Graveyard And What They Meant To Me

Graveyard Band

By now most of you have already heard that Graveyard has decided to call it a day. Yes, it’s a sad day, a dark day and the end of an era. I want to take a moment to write about the band and what they mean to me.

I used to listen to a lot of radio rock back in the day. I had my favorites such as the old Seattle Continue reading

Random Thoughts

Here’s a little something I thought I’d try differently. Some random thoughts from my mind.

Recently my friend Bucky asked a question on a group on Facebook asking “What was the album as a child that got you into music?” The question sparked quite the conversation. What was yours? For me, my first album was Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. It was on a picture disc LP. I played the hell out of that thing. The first album I bought for myself though was Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction album on cassette tape.  Continue reading

Best of 2015; Rock Releases

Top 25 2015

2015 is gone. 2016 is now here. 2015 provided us some great tunes. Some great music hit our ears and sooth our souls. There were some expected albums on my list as well as some unexpected surprises. Overall I was very pleased with what was released. As usual though, I didn’t have nearly enough time to listen to as much as I would have liked. First world problems, I know. I was disappointed in The Sword’s new one as were a lot of others. That seemed to be an album that you either really liked or hated. There didn’t seem to be much middle ground there.  Continue reading

Best of 2015; Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions 2015

While there were some many great albums released in 2015, there were a lot more that I couldn’t quite fit into my year end best list. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t any good and are well worth mentioning. I know there are bound to be a few that I missed, my fault for not keeping better track of them throughout the year. Going though my collection, here is best of the rest that I listened to in 2015 in no particular order. Don’t forget to also check out my Top 25 of 15 and my non rock lists. Continue reading

Top 25 Albums of 2014

Top 25 2014

Well 2014 has been a great year for new music. Of course I say that every year but it’s true every year too.

First I’ll start off my list with my honorable mentions. I’ve listened to a lot of albums this year and liked quite a few. It would be an injustice to NOT give these bands a mention. After all, it’s only fair. They did write, record, and publish these fine works of art. As I was going through this list, I realized that I listened to a lot more than I thought I did. I’m probably going to (unintentionally) leave out some really good ones. I also haven’t heard all there is that was released this year. Albums by both Monster Magnet and John Garcia went unheard by these ears as well as the new Alunah album (which will be getting my full attention soon). If you’re curious as to each band, click on the album name to go to either the album on Bandcamp or a video from a song on the album. I hope there’s a few hidden gems on here you discover. Leave a comment below if there is and let me know what you think.

Honorable Mentions:

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Wake And Bake; Heavy Glow & Hash Brown Skillet

Wake n Bake

There’s a kick ass blog called Stoner Rock BBQ. What they do there is make up some killer food on the grill with a tasty cold beer. It’s one of those sites that packs on the calories just by reading the site. This article is a little homage to them.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I love breakfast, it’s one of those meals that I can eat at any time of the day. What I’m making today is a hash brown skillet while listening to Heavy Glow’s Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine. It’s a pretty common meal and what I love about it is Continue reading

RIP Riez

It’s weird how when you hear about someone’s passing that oftentimes it makes you think about the important people in your life. Yesterday I learned of the passing of a man known as Riez Stoner. You may or may not know him but since you’re reading this, he has impacted your life unknowingly.

I’m not going to lie and tell you he was my best friend. In all honestly, I never met the man and given geographical locations, I likely never would have. Through technology, the internet has brought together many people of every race, religion and creed. Through social media platforms, we have taken the old fashioned pen pal formula and put a modern spin on it. Having the ability to communicate with people throughout the world with a click of a button has opened up and begun many friendships. It is through these platforms that I had my first interaction with Riez. It was through his blog as well as the old Sludge Swamp that I first got to know him. Later it was through Facebook chats as well as his posts he would make. We chatted briefly a few times. Riez was a music fan who loved all types of stoner rock music. He had a knack for finding a ton of new and cool music. A lot of those findings I would later pass on to those that follow what I do. Riez wasn’t the main reason I do what I do but he was a contributing factor.

One more thing before I sign off, take the time to tell those close to you how you feel about them. That friend or family member you keep telling yourself to call, stop telling and do it. Hug your loved ones a little bit tighter, and tell them you love them. Those friends that you’re close to, tell them how much you appreciate them.

Brother Riez, wherever you are, you’ve had a big influence on me, for that I thank you. May you rest in peace.

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Kurt Cobain and Nirvana; 20 Years Later

Kurt Cobain

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. Regardless of what one may think of him or Nirvana, there is no denying the impact the man had on music.

Back when I was still discovering the type of music I liked, I had settled upon heavy metal. My favorite bands to listen to were Guns and Roses and Motley Crüe followed Continue reading