Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rest in Peace... Christopher Lee

Legendary actor, consummate on-screen villain, and lest we forget, his most recent foray into heavy metal. He truly did it his way.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Happy Anniversary: Deep Purple In Rock Turns 45 Today

On June 3rd, 1970 Deep Purple In Rock was unleashed. It was the band's fourth studio album and fifth overall in just under two years. It was the first studio release for the legendary Mk II line up (the live Concerto for Group and Orchestra was released just six months prior, but that's another song) and despite not receiving the lion's share of post-2K resurgent popularity which their peers have, Deep Purple In Rock stands monumentally as an icon of first generation hard rock and a blue print of the future for the genre of heavy metal.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Take Five" on Solo Accordion Because, Reasons

Sometimes, an accordion rendition of the jazz standard is just what you need to hear to put a smile on your face. Props to Stanislav Samuel Ra┼íka for this performance. You do have to hand it to YouTuber Stanislav, as the majority of his accordion variations are classical pieces. And "Crazy Frog". So clearly this is a expansion of his musical boundaries, and in a very positive direction indeed.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rex Manning Day at 20: The Holiday and the People Who Celebrate It

"Mark" by Tim Beard

It was 20 years ago today, that Rex Manning got his Day. April 8th, 1995 was the day portrayed in the movie Empire Records as the first Rex Manning Day. How do we know this? It's right there in the movie! While most of you probably knew that, it was very interesting to see so many people on social media today asking, "what is #RexManningDay?" Even more interesting though, were the new and clever ways the Rex Manning faithful have upped their game to celebrate the day where we mustn't despair!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Checking In To The Morrison Hotel

45 years ago today, The Doors released Morrison Hotel, what many considered at the time to be a comeback album. Featuring songs recorded over several years and released as the follow up to 1969's The Soft Parade, the album featured the radio staple "Roadhouse Blues" along with 10 other Doors' classics. Come inside and check out how the exterior featured on the album cover looks today, and find out how another Los Angeles-born band is filling in a missing piece of the Hotel legacy.