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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.

Mars Volta

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I think perhaps that Mars Volta is the new Pink Floyd. Not Wall-era Floyd or even Dark Side-era Floyd, but Meddle-era, Live at Pompeii-era Floyd. They’re like Floyd when they were pushing the limits, not once they had perfected the craft (Dark Side) or fallen into decline (The Wall). The question then is this: Will the Mars Volta take the… Read more »

No Idea Records

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No Idea Records is the coolest label out there right now if you like vinyl. Their biggest thing is Hot Water Music, but they have a stable of interesting and innovative punk and indie bands that stand head and shoulders above the sad facsimile that so much of punk is today. As if the music isn’t reason enought to love… Read more »

A sense of history…

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I was watching the movie Ray with my wife the other night (by the way, Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles, it’s amazing) and there’s a scene where Ahmet Ertegun gives Ray Charles his song, “Mess Around.” It’s in G, he says and Ray starts to play in G. Ahmet says, “No. More Pete Johnson” and Ray starts playing boogie woogie… Read more »

Yikes!

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Maybe I spoke too soon…it’s…gulp….growing on me…maybe I should turn it off… Avoid “Give Your Body Up to the Music” on that Larry Levan CD unless you want to admit there is…uhhh…(whispering) good disco…

Bright Eyes Part 2

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Okay, I listened to Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. I was under the impression that this was Oberst’s stab at electronica, but I was wrong. Yeah, there are a lot of electronic elements (drum machines, etc), but Digital Ash is closer to I’m Wide Awake or Lifted than it is to electronica. It lacks the subtle layering that makes… Read more »

New Bright Eyes Album

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There’s a lot of hype surrounding the new dual-release from Bright Eyes and some of it is well-deserved. I bought both, but so far I’ve only listened to I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. If writing songs that are strong enough and emotional and poetic enough to get away with not being able to sing is the mark of the next… Read more »

The Beatles versus the Rolling Stones

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Here’s something I wrote for my wife when she was fighting off some idiotic Stones lovers at work a year or so ago. I said in my “Satisfaction” post that I’d address why I don’t think the Stones are all that, so I thought rather than rewrite it, I’d just steal old material from myself. Ask yourself this question: If… Read more »

Missed Hits 2004

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Each year (this year and last year anyway), I make a comp CD of the best stuff I heard that year that most people probably didn’t. I pass it around to a few friends and that sort of thing. Anyway, here’s the 2004 list. Maybe I’ll post the 2003 list another time. By the way, this is stuff I heard… Read more »

Satisfaction

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I suppose it’s odd that my first post should be about a song that I’ve put significant effort into slamming over the years, but it’s what’s on my mind now, so it’s what I’m gonna write about. I’ve never bought into the idea of the Stones’ “Satisfaction” being a really great song (much like I don’t buy into the Stones… Read more »