• Musical criticism and commentary

    Family Guy’s Music…

    NSFW Warning – this article contains offensive language. Nearly 20 years ago, the first episode of Family Guy aired. That fact alone boggles the mind. I have seen every single episode several times, which makes me wonder if perhaps I need to rethink my life. From the antics of Peter Griffin, to the, err, antics of Stewie and Brian, Family Guy really shows what society has become – a cesspool of bad jokes and rehashed pop cultural references. Alright, alright, cheap shot – there are many reasons to love Family Guy. But perhaps one of the best reasons to love Family Guy – the music! Family Guy ‘s music, appearing…

  • Playlists

    Speaking of Bad Music – True Love Waits…

    Yesterday, I gave you all permission to listen to bad music. Some might call this a clever way to justify my love for Kelly Clarkson’s music. Other’s might say this was not clever at all! – just an excuse….but I digress. As many of you know, I grew up listening to a lot of Christian music – a genre chock full of bad music, that we have actual categories of bad music based on themes in Christian music. One category in particular, the “true love waits” category feels ripe for a bad music playlist. Wait – true love waits? Isn’t that a Radiohead song? Well, yes, but before Thom Yorke…

  • Playlists

    The Chill Pill Playlist…

    When I was a teen, “take a chill pill” was a common lexicon. Circa 1992, if someone said this to you, a) they were probably annoyed and/or aggravated with you, and b) you probably needed to mellow out. As an adult, I recognize more than ever that sometimes we need to take a chill pill. Sometimes we need to just check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.. We need to relax, close our eyes, and listen to some mellow music. I can’t help you with the relax and close your eyes part – that’s on you. I can, however, help you with the mellow music! This playlist – if you haven’t…

  • Playlists

    Punk Rawk Covers!

    Yesterday, I gave you an essay about Punk Covers. I talked about how the genre of punk rock (or rawk, if you prefer), lends itself to the concept of a cover. I gave several examples of punk rawk covers as well! It only feels natural to take those examples, and give you, my readers, a punk rawk covers playlist.  This playlist will, of course, include the songs I mention in yesterdays article. This article will also explore other punk covers as well. Songs that follow the points I made yesterday, but for one reason or another, were not mentioned in the article even so. For the second time in a…