Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw

Paw was one of those bands that should have broke through to the mainstream but never did. It’s hard to figure out why they didn’t, especially after one hears their 1993 album Dragline. The music on Dragline is not easy to classify. You could call it grunge or metal. Considering they’re from Lawrence, Kansas, you could maybe call them “Heartland Grunge.” Paw were in a … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw

Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

Chicago’s Macabre know a lot about serial killers. Want proof? Listen to their 1993 album Sinister Slaughter. Macabre are what can be called the death-grind equivalent of They Might Be Giants. Except, where They Might Be Giants occasionally sing songs about math, science and history, Macabre dedicate almost their entire songography to the topics of serial murderers, spree killers and mass murderers. The fact they … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20

What do you get when you mix science fiction and westerns with a Japanese spin? You get Trigun. It’s the tale of Vash the Stampede, a not-so-lone gunman on the planet Gunsmoke, who has taken a vow to never kill anyone. Vash aimlessly wanders through the first half of the series and then, in the second half, finds himself in, not a life-and-death struggle for … Continue reading Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20

Stone Temple Pilots’ album Core turns 25

I would be remiss not to mention that this is also the 25th anniversary of Stone Temple Pilots’ Core album. This album launched them into the mainstream. Critics who heard it accused them of being Pearl Jam ripoffs, though I simply don’t hear what they’re talking about. I guess millions of fans also agreed with me, considering they continued to buy their albums after Core. … Continue reading Stone Temple Pilots’ album Core turns 25