metalliaca

In which the neophyte will enjoy a concise history of Metallica on the occasion of the band’s new release, which (at times) rocks one’s bollucks

Today Metallica released their tenth studio album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. At least two people alive now were not alive when the previous album, Death Magnetic, came out eight years ago. One of them is my daughter. The other is my other daughter. Both of them can read now (more or less) and both are being subjected…

Multiple Ones

One of my favorite bands of all time is U2. One of my other favorite bands of all time is Metallica. One of my favorite rock singers of all time is Chris Cornell. (Many know him as That Guy From Soundgarden, but he’s also That Guy From Audiosoave, where ((Audioslave = (Rage Against the Machine)…

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Lions, Priests, Paramedics, Oh My

A workboot pushes a shovel into earth. The blade lifts dirt over the grave digger’s shoulder. Dust falls on his white t-shirt, dissolves in sweat under his collar. He leans the shovel against the side of the hole. Smears his forearm against his brow. He blinks, distracted by beeps from a vehicle in reverse. He…

penguin

Penguin Classics and the downfall of modern literacy.

I’ve been a bookseller for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of books come and go. There are some great ones out there. And there are some not so great ones. The really great ones last tens, twenties, thirties of years. Hundreds of years. Sometimes thousands. The ones that are not so good…well they fade away.…

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A Curious Case of Failure

The mid-1990s had little to offer in the way of quality, lasting rock music. Just a few short years after grunge had exploded the entire genre, the 90s offered up a long, dead period of time during which everyone sorted through debris while trying to figure out what to do next. This was because, by…

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I’ll be darned… rock ain’t dead yet.

Here is a band of children who are surely not old enough to vote in this country (although they are not from this country) and might not even be old enough to drive, either. Yet they seem to have figured out how to rock a good little bit. Thank goodness for them. It gives the…

Gruhak++in+Roxy+Dubrovnik

The best Croatian rock band you’ve never heard of.

People often ask me, they ask, “Walt, what is the best Croatian rock band I don’t even know about? Sometimes I rattle off a couple of names, just to appease them. Or toy with them. Or make them go away. But when I come across someone who is serious about getting to the bottom of…