Category: Music

Constants in Consistency: My Relationship with Rustic Overtones.

My right foot is numb. I just spent a half hour watching clips of Rustic Overtones on YouTube. I should have picked a better way to sit before I started watching a couple of old Bill Withers’ clips before seeing what the old internet had for Rustic clips. No really, my right foot is dead ...

Thunderclaps of the Truth: a review of My Morning Jacket at the Mann Center in Philadelphia (8/23/11)

Jim James rocks a duster! There is a gorilla on drums! After last night’s show at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, I’m sold- My Morning Jacket are the truth. They are the next great American rock band. For a hot minute, I thought that band might be Kings of Leon- but they seem to be ...

Bring It On Home: the music will help.

Due to a shocking and unbelievable turn of events, I had to head back to Philadelphia earlier than expected. It was hot and by mid-morning, the temperature had already risen to 90 degrees and I still not seen Joe Paterno. It had been less than twenty-four hours since I had arrived in State College and ...

The Best Laid Plans Will Be Aided By Beer Specials…a review of Black Landlord, live at Johnny Brenda’s.

If you’re a band, I ask of you only one thing- own it. Black Landlord, a funk/hip hop band from Philly, owned it Saturday night. Kim and I caught whiff of their show at Johnny Brenda’s earlier in the evening while running through events associated with Philadelphia Beer Week. We had wanted to get back ...

Bullet Proof in San Diego.

Bruce Springsteen has a song off of “The Rising” called “Waiting on a Sunny Day.” It is too easy for me to say it’s amazing song- because it is. It’s simple and beautiful, bright and sweet. I love it. Yet I don’t just love it for the reasons just listed. I love it because of ...

Kick out the Jams: a Mix Tape retrospective

For the most part, they are all gone. There were probably over a hundred of them. Could of been more, but a lot of them, they had been re-used. White out changed everything. Mix tapes. Not hip hop mix tapes (although there were literally mix tapes made of hip hop,) but straight up mix tapes- ...

Ryno-approved bands for next year’s Super Bowl halftime show

All morning I've been singing a song I thought was the Black Eyed Peas, but turns out it was Usher. It doesn't matter. No, no, no, no. The moral of this story is not that bad songs get stuck in your head. It's that bad halftime acts at the Super Bowl get stuck in your ...

A Table for Two: the story of me and my drums.

The story of my drums would start with the burning of my old drums. My old drums were an old set of Slingerland drums and I had gotten them around high school graduation. They replaced my first set- a well worn Maxx drum set I had bought for $400 at Portland Percussion one winter early ...