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About bobvinyl

bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

7 Seconds Show Part 1: How mediocrity makes punk exceptional…

I hadn’t seen a show since the Subhumans back on Election Day, so I was pretty psyched to see 7 Seconds at the Ottobar last night. After all, they were a really important band to me for years (I bought the Crew 20 years ago). Kill Your Idols, Champion and the Sparks also played and while I wasn’t as excited… Read more »

Nirvana, the one-hit wonder…

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Okay, so it wasn’t just one hit, but you get the point. Nirvana released three studio albums before Kurt Cobain was killed (yeah, they say he committed suicide, but I like to leave the conspiracy possibilities open). The first, Bleach, was a solid, raw and immature punk-leaning grunge album. Tracks like “Blew” and “Negative Creep” are good examples of grunge,… Read more »

Green Day are just “Shoplifters”…

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Rhapsody has a new non-album Green Day track called “Shoplifter.” I checked it out the other day, because I’ve been fairly pleased with what I’ve heard of American Idiot. I was listening casually and I noticed something familiar about it. It sounds a lot like the Clash’s “Bankrobber.” I listened more closely to see if they had really ripped the… Read more »


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For anyone who hasn’t checked it out, Rhapsody is well worth the $9.95 a month. They have over 50,000 albums from over 30,000 artists (with new stuff added almost daily) all at the beck and call of your internet connection. Their collection is eclectic, ranging from classical to salsa to jazz to rock to pop to punk to metal to… Read more »

The best country music is made for rock fans…

Over the past few years, I’ve developed an increasing interest in country music. Not the stuff coming out of Nashville these days. Not Faith Hill or Shania Twain or any of the the other big Nashville names that amount to little more than pop with a twang. I went back to when country music was really country. The Carter Family… Read more »

Kimya Dawson

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I love Kimya Dawson. I know, in a technical sense, she has almost no talent. She’s a simple songwriter and a terrible singer. But she’s charming. And she’s honest. She doesn’t try to be too deep or too serious, but she achieves a level of seriousness even through silliness. She taps something with her amateurish little songs that often escapes… Read more »


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The day before yesterday, I listened to the new Judas Priest album, Angel of Retribution. As far as reunion albums go, it’s okay. It’s clearly a Priest album, but it doesn’t break new ground and it pales in comparison to their output between Hell Bent for Leather and Defenders of the Faith (to be sure, I stopped in the middle… Read more »