Album Review: The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger (Plus Track Rankings)

Album reviews are for “new-to-me” albums that I’m experiencing and digesting for the first time. For eleven years, the Raconteurs were absent from musical relevance. While their official hiatus wasn’t announced until 2011, their last album, Consolers of the Lonely, was released in 2008 and saw them slowly fade from the limelight. They spent a goodContinue reading “Album Review: The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger (Plus Track Rankings)”

17 Covers That Are Better Than the Original

Covers are often unnecessary and, frankly, not good. In general, I tend to dislike cover songs unless 1) the original song had potential, but was not great (easiest type of cover, especially if you suck, or just want to do a straight-forward cover), 2) the covering artist has something to offer that’s new and differentContinue reading “17 Covers That Are Better Than the Original”

“Silvergun Superman” – Stone Temple Pilots

I don’t want to say that I’ve ever written off STP as a second-rate, post-grunge, Nirvana re-hashing wannabe. BUT, I have found their music to be pretty redundant in the grunge scene. However, this song popped up on my Pandora, and not even my Soundgarden radio station (which has really opened my eyes up toContinue reading ““Silvergun Superman” – Stone Temple Pilots”

Why Soundgarden Is The Best Grunge Band of All-Time

If you’ve come for a history lesson or empirical-based data sheet, you’re in the wrong place. The only facts here are pure, honest-to-God music and lyrics. That is the only “data” I have. So let’s get to it! First, let me point out what will be obvious to you if you already love Soundgarden/Audioslave/Chris Cornell’sContinue reading “Why Soundgarden Is The Best Grunge Band of All-Time”

“House of the Rising Sun” White Buffalo

One of my favorite covers, I heard this song in Sons of Anarchy. I was blown away by the powerful rendition of the Animals’ classic 60s tune. The vocals are gritty and haunting, the music is eerie and folky, but edgy as well, and the stripped-down style still lends itself to the original’s basic arrangement.Continue reading ““House of the Rising Sun” White Buffalo”