Archive for January, 2011

Ash is one of those bands that everyone should know but most don’t and that is a shame.  Hailing from Ireland the band formed in 1992 as a 3-piece.  They eventually toured with Weezer and felt limited by the number and added Charlotte to flesh out their sound.  Like any broad she eventually became a […]

A-Z, 1-2-3: ZZ Top

Posted: 19th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed
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” Who are these old geezers?”  Shame on you if that was your reaction when you first gazed upon that image to the left.  Theses guys from Texas have been rocking longer than most of us have been alive.  Not to mention they have some sweet beards.  Well, except for the guy whose last name […]

A-Z, 1-2-3: Yaz

Posted: 17th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed
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Take one half of Erasure and add a vixen with a sultry voice and you have Yaz (or Yazoo in the UK). Between Depeche Mode and Erasure Vince Clarke killed time with Alison Moyet crafting catchy pop gems. Only You In My Room Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I?)

A-Z, 1-2-3: The XX

Posted: 13th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed

I knew this A-Z thing wouldn’t be easy but hen I hit the letter X I hit a wall.  The only band I had on my hard drive was X-Ecutioners.  Where did that even come from?!  Luckily I had have a hipster pal who I used to work with (and still live with) to help […]

A-Z, 1-2-3: Weezer

Posted: 10th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed

I am running late in posting this so no time for my blathering. Just enjoy my fave tunes from Weezer. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here You Gave Your Love To Me Softly Perfect Situation

A-Z, 1-2-3: Violent Femmes

Posted: 7th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed
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A few things happen to most of us in High School.  Awkwardness, puberty, a propensity to write bad poetry in an attempt to be “deep” and breaking away from Top 40 to find your own music.  I would wager that “Blister in the Sun” was the first song I heard from them but it really […]

A-Z, 1-2-3: The Urge

Posted: 6th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed
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I saw The Urge open for 311 at some point in the mid-90s and liked them enough to buy their records.  I don’t think about them too much these days but the opening guitar in “Brainless” still gets me. Brainless – The opening track from “Receiving the Gift of Flavor” their 5th album and the […]

The Empire Podcast: 1-5-11

Posted: 6th January 2011 by ed in Ed, Podcasts
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Last night we covered movies, sports, food and the loss of Begley and Doug.  Pretty much a typical podcast aside from that last part… Oh, and my roomie Pad made his debut.PS -We cut it a little short to go play Goldeneye. Sorry.

A-Z, 1-2-3: Too Much Joy

Posted: 5th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed

I really would like to post this blog today so I will make a quick statement about Too Much Joy… I LOVE THIS BAND! There, I said it.  I could write for hours about why I love this band.  I will put it simply. They write perfect Power-Pop songs that have smart, clever lyrics with […]

A-Z, 1-2-3: Sugar

Posted: 4th January 2011 by ed in Blogs, Ed

Any indie music fan worth their salt knows the name Hüsker Dü.  Hailing from Minnesota (of all places) the band is credited as being a huge influence in alt music.  I can’t say that I was, or am, too into them but I certainly enjoy the work of member Bob Mould.  Bob put out a […]