Out With the Lightning, in With the Sea: Rock and Roll and Mascots From Nature

by Merry Mercurial Metallica rides it; AC/DC's partial to its throaty echo. It formed the storm that damn near killed Stillwater. Its name is Lightning, Angry Scribble of the Skies, and it's probably the manifestation of nature most closely associated with rock music--and probably because, the mythos goes, it is just so sexy dangerous. In …

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Catchy Without the Catch: Album Review (sorta) of Kota by Taylor Hawkins

by Merry Mercurial Here's where, if I were trying to be objective, I’d disclaim the ways in which I love Taylor Hawkins. Which aren’t heroically complex. Drums for Foo Fighters. Before that, drummed for Alanis Morrisette. Before that, tranquility and ecstasy fell in lust and spawned, and yall that lovechild was he; it was Taylor. …

The Godz Don’t Care What You Think: A Review of Third Testament

by Merry Mercurial No, the Godz don’t care. Making ’em fun to review. This series of posts will cover every major overture of the New York band the Godz, from the glory ESP-Records days of Contact High to the discography of the resuscitated lords on low post 2007. In no particular order. Case in point: …