31. “Imitation of Life,” R.E.M.

R.E.M. on My Shuffled Life
Michael Stipe dancing in the Toronto rain. (Photo courtesy Reuters.)

May 17, 2001 was a grey, drizzly day in Toronto. I remember that because I can photographically recall the weather on any day in my life. Okay, that’s not remotely true. I remember the weather because that was the day R.E.M. played a free outdoor show at Yonge and Dundas, promoting their new album Reveal, and it was a beautiful, wet thing. Continue reading

Sort-of Review: Foo Fighters: July 8, 2015

After the Foo Fighters show last night, Dave Grohl’s walking boot asked me if he could contribute a few words to my blog. I’ve never had a guest writer here, but I made an exception for it. It’s Swedish, just so you know. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Continue reading

24. “The Audience is Listening,” Steve Vai

Steve Vai, Passion and Warfare on My Shuffled Life

I think it was around this time, the summer of 1990, that I started to realize my musical tastes were different from most people’s. It seemed natural to me, though. It’s like when you’re six and you like something because you like it, not because your friends or the cool kids or famous people or the media told you to like it. It just speaks to you. Which is why, that summer, while vacationing in Florida, I could fall in love with both this manic tribute to guitar virtuosity and teenage rebellion AND Mariah Carey. Continue reading

22. “Feel it Again,” Honeymoon Suite

Remember CDs? Not all that long ago, they were everything. The compact disc was the ultimate format for storing and playing sound recordings. Smaller and more convenient than cumbersome vinyl, which had gone the way of the velociraptor at that point, and more reliable and durable than cassettes. And the sound quality? Forget about it. It was supposed to be pristine, like there was a tiny little band playing live right inside your ear. Continue reading

Top 7 Black Crowes Songs That Evoke Memories

This blog is all about songs that evoke memories. So, in honour of The Black Crowes officially breaking up this week, these are not necessarily my favourite Crowes songs, but the ones that most vividly evoke memories. And I’m going to say I’d bet this breakup doesn’t last forever. This isn’t the first time Chris and Rich Robinson have butted heads, and they always come back to each other. Brothers will be brothers. Continue reading