Albums of the Year – 2016 – Part 2

Let’s get right into 12-7, shall we? 12. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial This band had me at “I’m so sick of, fill in the blank”.  This sounds like just the type of thing to cleanse the lacquer sheen off of pop music.  It’s the Ramones if they had written songs over 3…

Albums of the Year – 2016 – Part 1

This has been an incredible and eventful year for music.  We’ve lost several superstars including one of the greatest musical personalities of all time in David Bowie.  In positive news, my childhood hero, Sting, has come back to the pop music scene after a decade in the lute filled wilderness.  Out of nowhere, Iggy Pop’s…

Foals – Metronome Festival, Prague, June 26, 2016

I have just wrapped up one of the best weekends of my life.  Two great musical acts played literally in my back yard and I was able to take my kids, both under the age of 10, to see them for free.  And we freaking pogoed! In case you missed my previous post, Saturday’s show…

Iggy Pop – Metronome Festival, Prague, June 25, 2016

The Little NH’s, my nephew and I hit Iggy Pop at the Metronome festival in Prague last night.  It was quite possibly one of the highlights of my dadhood to this point.  There’s nothing that compares to seeing your own offspring digging one of your hobbies (obsessions) as much or more than you do.  NH…

The Sorta Ultimate Budget Turntable Setup

  As I sit listening through my record collection, I take time to contemplate how I got here. Of course, the most important part is loving music.  Vinyl is an obsessive, fun, and slightly dangerous hobby.  However, of all of the things I could be doing at 42 that are obsessive, fun and dangerous, this…

Gorillaz – ‘Demon Days’ Vinyl Review

The news of all of the recent deaths of rock ‘n rollers has had me examining my own mortality lately.  It’s also made me try to not get too caught up in the daily badness that confronts me at the office.  Of course, my favorite way to sort things out at the end of the…

Albums of the Year – 2015 – Part 2

Here it is.  Part deux.  Big year.  This is the part of the list where it gets real.  Do people still say that?  Well, they do here.  Or, as I’d say in a work e-mail, “Please see below:” Craig Finn – Faith In The Future The studio sent a car to collect me When the…

Albums of the Year – 2015 – Part 1

I haven’t done an album of the year post in a couple of years.  In fact, I’ve mostly given up blogging for the last couple of years.  However, a recent road trip to Germany compelled me to compile a list this year.  The fact is, it was an exceptionally good year for music.  Lots of…

Lightning Review: My Morning Jacket – “The Waterfall”

I just put this on my turntable after listening to a particularly electronic album.  I can only stay up so late so I did record two of the double album and I can tell you that it’s incredible.  It sounds like it could have been recorded in 1977.  There’s something very AM about it.  It…

Ryan Adams at The Royal Albert Hall, London 03-19-13

Sometimes you just get really lucky.  I mean really lucky.  Tuesday night was one of those nights for me.  I had planned to be in London for a work conference and had to make it a quick trip.  London is a great place to travel for work and to stay longer than the absolute minimum…

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at Obecní dům, Prague 01-12-13

Glenn Miller’s iconic “In the Mood” is not normally thought of as a song that would make you get choked up.  However, on Saturday night, it did just that. After flailing around for a Christmas gift for Little NH, I happened on tickets to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Prague.  The show was Little…

Album of My Year: The Walkmen – “Heaven”

It’s pretty obvious that I’m getting old and lazy.  I used to post immense lists of albums at the end of the year.  In fact, in years past on another blog, I posted one review a day in the lead up to New Year’s Day.  This year, I’m only posting about one album as my…

Thunder Review: Elbow – Vinyl Box Set

I guess I was a good boy this year.  Mrs. NH got me the Elbow vinyl box set for Christmas.  She did so after I refused to stop talking about it.  I actually made the order.  But with her express consent.  So that’s a gift, right? Last night I got time to sit down and…

Two Hours of Windows 8

Conference calls about databases shouldn’t last until 9:00.  Last night mine did.  Immediately after I had a bowl of pasta while the Mrs. and I did our Christmas shopping on our 6 year old HP desktop.  It only took about 30-40 minutes to get most everything squared away.  That meant from about 9:40 until 11:40…