Will this become a Why It Matters tradition? Probably not, but last year’s obligatory Christmas playlist overlooked the strange obsession that the glam rockers had with the holiday. I don’t pretend to […]
One of my to-dos for 2013 is a follow-up to Keep On Stomping: A Why It Matters Chapbook. With sales bordering on double digits it’s obvious that upwards of three people might […]
The trunk of my grandfather’s Buick Riviera boat tail held two cases of Budweiser and still had room for Jimmy Hoffa. “I couldn’t buy any goddamned Coors this side of the Mississippi […]
If you are over forty you know this album, you just don’t know it. Thanks to assists from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks this album went top ten in the […]
The Dead’s Saturday night set is long and noodly, which I reckon is what Deadheads like. I’ve always heard that the band didn’t think too much of it, though, and that’s why […]
Once upon a time there was a great band composed of four friends who could barely play their instruments but wrote great songs about growing up. In 1980 they compiled these songs […]
Remarkably few songs have been written about drive-in restaurants. Go figure — I’d think somebody could knock one out while waiting for a chili cheese-a-plenty. But they haven’t, and I’m hellbent on […]
I know it’s fashionable to claim a lifetime hatred for U2, but let’s be honest: If everyone always hated them how did they take over the world?
This is a cool album that I picked up on a whim. Yeah, you got me: It was the cover.
Mountain was a big band named for their big guitarist, Leslie West. Sometimes considered precursors to heavy metal, the band was hard and bluesy. It’s a damned shame that their entire catalog […]