Old Gloria-Tennis Ball

I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times over the last six months I’ve wished I had a dog. Spending weeks on end in solitude just doesn’t seem as bad with a four-legged companion. Sure, I have a cat, but she’s seventeen and even as a youngster wasn’t much for playtime and certainly didn’t go for long walks. And cuddling? Forget it. She’d … Continue reading Old Gloria-Tennis Ball

Mooner-The Alternate Universe Of Love

If you are still ignorant of the band Mooner, do not try to pin that on me. I checked, and Mooner (as well as their associated acts) have been featured on the pages of this site seven times. Perhaps fewer than they deserve, but certainly enough to avoid any claims that I haven’t been trying to tell you. For my money, Mooner is one of … Continue reading Mooner-The Alternate Universe Of Love

Gloom Balloon-So Bergman Uses Bach To Get His Point Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But At What A Cost

Every Gloom Balloon release is a cause for celebration. Whether it’s a single or an album, there is something intrinsically heartening in knowing Patrick Tape-Fleming is out there making music. More than any other musician, I feel like his songs speak directly to me. Be it our close proximity in age and midwest upbringing, or just a case of being caught in the same cultural … Continue reading Gloom Balloon-So Bergman Uses Bach To Get His Point Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But At What A Cost

Jean-Baptiste “Rain”

I received a very short and polite email ten days ago from a rapper who goes by the name Jean-Baptiste. He stated that he considers “Rain” to be a fight song, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m keeping this post brief, but don’t think for a second I don’t love this track. After a super 70’s vibe to kick off “Rain,” Jean-Baptiste spits bars that … Continue reading Jean-Baptiste “Rain”