Category Archives: Music

All things related to music: reviews, concerts, birthdays, etc.

The Simpsons nailed it beyond my expectations

You know you’re doing something right/well when it really, really pisses off the object of ridicule. Sure, Morrissey is low-hanging fruit for my generation (Gen X) and he probably isn’t too well known by Mills and Gen Z, but he … Continue reading

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RIP Jim Steinman

I think only Meat Loaf fans were super familiar with Jim since he was the primary writer on Bat Out of Hell but his main speciality was ballads. Great examples are the two he authored for Bonnie Tyler: “Total Eclipse of … Continue reading

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1981: Weird Al Yankovic’s National debut on TV!

Almost forgot to bring this up before I go to bed,  courtesy of the Weird One himself via Twitter! I never saw the original airing because it was on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show which I think came on at 11:30 PM … Continue reading

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KMAG played its two point five millionth song

I forgot to even watch for this because so much other crap is going down and let’s face it, I’m jumpy about getting the second shot of Moderna. The stream hit the 2.5 million milestone but it didn’t go with … Continue reading

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Van Halen-themed hotel

Spotted this off Rainey Street but remembered to take a picture. Not exactly sure what the builders were thinking unless they were huge Van Halen fans. I can only imagine the construction workers laying down giant rolls of tape on … Continue reading

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Virtual SXSW underway

Last year it was cancelled (hooray!). This year they found a way to rip people off by making them pay probably outrageous amounts to “attend” via streaming and/or disappointing Zoom conferences. There’s a sucker born every minute, especially into believing … Continue reading

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RIP: Lou Ottens

Music fans throughout the decades have this man to thank for developing two major formats. His first was the cassette. Before them, tape was a reel-to-reel setup. Great quality for production and editing. Crappy for the average user: the machine … Continue reading

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KMAG Podcast not available on Spotify for hilarious reasons

A couple weeks ago, I noticed that I couldn’t find my podcast KMAG via Spotify and then I received an e-mail from a friend verifying this. The latter assured me I wasn’t a moron when it came to searching on … Continue reading

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Soon to be joining the Vanilla Ice dolls in a discount bin

Calling this a ‘toy’ or an ‘action figure’ is being generous since calling her shit recordings music (mumbling) is quite a stretch. But I like to give my posts proper classifications via the categories and tags, including those who are … Continue reading

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RIP: James White

No…you’re thinking of Jack White. This gentleman who passed away yesterday was the founder/owner of Austin’s Broken Spoke, a honky tonk started in the mid Sixties. Over the years, numerous famous performers came through: Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Asleep at … Continue reading

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Farewell Phil Spector

The debate over who’s responsible for the Wall of Sound Spector is credited for will go on forever yet he did contribute immensely to Popular Music. Phil comes more into play for my generation by working with the Ramones since … Continue reading

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What really happened when Bowie recorded “Warszawa”

 Hard to believe the Thin White Duke has been gone five years. For the fifth anniversary of his passing, I’m reposting this cartoon my friend Mark M sent me. It’s a comical take on the song Bowie wrote with … Continue reading

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My first attempt at digitizing vinyl worked out

I think Jennifer’s main gift went over well. It’s too soon to tell but I’m confident the middle present (in cost) was a success: Blue October’s latest release on two green vinyl disks. Why green not blue? No clue. As … Continue reading

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RIP Tony Lewis

Such sad news to see yesterday via Twitter because Tony performed in Austin last Summer. I didn’t go but I’m confident he did all the hits by the Outfield everybody loved and showcased he still had something left in the … Continue reading

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RIP: Eddie Van Halen

This year just won’t let up on the crappy news will it? However, in 2020’s defense, Eddie had been in poor health for some time given his years of hard drinking and drugs which was mandatory when Van Halen ruled … Continue reading

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RIP: Helen Reddy & Mac Davis

These two singers and actors were staples for me growing up in the Seventies. It’s a shame they’re both gone and on the same day. Helen was more like Vicki Lawrence for me, an actress that sang but it was … Continue reading

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Music Monday brought to you by…

This is a hard to find CD because anyone under 40 only streams and treats music as a disposable commodity. I’m definitely out of touch with what younger people like anyway, the only song I recognized was a cover of … Continue reading

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