answers!

--M.L.

November 11, 2010

Genesis: Invisible Touch (1986) 9/15

I've been studying! I only wasted my day up until about 1 p.m. (that's typical for a day off, you know... I have to take about eight or so hours to wake up before I start doing anything...)

--M.L.

November 10, 2010

10,000 Maniacs: Blind Man's Zoo (1989) 12/15

Hello!!! I've got a day off tomorrow! But I have to spend most of it studying for a test I have Friday. Grrrrr! Luckily, it's open notes and open book, and the class isn't hard. The trick is organizing your notes and putting all those sticky tab things all over your textbook. ...Will I have fun? Oh yes. Will I also write a review? ...That remains to be seen.

--M.L.

November 9, 2010

Stephen Duffy: Paradise Circus (1989) 14/15

So I listened to the world's first Zombie Michael Jackson song, and it ain't too bad.

Take a listen! (It'll be on there for about a week, I'm told.)

--M.L.

November 8, 2010

Fugazi: The Argument (2001) 13/15

There is the last Fugazi album! (Great band but a difficult one for me to review, to say the least... I mean, I can't go into those quite as lightly as I've been going into 10,000 Maniacs albums...)

--M.L.

November 7, 2010

David Bowie: The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) 12/15
Genesis: Genesis (1983) 12/15

I'm not sure how this happened, but I got quite a lot done yesterday... It was about six solid hours of pure, deeply concentrated work on school stuff. Wow. I still have more to do, but not nearly as much as I did yesterday. And I still wrote reviews... I'm not used to being this productive so late in a semester...

--M.L.

November 6, 2010

The Moody Blues: Seventh Sojourn (1972) 13/15

I have--I want to say--a perverse desire to take cracks at those almost-certainly-going-to-be-creepy posthumous Michael Jackson albums that are slated to be released starting this December and ending probably the day I die. ...I'm not going to change my queue at all, but I'm conniving to start the Michael Jackson rewrites right after that Buggles page is complete. (They only had two albums, both of which are already on there.) However, unlike my original site, these shall include Jackson 5 reviews starting with the one released in 1969. (I somehow wasn't aware of this until about six months ago, but Michael Jackson still recorded albums with his brothers even when he was at the height of his solo career. I mean, one of them came out in 1984. How did I miss that?) ...Anyway, I tend to have a lot of fun with these sorts of records, as you all are probably acutely aware. (Well, why shouldn't I? They're freaking awesome!!!)

--M.L.

November 5, 2010

Lobby Loyde: Obsecration (1976) 12/15
The Velvet Underground: VU (1985) 11/15

Well... That Lobby Loyde album was a doozie... (What's the Australian word for "doozie?")

I was doing very good with the senior design project this week, but I've gotten somewhat behind in the last two days. I gotta catch up this weekend!!! I don't want to be stuck doing too much over Thanksgiving Break. (Really, there's not a whole lot of stuff left for me to do. I've got to calculate the parking lot area, recalculate the rain garden designs, design the roof gutters, do landscaping details, do some simple earthwork calculations... I don't know why I'm writing this here... Ah, maybe it's good I write this down somewhere.)

--M.L.

November 4, 2010

DJ Screw: 3 'N the Mornin' Part 2 (1996) 10/15

Update! It's the second ever rap album that I attempted to review.

--M.L.

November 3, 2010

Katy Perry: Teenage Dream (2010) 6/15

Well... I actually ended up liking it even less when I sat down and had to figure out what I really thought about it... Oh well...

It might be a decent idea for me to just go back and forth between the two lists at will... Unpredictably... I'm sure the suspense of which list I'll work off of will be killing you all...

--M.L.

November 2, 2010

Bob Dylan: Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) 13/15

I'm not sure if I feel like reviewing Velvet Underground or just putting it off and working off the other list. It seems like it was a bit too soon since I reviewed that double album of theirs and I'm somewhat worn out. With that said, I also don't particularly want to review that Katy Perry album anymore... It's not bad and it's not good, so it's quite uninteresting... But I've listened to it a few times, so it'd be a shame to "waste" it by just discarding it... Err...

--M.L.

November 1, 2010

Genesis: Three Sides Live (1982) 11/15

Happy November Day! (That should be a real thing.)

Also you might (or might not have) noticed that I raised The Times They Are A-Changin' to a 9. I realized that an 8 was too harsh, so I corrected it.

--M.L.

October 31, 2010

David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise (1993) 8/15

Happy Hallospleen! (I'm sure someone out there survived a spleen rupture on Halloween and from then on referred to the holiday as that.) Anyway, I had a rather productive day today with school work, hence an awesome update.

--M.L.

October 30, 2010

The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) 11/15

UPDATE!

--M.L.

October 27, 2010

1969: The Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 2 (1974) 12/15

So... I really want to go through the "Main Review List" cycle once again. (When I originally set up the separate lists, I never intended on working off both of them equally.) However, after this coming cycle, I'll work on the stuff from the alternate list.

I've been slacking off a bit in my capstone course lately, but I now have a clear vision of what I need to accomplish between now and when it's due about a month from now. (Counting down the days!) So, activity might lessen, but I'll still try to keep the updates. (Also, this Blog *has* actually helped me keep my writing skills sharpened... I'm writing these reports lightning-fast, *and* getting wicked good scores.)

--M.L.

October 26, 2010

1969: The Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1 (1974) 12/15

I sort of have to write two separate reviews of this live album since I'm submitting these reviews to epinions, and they're sold separately. ...But anyway, if it emphasizes that there are two CDs people have to buy, then that's an advantage of it.

--M.L.

October 24, 2010

The Velvet Underground: Squeeze (1973) 10/15
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964) 8/15

Updates!

--M.L.

October 23, 2010

Genesis: Abacab (1981) 11/15

I'm ignoring a crap-load of homework right now. Three of them are even writing assignments. ...Well I think I'm properly warmed up for doing an awesome job on those now.

Also I wanted some fresh blood on my listening queue, so I increased it. It now includes some Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, and The Buggles. After that, it'll probably be some sweeping coverage of Eric Clapton's career. I'm taking bets to see when I'll get to the end of what's on the queue now... 2016, maybe?

--M.L.

October 22, 2010

The Moody Blues: A Question of Balance (1970) 13/15
Tin Machine: Oy Vey, Baby (1992) 9/15

Words are written here.

--M.L.

October 19, 2010

10,000 Maniacs: In My Tribe (1987) 11/15

Oh my crap! The midterm grade was actually very respectable! So I guess that means I won't do any damage to buildings with my head banging against them after all.

--M.L.

October 18, 2010

The Lilac Time: The Lilac Time (1987) 13/15

Whew! Got the big midterm presentation out of the way today. Tomorrow we get back our midterm grades for that class, and I'll proceed to beat my head against a building. Until then, here's a Lilac Time review. (Wasn't it forever ago I said I was going to review Lilac Time?) Next is 10,000 Maniacs and then I'm back onto the main list in the queue. Whenever that will be.

--M.L.

October 16, 2010

Fugazi: Instrument (1999) 11/15

HIIIII!!!!!! ...Well those tests went quite well (about 1000 times better than the tests I remember taking last year), and a huge deadline in that capstone class is behind me now. I managed to start sleeping normally again and perhaps even (some of) my sanity is restored. I do have another test on Wednesday, but it's in Engineering Administration, so it doesn't count. Tests in that class remind me of tests I took in high school when I didn't even have to bother studying for them. ...But of course I'm going to study, because I'm a big nerd. I might even find studying for easy mathematics tests enjoyable.

I also got a ticket to see Al Stewart in January. Nosebleed tickets, but it's a very small theater, and I haven't had a nosebleed in years. It will be the first of hopefully many post-college concerts I'll go to and subsequently write about in this blog. (It might be awhile, however, before I get around to doing a full review page on him, though... Especially since I've only written two Natalie Merchant reviews and her concert was last August.) Also, I'm sick to death of seeing those horrible Arabesque, Michael Bolton and Eurythmics reviews on there. It'd break my heart too much to remove some reviews from my "Total count" tally, so I've decided to start rewriting those over Christmas no matter what. Actually shouldn't be much of a challenge, since Arabesque and Michael Bolton are hilariously awful, and I'm a massive fan of Eurythmics.

Anyway, I do hope I can keep up this blog over the next two months. Hard to believe that in two months, my college years will be officially over. It'll have been 9.5 years, so I had a good run! Or a marathon. Or 50 marathons. Holy crap, these are going to be the two longest months of my life.

--M.L.

October 1, 2010

Yello: You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess (1983) 12/15

Two tests next week!! AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

But I won't stress out over them.

--M.L.

September 28, 2010

Barenaked Ladies: All in Good Time (2010) 10/15

...which was the next day.

Fortunately, this semester doesn't seem to be a relentless barrage of deadlines and tests like it was my last two semesters. ...I guess I did do that purposefully, and I saved up my easy classes for last. Now I'm reaping the benefits. (Yay!) ...But I can't get too comfortable in my inactivity. I have two tests next week, a rather large homework assignment due Friday I haven't touched yet, and I have to do some serious research about designing parking lots. (I made a parking lot drawing over the weekend! It'll be the best parking lot anyone has ever driven on, I reckon.) So... I have no idea when the next update will be. Tomorrow? Maybe. Next week? Maybe. It's a mystery. (Also, weirdly enough, I noticed that whenever I don't promise an update, it increases the likelihood of an update. ...I don't understand myself.)

--M.L.

September 27, 2010

The Velvet Underground: Loaded (1970) 12/15

Things are definitely more lax this semester. By this time last year, things were completely crazy.

Luckily I was quite productive this weekend, hence an update on Monday... My next update will be the new Barenaked Ladies release... But I can't predict when that will happen...

--M.L.

September 20, 2010

Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' (1963) 14/15

Were you thinking I was going to enter a long period of inactivity after that Genesis review? ...Ha ha, you were wrong. ...But now you're just going to think the long period of inactivity will begin after the Bob Dylan review, won't you?

--M.L.

September 16, 2010

Genesis: Duke (1980) 10/15

And another update for you, ladies and gentlemen. (And the whole world asks themselves: How much longer can he go?)

--M.L.

September 15, 2010

Tin Machine: Tin Machine II (1991) 10/15

I have a test on Friday, but I'm somehow not too concerned about it. Right now, I think the test is going to be easy as hell. But I remember having a similar attitude to a test I was about to take exactly one year ago, and that turned out so badly that I still tear up a little bit when I think about it. So I had better get by BUTT in gear. (But seriously, it's going to be easy as hell.)

--M.L.

September 14, 2010

The Moody Blues: Caught Live + 5 (1977) 11/15

Weirdly enough, I'm still updating. I mean, I'm busy as hell... (I guess the schedule caught up with me!)

By the way, if you requested something, check and make sure it's listed somewhere in the queue.

If you haven't requested something (i.e. you want me to review an album), then send me a message on the message board. You should do it soon before this site goes into another coma... I'm just saying...

--M.L.

September 13, 2010

10,000 Maniacs: The Wishing Chair (1985) 11/15

Weirdly enough, I feel like I'm ahead of schedule with my homework right now... But it's amazing how quickly this schedule catches up with me.

--M.L.

September 12, 2010

Fugazi: End Hits (1998) 12/15
Dr. Calculus: Designer Beatnik (1986) 9/15

Why do I always feel obligated to say something here whenever I update?

--M.L.

September 11, 2010

George Michael: Older (1996) 8/15

...Actually, that album wasn't so bad... And I enjoyed writing that...

--M.L.

September 10, 2010

Cassidy Haley and the Sunshine Rebels: The Fool (2010) 10/15

Holy moly, I finally got those promotional reviews done. After writing them, I think the hang-up I was having about them was overblown in retrospect. But anyway...

School is going OK so far, but things are really starting to pick up now. I've managed to convince myself that updating this blog occasionally over the semester would be a good idea to keep my writing skills sharpened. I'm in a capstone course that requires extensive writing. But of course things get busy, and I won't promise anything.

But I can promise that the next album I'm going to review is that George Michael one. Someone e-mailed me asking for my thoughts about it, and I can tell you already that my thoughts are chock-full of four-letter words. I'll do my best to keep the profanity out of the review, though...

--M.L.

September 7, 2010

Mr Haynes: Up After Dark (2010) 11/15

STOP THE PRESSES!!! DON IGNACIO HAS UPDATED!!!

--M.L.

August 27, 2010

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground (1969) 12/15

Hello, everybody! This review was slowly in the works over the month, which appears to be my new pace!

But anyway, I just made sure I had the Mr. Haynes and Cassidy Haley albums on my iPod, so I'll be sure I listen to those on my walk between classes and home. Maybe, just maybe, I'll ***FINALLY*** review those. Maybe.

Also, Trent had given me some grammatical corrections, which I haven't applied yet. I wrote those down, so I'll give those a good go soon. At the moment, I have to go to class and stuff. See ya!

--M.L.

August 9, 2010

Natalie Merchant Live: Woodinville, Wash -- August 6, 2010

I think it's safe to say that I'm not quite into this website as I once was, but that doesn't matter. I shouldn't consider it to be anything more than something I just occasionally work on.

I am no longer going to do promotional reviews, because they have been a major hang-up for me. I think if I didn't have them on my queue, this site would have been slightly more active over the last month. They've been getting more and more difficult for me to write, and I've finally hit the breaking point. Nonetheless, there are still two left that I promised to write, and write them I shall. This week. After that Velvet Underground review, which has been half-written for a month.

I have good news! I very nearly have a job! It's not official yet, so I can't get too worked up about it, but it's very close now. But it's hard not to. Holy crap, a career!! Independence! Some day, in the near future, I can do something for society. More importantly, I can have more than $20 in my savings account! I will be able to afford clothes! Health insurance! Car insurance! Food!! Maybe even some left over for fun things! After spending nearly 10 years in college (all very good years, mind you), this has been a long time coming.

--M.L.

June 23, 2010

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan (1962) 11/15

Whew! Well, I hit a wall there! Luckily, I finally got over it and mustered up the energy to update the site.

I'm going on a 10-day trip to Michigan on Friday, so I'm not sure how many updates there will be until I get back on the 4th of July. I'm planning on bringing my laptop with me, so updates are possible, but they're hardly guaranteed.

--M.L.

June 15, 2010

Genesis: ...And Then There Were Three (1978) 10/15

Update! Now, for some Bob Dylan...

--M.L.

June 14, 2010

David Bowie: Tin Machine (1989) 10/15

Update! Now, for some Genesis...

--M.L.

June 13, 2010

The Moody Blues: To Our Children's Children's Children (1969) 14/15

More awesomeness, review-wise.

--M.L.

June 12, 2010

10,000 Maniacs: Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990) 10/15

...And I finished the review 22.5 hours later! Not bad!!

--M.L.

June 11, 2010

Stephen Duffy: Because We Love You (1986) 11/15

Oh man, I started today thinking I was going to write *three* reviews. But I guess I'm too busy doing nothing, and now it's almost 7 p.m. already and I would have to be working pretty non-stop to get a second one in! ...I'll give it a go, though. Starting... now.

--M.L.

June 10, 2010

Fugazi: Red Medicine (1995) 12/15
Toy Matinee: Toy Matinee (1990) 12/15

I had a weird day yesterday, hence the lack of updates. And it wasn't anything majorly weird... just a lot of tiny things that culminated in a power outage at 9 o'clock or so last night. Hopefully I'm making up for that today, since I did say I was going to ramp things up.

--M.L.

June 8, 2010

Moose: High Ball Me! (2000) 14/15
The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (1967) 11/15

I added all those 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant albums to the queue. I missed a few of the Merchant-less live albums, but I'll gauge whether or not to review those when I get to it. The concert is August 6, which means I have until that time to get through all of those albums. (By the way, the reason I'm going is my parents are big fans and offered to buy me a ticket to go with them. Why would I refuse?) Since I want to finish those reviews in time while still concentrating on the main list, I must step it up a notch. (Plus, I don't think I'll burn out... I haven't been this relaxed in years.)

--M.L.

June 7, 2010

Genesis: Second's Out (1977) 11/15
David Bowie: Never Let Me Down (1987) 8/15

Reviewwww(s)!

--M.L.

June 6, 2010

The Moody Blues: On the Threshold of a Dream (1969) 12/15

I'm going to a Natalie Merchant concert in two months, and I don't know any of her music. There's nothing lamer than going to a concert and not knowing the music, so I'll do some reviewing. (I have this theory that all her songs sound the same... We'll see how much that holds to be true.)

--M.L.

June 4, 2010

Stephen Duffy: The Ups and Downs (1985) 11/15

Alright, so only one review today... I'm blaming it on the fact that it took me too long to find a good Stephen Duffy picture. I was sort of hoping to get a good one with him as a member of The Lilac Time, but that'll have to do for now. Starting tomorrow, it's back to the good old main list with the next Moody Blues album... Oh yes, the world is rife with anticipation!

--M.L.

June 3, 2010

Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster (2009) 9/15

Argh! So, only one update today! ...Well, I got distracted! I'm almost certainly going to be cooped up tomorrow, so maybe I can pull off a double header then? (Whatever happened to the days when I'd write four reviews in one sitting? I don't even think I can do that now if I tried.)

--M.L.

June 2, 2010

Fugazi: In on the Kill Taker (1993) 12/15

I got my FE exam results today. I passed it even though I answered 'B' for all the electricity questions. I was worried that I would have to take the test over again and study electricity after that, but thankfully that won't have to happen. I only want the extent of my relationship with electricity to be limited to plugging things in the wall.

So now I'm going to review the Lady Gaga album and then (finally!) the first Stephen Duffy selection that I've been dying to review for more than a month now. I'll try to get these up tomorrow. I would do the Gaga album today, but I see that as an unlikely occurrence since I'm actually going into work today (gonna teach some kids some mathematics)!

--M.L.

May 31, 2010

Dream Theater: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) 9/15
Michael Chagnon: Michael Chagnon (2009) 9/15

So, Dream Theater wasn't the worst thing I could have thought of... I figured spending an entire day with a double-disc progressive-metal album would have upset me somehow. Maybe I'd better review that ugly Fugazi album I have coming up soon before my good mood diminishes!

--M.L.

May 29, 2010

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) 13/15

I got slightly derailed, but rest assured I'm not planning on going months without updating like I have in the past. (Or at least not like I did last summer!) It didn't feel like I had to force myself to come up with this update, which is definitely a good sign.

The good news is that the interview was a success. Unless the economy falls apart between now and then, the job will be mine, and I will finally become a real tax paying citizen of the USA. This also eliminates 85% of my general anxiety, so I'm resting very easily now. (This also proves how nice it was to get a degree in a subject that's actually in demand... Holy crap, when I was looking for a job in 2007 with liberal arts degrees, I couldn't find anything.)

--M.L.

May 19, 2010

Moose: Live a Little Love a Lot (1996) 12/15
Foreigner: Can't Slow Down (2009) 4/15

I actually have a job interview Friday, amazingly enough. It would be really cool to have a job lined up before graduation. Especially at that company. It's a phone interview (they don't even have in-person interviews), so it won't take up very much time. However, I tend to get nervous about these things, and when I get nervous about anything, activity on this site will suffer. I'll certainly try to update, though. This site is my #2 priority! (My #3 priority is watching television.)

Wish me luck!

--M.L.

May 18, 2010

Genesis: Wind & Wuthering (1977) 9/15
Led Zeppelin: Coda (1982) 9/15

Two reviews today! (Whoah...) I'm planning on continuing to go through the main list until I have that Velvet Underground album reviewed. Then I'll go through the other lists again.

--M.L.

May 17, 2010

David Bowie: Labyrinth (1986) 9/15

Another review! (...yay.)

--M.L.

May 16, 2010

The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord (1968) 11/15

The first week of my final summer break is over! I can't say why, but I'm bored of it already... I guess that's what happens when I don't feel completely burnt out from the previous semester.

--M.L.

May 11, 2010

Lady Gaga: The Fame (2008) 9/15

So I only seem to be managing one review per day. I suppose it's best that I don't push myself. I've also been taking long walks in the morning (while listening to the albums), and playing a bit of the new version of Colonization, too. I completely suck at it, of course, but I'm bound to get better. I think!

--M.L.

May 10, 2010

Fugazi: Steady Diet of Nothing (1991) 11/15

Whew! I figured it would take me awhile to write that Fugazi review, but I managed to get it in before the day was out. Well... it's technically May 11 right now, 12:47 A.M. PDT., but I haven't gone to bed yet, so as far as I'm concerned, it's still the 10th.

So tomorrow (i.e., the 11th), I will review one Lady Gaga album before going back into that main list. Amazingly Foreigner released a new album since I created that list, so you may have noticed that I put that one in there, too. Oh yeah, good times lay ahead of me for sure!

--M.L.

May 9, 2010

Fruit Bats: Mouthfuls (2003) 11/15

That's it for today... And tomorrow (or some day after that), the next Fugazi installment...

--M.L.

May 8, 2010

Jil is Lucky: Jil is Lucky (2009) 11/15
Johnny 5th Wheel & The Cowards: J5W (2009) 10/15

Alright, I'm going to work off the requests list for a little while now.

--M.L.

May 7, 2010

Foreigner: Mr. Moonlight (1994) 6/15

One thing I'm going to have to work out soon is my sleeping patterns. I went to sleep last night at 1 a.m. because it's Summer Break and I had no reason to get up early in the morning. But then I woke up at 6 a.m., because that's when I always wake up.

I did one cycle of reviews on the main list, so I'll be working off the other lists these next few days.

--M.L.

May 6, 2010

Moose: Honey Bee (1994) 11/15

Finals are done, and I'm going home! I wanted to wait awhile for my roommate to wake up before I started moving around and packing and things, which is why I spent time this morning with a review. (And that was, for some reason, one of the more difficult reviews for me to write.)

So I do hope I will be busier this summer than I was last summer. I had such a terrible experience with my roommates last year that I wanted to do nothing but sit in a catatonic state all summer. This has been a very difficult and grueling but a much happier semester, and I think that means I'll be very productive. It's also looking like I'm temporarily getting my old job back at the math tutoring place where I worked in 2007 and 2008, so I maybe I won't be bored, either!

--M.L.

May 3, 2010

David Bowie: Absolute Beginners (1986) 14/15
Genesis: A Trick of the Tail (1976) 12/15
Led Zeppelin: in Through the Out Door (1979) 10/15

I said it a bunch of times in the review, but that soundtrack review doesn't really belong on the David Bowie page since he only contributed a few songs and hadn't influence on anything else. But until I get a page going consisting of nothing but Broadway soundtracks (which is something I'll probably do at some point), it will remain there.

--M.L.

May 2, 2010

The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (1967) 13/15

Tomorrow is the day I have to really get busy with the studying! It's a good thing the two tests I have coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday I find pretty easy and they happen to be open book! But I can't go into the test without giving each of them a good 7-8 hours worth of heavy practicing.

I forgot to mention yesterday that another thing I have to do this summer is periodically go through all my reviews and try to make the sentences flow better.

Also, I should never have put the Michael Bolton and Arabesque reviews on the "rewritten" site since they were not actually rewritten. I don't want to remove them, so I will just redo them. Fortunately, writing about horrendous albums is easy for me and requires very little thought. I also missed a Michael Bolton album from 1985 that I can now catch. The good news is that the cover is hilarious, and I'd imagine that will take up roughly 3/4th of the review space.

--M.L.

May 1, 2010

Fugazi: Repeater (1990) 13/15
Ist: Toothpick Bridge (2009) 9/15

Whew! This marks the near end of another extremely tough semester! I still have finals next week, but the tests are the least of my worries. Really, it was the *HOMEWORK* that kept me so busy. I had roughly 40 assignments in total, and I'm making a conservative estimate they took me an average of six hours to complete each. One notorious assignment in particular took me an entire day. I started it about 10 a.m. and finished it at midnight. No kidding.

I've also had really bad luck about having tests on the same day or very close together on the same week, which was extremely difficult for me to manage! So I'm not getting a 4.0 GPA, but I'm not even remotely in danger of failing anything (which in college-speak is anything less than a C).

I decided that I wanted to review the Stephen Duffy/The Lilac Time catalog this summer in addition to the usual stuff. When I decided to review Stephen Duffy, I didn't quite realize he was so prolific! So doing his catalog might actually take me the whole summer. If I somehow finish that, I'll think of some other discography of another somewhat obscure act. I'm thinking it'll probably be The Divine Comedy.

I'm also about 20,000 words into writing a novel, which I started on Spring Break and continued the following (relatively calm) week of classes. It won't be any great masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. It's meant to be a sort of comedy-fantasy, and what I've written so far honestly comes off a bit sit-commy. However, I think I've finally come up with a story line that's at least vaguely interesting, and it kind of goes in a different direction by the end than you would think after reading the first few chapters. So, unlike the rather poorly plotted novel I started writing last summer, I might actually complete this one.

--M.L.

February 1, 2010

Qa'a: Chie'n (2009) 12/15

That was one freaky album but an ultimately rewarding one, and it's by far the most interesting album I got from a band or promoter. It was just a bit difficult to listen to, though, so I'm rather glad the review is done!

--M.L.

January 31, 2010

New Reviews:

OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (2010) 13/15
Kayo Dot: Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue (2006) 11/15

Alright. I had to hold my breath a bit before posting that OK Go review. I never thought in a million years I'd like one of their albums that much. I mean, I always thought they were a fun band and they looked good on those treadmills, but ... a 13? Making it weirder is pretty much every single music reviewer on the Internet is very lukewarm about the album. But I thought it was really good as I listened to it over the week and I really listened to it a lot. I only liked it better as I wrote the review. At any rate, whether you personally agree with me or not, I'm allowed to have any opinion that I please! I give Of the Blue Colour of the Sky a well-earned 13.

About the whole MOG debacle in case you were a little more curious... As soon as it became blatantly obvious to me that MOG was planning on doing nothing for me and all they wanted out of the relationship was to rake in 50% of my ad revenue, I severed the ties. I ripped those ads off my site like ripping a band-aid off my freakishly hairy arm. It's an interesting enterprise MOG has going and I can see how that might benefit someone who is just starting to get into the blogging "trade." Someone who wants at least the basis connections for an audience (and perhaps has some delusion that ad revenue can be profitable). But there really wasn't an audience there for me.

So thanks for bearing through this. I'll try to update, but keep in mind my homework schedule is starting to get heavier. ...But at least none of it involves MATLAB this semester, so I won't waste a whole lot of time screaming at computer code!

Did anyone subscribe to the RSS feed? If there's just one person who says he/she subscribed to it, I'll continue to update it.

--M.L.

January 30, 2010

New Review:

Foreigner: Unusual Heat (1991) 7/15

Alright! The site is redesigned, and I'm back in business!

As I said in the last post, I'm a little disappointed about MOG since I thought it would entail integrating my site into their system. I was thinking I should give this a year to work, but ... honestly, I'm so disillusioned with it right now that if nothing changes, MOG would be lucky if I stayed with them for another week.

--M.L.

January 29, 2010

The messiness of those ads on the artist pages made me want to give this entire site an overhaul. I'm wondering what you guys think of it... If you don't like it, then you can tell me. It won't hurt my feelings.

I'm going to give this MOG thing a year. It's not what I was expecting it to be (i.e. there's not a good way for me to connect my reviews to their streaming music pages). Right now, it seems more like a scheme for them to generate ad revenue more than it is to provide a means for me to get more widely read. (They have "famous" blogs like Pop Matters and Tiny Mix Tapes in their system, so I don't think this is a full-on scam or anything.)

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Since they share half the ad revenue, I should reasonably expect my association with MOG to double my site traffic over the year. If it doesn't, then I'm gone.

By the way, when people say it's impossible to make money online, they aren't kidding! By the looks of it, I'll be lucky to earn 20 cents a day. That would come to a grand total of $73 a year, which isn't even half the dirt-cheap price it costs to run this site per year. Well anyway I had always been curious what ad revenue would be like, and now I have my answer. Let's just say I'm not quitting my day job. ...Or rather the day job I hope to get after I graduate college.

The only thing MOG does as far as I can tell is publish an RSS feed on their social networking community. I just set one up yesterday for those of you who actually use them. You can subscribe to it if you want... http://donignacio.com/donignacio.xml (I wasn't sure what an RSS feed was until yesterday. It will give you notifications whenever I update the site with a new review on my.yahoo or google or you can bookmark it to your browser... it probably wouldn't do you much good unless you're already getting RSS feeds.)

Surprisingly I've been able to keep up with schoolwork despite all this, so there should be time galore for me to write some new reviews. I have a hefty boatload of homework just assigned today, but most of it isn't due until Friday, and the material has been pretty understandable............... so far............

I'm just itching to write (as evidenced by the size and self-indulgent nature of this post), but I have to finish converting the pages. AND FINISH I WILL!!!!!!!!

--M.L.

January 26, 2010

New Reviews:

Animal Collective: Fall Be Kind [EP] (2009) 12/15

Whew! Things are really starting to get swinging here at school. I have a mini-project due Friday (assigned Monday), and I want to take my time on it. Also, I have a few other small assignments to do. There are a few more long term things that need to get going pretty soon as well. Nonetheless, I'll continue on with this as much I can...

--M.L.

January 25, 2010

You might have noticed certain changes... Just in case you're curious...

The MOG thing looks like it is going to happen, and (yes) there will be advertisements on this site. I'm relieved that nobody has caused a commotion about that! (Sometimes that happens when sites like this start to get ads for the first time...) Just to be clear, the ads weren't at all what attracted me to MOG; it was getting my reviews attached to their streaming music service and hopefully expanding my readership! My front page gets about 50 hits a day, which is great, but why stop at that? I had also been submitting my reviews to epinions.com for quite a few years, which now has to stop according to the agreement. I had quite a few good readers there, but obviously this will mark the end of that. (I will finally come forward and announce the presence of my Blog on epinions soon... I had a certain issue with epinions once upon a time which kept me from making this "real" internet ego known there.)

Also, I have completely severed ties with the old reviews on the old front page just to make things simpler. The main counter (which was at 1023) doesn't exist anymore, and we're just going to follow the 701 that is currently on the front page. I confess I'll miss recalculating the "percent complete" number after finishing every review, but that had to go too! (The old reviews can still be found, but it doesn't officially exist.)

One of the main reasons I wanted to sever ties with the old pages was because I actually want to start an entirely new rewrite process on the reviews I already have. ...Don't worry, they'll mostly just be touch ups for grammar and wording and things. It will probably entail a few quick re-listens to albums I hadn't heard in awhile, but nothing major.

--M.L.

January 24, 2010

New Reviews:

Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.: The Land of Pure Imagination (2006) 12/15
Ringo Starr: Y Not (2010) 8/15

I've been getting these e-mails off and on from Mog asking me to join their advertising system. I haven't been too interested in putting advertisements on this site, but I looked more into their offer, and it would seem to entail linking my reviews with their music streaming service. So, anyone who is streaming an album from Mog that I have reviewed has the option of clicking on my page, reading the review, and seeing whether they agree with what I say or not. I say that is pretty cool, so I have started the beginning stages of joining the site. That would also potentially give this site a little more exposure to people who might want to read it.

--M.L.

January 22, 2010

New Review:

Moose: ...XYZ (1992) 12/15

I checked out from the human race last weekend to play a video game, but I'm back... I think... School is going OK so far. My next homework assignment that I haven't completed yet isn't due until Friday. (Yes, my nerddom hath returned.) It actually looks like a fun assignment so I'll probably do it tomorrow. (Yes indeed, my nerddom hath returned...)

As far as this site goes this weekend, I really need to work on the promotions/new releases/Babbletron list. If I don't do those soon, they'll cease to be topical, and they will cease to have a point. And I just got two promotional review requests! I've been getting a lot of those lately...

--M.L.

January 14, 2010

New Review:

Led Zeppelin: Presence (1976) 9/15

There goes a potentially controversial review!

School is going fine so far although we still haven't gotten into the meat of anything. In fact what I anticipate to be by far my worst class (Concrete, Part II) hasn't even met yet, because the professor is off participating in some conference on the East Coast. When he gets back, I'm sure all hell will break loose in my brain, just like Concrete, Part I! At least the weekend shouldn't be too terrible, so maybe I'll write some more reviews...

--M.L.

January 13, 2010

New Review:

Phil Lewis: Movements in Space (2010) 11/15

Well... The album seemed to grow colder on me as I listened to it more. It's one of those albums I listened to with a strong first impression, but then it seemed to lose its appeal the more I listened to it. Now it got a weakish 11, but that means I still liked it of course...

Anyway, I started a new 2010 page, and hopefully there will be more than five reviews on there before the year is out. I already put Ringo's new album on my queue. I guess there's an OK Go album too, which should be OK.

--M.L.

January 12, 2010

Rewritten Review:

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) 13/15

It looks like I'm probably going to be fairly busy with studying/homework this semester, but I'm going to at least try to keep updating the site with some regularity. One of the ways I'm going to do it is to try to do all my assignments as early as possible to decrease my anxiety. (There's nothing more frustrating than doing homework at the last minute and not really understanding it, and there's nothing as soul-sucking as getting it back with a crap grade.) I'm happy to report (to myself!) that I completed about 95 percent of a very lengthy homework assignment that wasn't due until Friday. I felt so good about it that I felt extremely comfortable spending time writing a review. ...We'll see how well I keep up with that especially since I haven't had homework assignments yet in two other classes that promise to be intense, but this is going to be my strategy.

My next review will definitely be Phil Lewis, since that is a promotion review and I indicated to him that I was going to review it last week, and I want to get to it before things start to get too busy. Surprisingly, it's very good, and might be the first promotion review that I give a 12 (or maybe a 13?) to. Don't quote me on that, but I've really enjoyed it the two times I've listened to it so far...

Oh, and I listened to some albums besides The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway while I was doing that lengthy homework assignment. Anybody who likes catchy pop music that has passion, attitude, and humor should definitely check out Miss Li's Dancing the Whole Way Home, because that made doing my homework assignment a fantastic experience. I also finally got around to listening to The Flaming Lips' Embryonic and thought it was really great. I took my third or fourth listen to Lou Reed's excellent Coney Island Baby, which I realized I don't listen to nearly enough. ...And then Enya's Watermark, which has a few glorious moments, although I can't help but agreeing with the masses and saying that it's rather dull overall.

--M.L.

January 8, 2010

New Review:

Fugazi: 13 Songs (1990) 13/15

I don't know why, but I had awful trouble writing that Fugazi review... It's a band I'm brand new to, I guess...

Anyway, the break is really coming to an end now. I'll be busy tomorrow preparing to go, and then I actually leave on Sunday. I don't know how active the site is going to be this semester, but I do think it's likely that it'll be more active than it was last semester. (That's a safe bet because I'd only have to write about seven reviews to be more active than I was last semester!) There are no programming classes, and my living arrangements are the same as they were last semester, hence I don't have to adjust myself to a new environment. Also, I'm partly getting motivated by the fact that this is my very last year of college, and who the hell knows what's going to happen to me after that. I kind of wanted to get those stupid rewrites done before I graduated. That was a long, long way away when I started them! Grrr....

I've decided that I'm going to finish reviewing Led Zeppelin's studio albums, since there are only two left. It's kind of silly to let it remain incomplete like that. At some point I'll do the live albums (and probably the solo albums too)!

--M.L.

January 6, 2010

New Review:

Crimes in Choir: Trumpery Metier (2006) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

David Bowie: Tonight (1984) 9/15

So, I started to review that Ruff Sqwad album, which is UK hip-hop, and I hated it. I got through maybe a third of the track reviews, and then I decided to just give up. Thank god the Crime in Choir album was quite a lot of fun! And now for the first Fugazi album. (Yay!)

--M.L.

January 5, 2010

New Reviews:

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975) 12/15
The Moody Blues: The Magnificent Moodies (1965) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Foreigner: Inside Information (1987) 6/15

Nothing to report today. Just reviews.

--M.L.

January 4, 2010

Rewritten Review:

Genesis: Selling England By the Pound (1973) 15/15

Whew, I didn't expect to take most of the day on that one Genesis review, but I suppose I have to take extra time to work on reviews of my favorite albums... So, now on with that Led Zeppelin double album thingy...

--M.L.

January 3, 2010

New Reviews:

Edan: Beauty and the Beat (2005) 12/15
Research Turtles: Research Turtles (2009) 10/15

Alright! Things have been going steadily lately, and I'm satisfied! I just finished the band/promoter/label request review of Research Turtles, which was my ultimate reviewing goal for the break. (For once, I actually hit one of my short term goals for this site!) I only have one week left of break, unfortunately, so I'll try to goof off as much as possible. That is, I'll update some more.

In case anyone actually cares about this, I mis-scored Let's Dance... It should have been an 11... Using my robotic "mathematical" method, it was a 10, but I didn't factor in the fact that those three great pop songs make me pull out the album very frequently.

I know how complicated these queues have been getting, but I'm very behind on the Babbletron 2000 reviews and I just got another band/promoter/label request review. Given that those actually somewhat have a deadline unlike the request reviews or the main queue, I don't know what else to do but start a third queue...

--M.L.

January 2, 2010

New Review:

Ween: The Mollusk (1997) 14/15

HAPPY NEW YEAR.... yesterday....

--M.L.

December 31, 2009

Rewritten Review:

David Bowie: Let's Dance (1983) 11/15

Woohoo! Last update of the decade! I'll do a couple request reviews tomorrow provided Y2K.01 doesn't wipe out the Internet.

--M.L.

December 30, 2009

New Review:

Neil Young: Fork in the Road (2009) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Foreigner: Agent Provocateur (1984) 7/15

Looks like eboards is having some issues... I haven't been getting it to load for the last 18 hours or so. So, if you want to request a review and you haven't done one already, please send me an e-mail. Likewise, if you requested something before and I already reviewed it, you can request something else right now! Of course it'll be awhile before I actually get around to writing it, but at least it'll be put on the list.

Alright, I thought more about the "reviewing new albums" message I had here earlier, and I don't think that's going to work out too well. At best, I might do five of them, and then completely lose interest or become too busy with schoolwork. So, perhaps it's best that I concentrate on rewrites and finishing the huge discographies, as slowly as that has been going.

--M.L.

December 29, 2009

New Reviews:

Flight of the Conchords: I Told You I Was Freaky (2009) 12/15
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (1973) 11/15
Douye: Journey (2007) 8/15

And there is another useless Led Zeppelin review. (I actually enjoyed writing it, though, which is a relief...) I did two request reviews, one of which was from a promoter, and now I'll work off the regular queue some more.

--M.L.

December 28, 2009

New Reviews:

Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder (2007) 13/15
Genesis: Genesis Live (1973) 13/15

Rewritten Review:

David Bowie: Scary Monsters (1980) 13/15

Hi! I was a bit distracted these last few days (we got a Blu-Ray player that streams Netflix from the Internet! I spent most of Christmas day trying to set it up, and then the subsequent two days watching stuff). But I do not feel whatsoever burned out writing reviews. I'll work off the main queue for a bit, and then go back to the request queue. Actually I should probably try to finish most of the requests up to Fugazi before the break it out since some of those are for indie bands and publishers...

--M.L.

December 23, 2009

New Review:

The Indelicates: American Demo (2008) 11/15

I was worried that that review was too negative, but I guess it's OK... I dunno... If Julia Clarke-Lowes ever visits this site, she'd probably be pissed at me for putting The Indelicates review on The Pipettes page. ...But that page was pretty lonely, and it's not like I'm dating her. It'll be turned into a whole Pipette's related extravaganza. Anything even vaguely Pipettes related will be thrown on there!

I got my grades! A 2.93 GPA! ...That's not good at all, but it's better than I was expecting. I can sleep easy tonight! ...But before that, I'll try to start that Apples in Stereo review. And then I'm going Christmas shopping tomorrow! (...........yeah, I know.)

--M.L.

December 22, 2009

New Reviews:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Lost Trident Sessions (1973) 13/15
Neil Young: Chrome Dreams II (2007) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Foreigner: 4 (1981) 8/15

I got surprisingly a lot done today considering I slept most of the morning! (I had 12 hours of sleep, approximately... I must really be making up for that string of 4-hour nights I had over the semester.) Don't get used to this flurry of activity. Believe me.

So I got three separate requests to review three different Fugazi albums, so I'm just going to do the whole discography... That's a band I was almost certainly going to look at shortly after the rewrites anyway, and I'd much rather do the whole thing in order than out of order. So, there...

--M.L.

December 21, 2009

Rewritten Review:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire (1972) 12/15

As I suspected, I demoted Birds of Fire. Although I wasn't anticipating demoting it by two entire points! Interesting! So, I'm listening to The Lost Trident Sessions for the third time as we speak, and I'll try to update with that review either today or tomorrow morning. (I probably could update four times a day like I've been known to do occasionally, but I'm just gonna take it easy...)

--M.L.

December 19, 2009

Rewritten Review:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) 13/15

For some reason I thought I was going to revise the Mahavishnu Orchestra reviews quickly, but I forgot that this band demands a lot more time and attention than most other bands do! Especially that pop-rock stuff I seem to like so much. So, just to keep things moving this break, I think I should only re-do the two controversial ones for now (their first two), and then review the Lost Trident Sessions, which was a request.

See you in a bit! (By the looks of things I might actually demote Birds of Fire to a 13... It seems like I overrated it... But we'll see in a bit...)

--M.L.

December 18, 2009

Rewritten Review:

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971) 12/15

Ha! I said I might not update today, and I updated first thing in the morning! Isn't that better than saying I'll update and not updating? ...I think so. Really the effects of being free from the grasp of the semester is beautiful. Maybe even magical. I can see unicorns!

Um. I haven't driven to Seattle yet. I should probably go do that now. I'll either write that Foreigner review or start revising those Mahavishnu Orchestra reviews when I get there. ...I was being lazy keeping those reviews in that state anyhow, so that'll be a good thing. A very good thing. Very, very, very...

OK, I'm leaving now.

--M.L.

December 17, 2009

Rewritten Review:

Genesis: Foxtrot (1972) 14/15

Whew!!!!! Now the semester is officially over. All I can possibly do now is sit and wait for the grades to come in. I'm a bit afraid to look at those actually seeing there's actually a chance I might not have passed something. I suppose that fluids final I just took could have went better (it was quite a bit more intense than I was anticipating), but no matter. It's all overrrrrrrr!!!! And what a better way to celebrate that than by writing about one of my favorite albums of all time?

I'm not too sure about updates tomorrow, because I'm driving back to Seattle. Looks like the roads are clear, so that's good news.

As I said in yesterday's post, request reviews are going to be permanent... But don't be too shocked or disappointed if it's months before I actually get around to reviewing it... Of course I'll probably be working pretty busily on this site over the break seeing that I have a lot of pent up emotions...

--M.L.

December 16, 2009

New Reviews:

Country Teasers: The Empire Strikes Back (2006) 12/15
Star & Micey: Star & Micey (2009) 10/15

I had three finals in my three hardest classes squished together in the first two days of finals week. The concrete final was optional... I studied for it, but I came to the conclusion that I was hardly prepared enough to actually raise my grade at all. ...I looked in the classroom at the time of the final, and there was only one person taking it. Wow... The geotechnical engineering final was mostly a disaster... I don't know why the professor has to write test questions that seem more designed to confuse you than to actually test how well you understand the basic concepts. (If I understand the material well enough to quickly redo homework assignments while understanding the ideas behind what I'm doing, I don't see why the test has to be anything more than that. I'm sure that test would have confused most professional geotechnical engineers...) I did the best I could on it, and I hope I at least did well enough to pass the class. I was at a very high C+ before the test, and at this college, anything less than a C including a C- is essentially a failing grade since that means I'd have to retake it. The indeterminate structures final was shockingly doable, though! The class itself was way more complicated than geotech, but that professor didn't actually expect any of us to be wunderkinds! ...I mean, the test was hard, but if you did the homework and went over the solutions of the previous tests, then it wasn't too bad. There was just one part that I wasn't too sure about...

Anyway, enough about my moaning. I only have one final left Thursday night, and that's in my easiest class, Fluid Dynamics. I mean, I always get stressed out before finals, but the amount of stress I'm feeling about Fluid Dynamics compared to the other three is practically no stress at all. Heck, maybe my hair will start to grow back! ...Nah.......

OK, here's some news regarding this actual site. (Is anyone reading this? Maybe I'm writing this more for my own benefit... Putting in stone my immediate plans for this site...)

I decided only to review the two remaining Neil Young studio albums. I was actually dreading those live albums and archival releases, so I thought it would be best to put those aside for now. I'll do them eventually, but I only want to review fun things right now. I'm also going to delay finishing the Led Zeppelin page past Presence. I have enough trouble writing about that band as it is, and those later albums aren't fun for me at all. So, I updated the queue... This means I'll get to the Moody Blues, Moose, Velvet Underground, and Bob Dylan quicker, which are bands that I LOVE!!!!!! and I think some people were looking forward to seeing. I even have on there a bunch of archival Velvet Underground releases even though I reserve the right to remove those from the queue if I don't feel up to it. (And yes, I'm going to review Squeeze! Actually, I don't think I could possibly skip that one.) For the record, I'm still planning on doing Kiss, Booker T and the MGs, and Peter Gabriel rewrites after I finish out what's presently on the queue...

I also sort of have a desire to start reviewing albums as they are released, but I don't think I have the time/stamina to pull that off regularly. At any rate, I think I'll be reviewing new or recent releases more frequently than I have been. I don't seem to be nearly as adamant about finishing the rewrites as I used to be, even though I still eagerly anticipate the day those are actually done.

This also means that perhaps request reviews will be a slightly more permanent feature... I don't want people to give me entire lists of albums to review, but one at a time would work fine. There is a separate "request queue" and a "main artist queue," and I'll just choose to work on one or the other. (Probably I'll concentrate mainly on the "main artists," though.) Anyway I requested myself to do a review (the new Flight of the Conchords album!) and I'm also going to review the albums people are picking for Music Babble's best of the 2000's list... I happened to have already reviewed the first two albums that were picked! Well, half of the reason for that is I picked one of them!

Lastly, I know this is going to be hard to believe seeing how long this journal entry is, but I've decided to shorten the length of my average review by two paragraphs. Those two paragraphs are usually spent dwelling on something irrelevant or repeating myself... I'm tired of repeating myself. Seriously!!!

--M.L.

November 30, 2009

New Review:

Pippin Sparks: Rainbow Spectrum (2009) 11/15

Blech!!! This semester has been awful, and I'm really looking forward to through with it in three weeks. I'm easily spending triple the amount of time on these classes than I was last semester, and all I've been able to get out of them are C+s. I managed to land three out of four professors who give out material that caters well to the geniuses of the group, which there are plenty of in civil engineering school, but I'm unfortunately not a genius... You can't get more complicated and convoluted than some of these classes. So, I'm in survival mode right now... Just need to last three more weeks...

The good news is that I finally finished this review I spent forever working on. I've also been listening to *a lot* of music lately, in fact a lot more than I probably would have had I been updating the site.

And look! That's my 1000th review! Hooray!

Request reviews are coming in three weeks. Start thinking, and then post your requests on the message board if you are at all interested. Remember, anything goes, as long as I have access to it... I'll probably request myself to do some reviews, too... Yeah, that made total sense. My brain is totally fried...

--M.L.

August 28, 2009

Rewritten Review:

David Bowie: Lodger (1979) 12/15

Just one update. Again. (I'm running close to being late for class!!!)

--M.L.

August 27, 2009

Rewritten Review:

Neil Young: Living With War (2006) 11/15

Once again, just one update today. (Notice we're in the final days of this site's "total reviews" counts will ever be in triple digits! It's also funny that right now, my "rewritten" count happens to be 666. That sounds like something that I would purposefully try to plan, but I promise, it was 100 percent unintentional.)

--M.L.

August 26, 2009

Rewritten Review:

Foreigner: Head Games (1979) 8/15

Just one update today. I might work on the Neil Young review I'm writing next, but it will be back at my apartment where I don't have the Internet. (I'm getting outta the library!)

--M.L.

August 25, 2009

New Review:

Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister (1998) 13/15

Rewritten Review:

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III (1970) 11/15

Another update! And this marks the end of the request reviews. ... Except for a Pippin Sparks album, but it'll be about a week or so before I get to that.

You can still request something if you missed it... I'll review any album you want. You'll just have to wait a week before I can get to it.

--M.L.

August 24, 2009

New Review:

Devin Townsend: Terria (2001) 12/15

I have a one-hour break between classes, and I'm sitting here on a chair in the engineering building updating my site! This *is* the 21st Century!

As I was driving to Pullman yesterday, I put Pet Sounds, which I haven't listened to for awhile. ...I love the album of course, but was a 15 overrating it? Now, I think a 14 might have been more proper. ...I'm not going to do anything about it now, but I'll continue to keep asking myself that.

--M.L.

August 22, 2009

New Reviews:

Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996) 13/15
Beulah: When Your Heartstrings Break (1999) 11/15

Sometimes I forget that I'm living in the 21st Century. There is such a thing as "wireless Internet" and they have it at my school! I am living in a sci-fi world!! I didn't see anything on there about "school related activities only" on their wireless Internet info page and it looks reasonably fast, so it looks like I'll still have a web presence. I could probably get away with streaming music... but I shouldn't push it. But that's why I have 122 albums saved on my laptop! My roommate also surprised me, and he didn't opt for the cheap-o internet connection at the apartment. So nothing is going to inhibit me from this site over the fall semester, it seems.

Except homework. (Gah!!! No!!!!!!!!!!!)

--M.L.

August 21, 2009

New Review:

Patty Griffin: Living With Ghosts (1996) 11/15

Alright. There's no chance in hell I'll finish these request reviews today. Well... maybe in hell I would write quicker, but here on earth I seem to be writing slowly. I probably won't finish them tomorrow either, since I have to do things. Sunday of course I'm going back to Pullman where I will be without Internet connection.

But I'm enjoying these request reviews, as usual. You've guys put forth some really interesting things! Especially Bad Brains, since I didn't think I would've liked that. ...You can still request reviews today or tomorrow morning. But if you wait until Saturday night or Sunday, then it'll be awhile before I'm able to get to it. You can read more about that whole sordid story below.

I found out this morning that there's a very good reason that Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson are the only two members of the Jackson family to have particularly made names for themselves outside the family. All the other guys suck ass. LaToya, Jermaine, that old one... Blughhhhhhh!!!!

Then I had this funny idea to review every single Jackson-5-related album and put them all on the same page. ...I'd be reviewing those Jermaine Jackson albums side-by-side with Michael Jackson's world-famous ones!! ...But there I go dreaming again, and not concentrating on what I should be doing at the present. Request reviews. And then Led Zeppelin and things. (But seriously, a Jackson 5 page would be cool. And fun to do. Something for the future.)

--M.L.

August 20, 2009

New Reviews:

Sean Altman: SeanDEMOnium (1997) 12/15
Bad Brains: Bad Brains (1980) 12/15

It turns out that I won't have Internet connection at all next week. (I guess the cable company is lumbered with new Internet connection requests at the beginning of the school year, or something ridiculous like that.) But I prepared for that. I'm still working on my master/evil plan of writing reviews on this laptop, saving them to my freshly purchased flash drive, and updating them in the computer lab. That's why I downloaded every single album in my queue to my hard drive! (LEGALLY! I can save Rhapsody files to my hard drive so I can listen to them without an Internet connection. That was nice/clever of them!)

Hoh yes... These are the sorts of schemes I spend all my day thinking about!

And, I'm going to do my utter best to finish the request reviews by tomorrow. I spent a little bit longer with the Sean Altman review than I would have wanted to. (All morning and a chunk of the afternoon.) But it's all in a good day's work.

--M.L.

August 19, 2009

New Reviews:

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships (1983) 12/15
Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours (2008) 10/15
Trez Rek 500: Outside the Lines (2009) 10/15

I have decided that having only 78 albums on my "tentative" review queue for the fall wasn't being optimistic enough. So, I have extended it to 122 albums. It ends appropriately with Booker T. and the MG's In the Spirit of Christmas, which will be my symbolic reviewing goal for Christmas. (I'm not getting my hopes up that I'll actually make it... but you never know. I could be supremely bored/motivated.)

No matter what, I'll plan on doing the next round of request reviews at Christmas break. (The current round is happening right now, so DO get those in by Friday! Put your request on the message board!!)

--M.L.

August 18, 2009

New Review:

Pippin Sparks: Out and About (2009) 11/15

Phew!!! I had quite a day! I drove five hours there, moved in, and then drove five hours back! (I know, I could have just stayed there, but I get the feeling that I'm going to delay the possible/inevitable feeling of getting sick and tired of the place as much as I can.)

Anyway, that Pippin Sparks album is delightful. She recorded it on her laptop and asked me to review it a long time ago (AKA right when I went on that unscheduled reviewing hiatus). It's inventive and fun to listen to. You should hear it, which you can for FREE on YouTube. (Give it a few gos to get used to her voice, which ain't exactly Pat Benatar.)

--M.L.

August 17, 2009

Rewritten Review:

Genesis: Nursery Cryme (1971) 12/15

Converted Review:

The Rolling Stones Concert Review

I'm actually leaving tomorrow and not today. My biggest activity today has been making sure I have enough albums downloaded onto my computer to last the semester. My schedule is such that I'll probably be carrying my laptop around with me. If I need a break from studying I'll probably do a track review or two. ...Just to keep the sanity.

Anyway, I put The Moody Blues and Moose on there as I promised some time ago, and I made the executive decision to start reviewing The Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan.

It's also possible I'll review some super-awesomely-obscure '60s albums I've been getting from blogs. Although that'll only be if I feel like it.

--M.L.

August 16, 2009

New Review:

David Bowie: Stage (1978) 11/15

There will probably be no updates tomorrow since it looks like I'll be driving to Pullman to take care of apartment matters.

I'm continuing to take requests, but you can take all the time you want to. It no longer looks like there will be a period of time I'll be without Internet.

But please try to come up with something by Friday!!! I'm pretty sure we're getting "lite" Internet connection in Pullman, which means that all downloading should be done while I'm still at my folks' house.

--M.L.

August 14, 2009

New Review:

Neil Young: Prairie Wind (2005) 11/15

Well, I didn't review as much this summer as I originally hoped I would, but I guess I needed to take a break from it. The vacation has been more relaxing and refreshing than I could have hoped for considering what I was subjected to last spring, and I feel that I'm ready to hit the new semester on the ground running. All of my classes this semester are pretty hardcore engineering ones and probably relatively easier to handle. No thermodynamics or differential equations or microbiology or anything annoying.

Even though I'm not quite to 66.6%, I'm taking request reviews now, because I won't initially have an Internet connection when I move back to Pullman. ...I could probably still write reviews and upload them using a pen drive in the computer lab, but I don't see how I would get away with downloading albums that anyone requests...

--M.L.

August 13, 2009

Rewritten Reviews:

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969) 12/15
Genesis: Trespass (1970) 11/15
Foreigner: Double Vision (1978) 8/15

Holy crap, I updated. Thrice!!!

--M.L.

June 17, 2009

Rewritten Review:

David Bowie: "Heroes" (1977) 14/15

Phew! Well, I completely lost my will to review there, but I finally got around to updating. I wanted to work on this site all along, but I just couldn't seem to get myself to do it. I would open the word document (as late as yesterday) and try to write, but the words just weren't flowing. Then a few hours ago I was watching a South Park episode about the town dividing themselves between pro-war and anti-war. At one point, somebody mentioned something about hippies listening to rock 'n' roll music, which somehow triggered me to immediately turn off the TV and start writing this "Heroes" review. ...That was weird.

I know you guys probably djon't give a crap, but I wrote a few songs last week. The one that I submitted to midi-contest.com is called Wisteria. I wrote it specifically to get a lot of points, so it's pretty freaking cheesy. Writing these things is a weird process... I was pretty hopped up on sugar and I decided to interrupt all the strings, harps and woodwinds with an ugly guitar solo that obviously came from listening to all these Neil Young albums. I tried taking it out later, but the song as a whole just wasn't working without it. It just sort of pops up all of the sudden and doesn't really fit, but it's a cool contrast to the rest of it I think. Anyway, there's my first ever attempt at a guitar solo. Also, last Christmas, I wrote a song called Dreams, which I don't think I ever announced. For what it's worth, that's by far the best thing I ever wrote.

So, will I write more reviews in the next few days? I think so...

--M.L.

June 2, 2009

New Review:

Neil Young: Live at Vicar St. (2003) 6/15

Rewritten Review:

Foreigner: Foreigner (1977) 8/15

I took a slight break to go on a Civ II marathon, which I have to do at least once every two years. Well... I took over the world twice, so now that's out of my system.

--M.L.

May 29, 2009

Rewritten Reviews:

David Bowie: Low (1977) 14/15
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1969) 13/15
Genesis: From Genesis to Revelation (1969) 10/15

Hello again! I probably won't do a whole lot of reviewing over the weekend (relatively speaking), so I'll do as much as I can today.

--M.L.

May 28, 2009

New Reviews:

Neil Young: Greendale (2003) 10/15
Duran Duran: Red Carpet Massacre (2007) 7/15

Whew! Well, the Duran Duran and Rolling Stones pages are finished! I can't believe it! At some point I'll go back and do some solo albums for both bands, but that'll be a long time from now.

Also, I wish I could update everyday with four reviews. But this pace is insane, and there's no way I'll be able to keep it up. So don't get used to it! I'll try to keep the momentum going, but I think probably two per day is more reasonable.

--M.L.

May 27, 2009

New Reviews:

The Rolling Stones: Shine a Light (2008) 11/15
Neil Young: Are You Passionate? (2002) 9/15

Rewritten Reviews:

David Bowie: Station to Station (1976) 14/15
Duran Duran: Astronaut (2004) 11/15

Hi! I have now added the first Genesis, Led Zeppelin, and Foreigner albums to my queue. I also wanted something to do while I was listening to these albums, so I edited my review of ABBA's Ring Ring. (I changed quite a bit of the wording, added a tasteless joke about Pearl Harbor, but I didn't actually listen to it again. I was listening to Foreigner!) I also succumbed to peer pressure and changed my Ziggy Stardust rating to a 15. ...Ah, it was really a 15 all along, if you couldn't tell by that huge paragraph I originally had explaining why I could only give it a 14. ...Also Station to Station is a clear 14, and it's not as good as Ziggy Stardust.

--M.L.

May 26, 2009

New Reviews:

Neil Young: Road Rock Vol. 1 (2000) 10/15
The Rolling Stones: Rarities 1971-2003 (2005) 9/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Duran Duran: Pop Trash (2000) 11/15
David Bowie: Young Americans (1975) 10/15

Phew! I went a little nuts yesterday! ...Two of those were double albums!

--M.L.

May 25, 2009

New Reviews:

The Rolling Stones: Live Licks (2004) 11/15
Neil Young: Silver & Gold (2000) 10/15
David Bowie: David Live (1974) 8/15

Rewritten Review:

Duran Duran: Medazzaland (1997) 10/15

Looks like I'm starting to get back into the swing of things! And it won't be too long before you'll start to see Genesis and Led Zeppelin pop up on my queue!

--M.L.

See the previous journal entries!