Roundtable: Van Halen’s ‘Balance’ LP 25 Years Later

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Van Halen's final studio album with Sammy Hagar at the helm, the uneven Balance, which was released January 24, 1995. Though it wasn't clear at the time, the band was falling apart from the inside out, which had quite a bit to do with the mess laid down on... Continue Reading →

Talking ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis at 25 on Indie617

Those Gallagher brothers will never give up the ridiculousness. Today, Noel released his latest EP under the High Flying Birds moniker, This Is the Place. That's exactly one week after his younger sibling Liam dropped a heavily promoted sophomore solo LP, Why Me? Why Not. Now they're battling it out for the attention of fans... Continue Reading →

Talking ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at 40

June 15 marks the 40th anniversary of Joy Division's first full-length LP, Unknown Pleasures, and today I was a guest on Indie617's Morning Glory with Michael Marotta to sit down and talk about it. The two of us discussed a variety of the record's aspects, from the iconic cover to the fresh and "futuristic" sound... Continue Reading →

‘There’s No Ending When We Die’

It was 1994 and the majority of my musical diet consisted of mostly everything my grandparents wouldn't be into. If it didn't involve a pit, encouragement to jump on and launch myself off a stage in a concert setting, I was likely spinning it less regularly. The songs that would emanate from my upstairs bedroom... Continue Reading →

Exit BlackBranch MC, Enter MickChrysalis

As of today, my new Twitter handle is @mickchrysalis. This puts the final nail in the Black Branch Moonlight/BlackBranchMC social media casket I've been using for years. I stopped feeling it long ago and kept with it out of habit, waiting to redo it with something that fit...better I suppose. So where did this one... Continue Reading →

Needs More Skulls [V.I]

One of the descriptors of this blog is, "Skulls." It's meant kind of tongue in cheek but kind of not. I get asked all the time, "What's the deal with you and skulls?" The answer is a pretty simple one. Basically, the skulls I have around and tattooed on me are a reminder of how... Continue Reading →

No, This is Not Normal

[Re-post from my Facebook dated 21 January 17] I’m ashamed for not speaking up in a public forum until now, but have decided to do something about it, hopefully beginning the slow march toward a bit of personal redemption. Typically I keep my political leanings close to the vest, choosing not to engage with anyone... Continue Reading →

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