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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Just in Time for Rex Manning Day: Custom Empire Records Buttons Like Debra Makes


Happy New Year! (Hey, it's still January!) So, you've finally taken down the Christmas lights and the Festivus Pole and are already tired of the end cap displays at every store telling you that your SO needs that questionable box of chocolate on Valentine's Day? Well, intrepid holiday celebrant, you mustn't despair. You can't! Because now you can be ready weeks, even months early for the most important holiday of the year: Rex Manning Day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Ramones are Dead. Long Live The Ramones!


In early 2012, I wrote about a tumblr which featured the stirring, artistic re-imaginings of album covers after members of the band had passed on to join the Great Gig in the Sky. The album cover which struck the loudest chord with me was the Ramones' 1976 debut, with only Tommy Ramone remaining against that iconic New York City brick wall. On July 11th of this year, we lost Tommy Ramone. The second thing I thought of upon hearing the news was; would the duo behind LIVE! (I See Dead People) come out of retirement to complete the piece. They did.