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...And Justice For All
Metallica …And Justice for All, 1988

Probably the most influential record in my life, Metallica’s …And Justice for All leads off this (hopefully) recurring new segment on Retrotigo.

I don’t remember much about how my love and interest in Metallica initially began, but I can remember an intense desire to want to hear them. The Eye Of The Beholder cassette single was my first introduction to the band.

Growing up, we would always go to a mall near Christmas as a family to do shopping for each other. I always looked forward to it. In 1988, my sister and I went off together and wound up in a record store. The cassette singles were close to the door and I remember seeing the iconic Metallica logo on the wall. I ponied up for it without reservation.

Eye of the Beholder
Metallica Eye Of The Beholder – Cassette Single, 1988

My thoughts after first listen? I didn’t like it very much. Eye Of The Beholder didn’t sound like what I thought Metallica would sound like in my head. The B-side, Breadfan, was a cover, which I didn’t realize until many years later.

Though it didn’t initially grab me, I kept listening to that single until I could get a copy of the full record on cassette. This is where things gets blurry, as my cousin was feeding me their other releases around the same time. …And Justice for All ruled them all, however.

So how did …And Justice for All shape my life? Well, it was the gateway to my metal life, which would consume me throughout middle and high school. It has a production quality to it that remains unique to this day, which helps take me back to those days every time I hear a song from it. It was the record I air drummed to every night, and was the initial inspiration for my desire to play drums.

I don’t listen to …And Justice for All much these days, but I don’t really need to. I’m pretty sure it’s ingrained in every fiber of my being at this point. It’s a record I can recite almost by heart at any time. It’s helped me through high school angst, and has been a way of release when I just need to hammer out some beats.

November 22, 2018

Not Dead Yet

Posted in Music, Travel

Phile Collins

M and I were in Minneapolis last weekend to see Phil Collins at Target Center. Tickets went on sale while we were on our honeymoon, so I had been preparing for this show for over five months. I’m happy to say Phil did not disappoint.

Without sounding too melodramatic, this show was a near religious experience. I was a little irritated before the show started. I’m getting crotchety in my old age, and I hate trying to navigate the mass of people at events like this. Once the lights went down and the music started, all that washed away and I actually became a little emotional. For the next couple of hours, I was in the House of Collins. Just look at this setlist:

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
Another Day in Paradise
I Missed Again
Hang in Long Enough
Throwing It All Away (Genesis song)
Follow You Follow Me (Genesis song)
Can’t Turn Back the Years
Who Said I Would
Separate Lives
You’ll Be in My Heart
Drum Trio
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
You Know What I Mean
In the Air Tonight
You Can’t Hurry Love
Dance Into the Light
Invisible Touch (Genesis song)
Easy Lover

Take Me Home

The only song I wished he would have played that I know he still plays was “Don’t Lose My Number.” If I could hear any song from his deeper cuts, it would have been “I Cannot Believe It’s True.” Three Genesis songs more than made up for those two omissions, however.

Not Dead Yet

October 25, 2018

All Them Witches

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I like browsing Google Play Music these days for new music. One of my latest finds is All Them Witches. They’re a little too stoner psychedelic at times, but I’m liking their overall sound on this record.

October 16, 2018

February Musings

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Wandering Star
I’m in a bit of aimless state this month. Painting has left my immediate headspace. I’m not playing many board games. I’m not really focused on much of anything other than the wedding and my buddy moving back to the area. I know big things are on the horizon, so maybe my brain is just waiting for those things to come. The next few months are going to be excitingly crazy, and this may just be the calm before the storm.

Getting in gear
While my personal interests have cooled, I’ve been focused on trying to get this weight off of me. I still suck at giving in to comfort (fast) food, but I’m snacking less and walking more. I’ve seen a steady decrease in weight since January, so I’m pleased in general with how I’m progressing. Now that we’re on the back end of winter, I’ve been able to get out around the neighborhood more. My goal is at least 8,000 steps a day.

Record shopping
Stepping inside Euclid Records last month really sparked a feeling I hadn’t felt in a long time. I’m mostly entirely digital when it comes to buying and listening to music, so there hasn’t been much need to step inside a physical record store. Now that I have, I want more. I’ve had a tradition of record shopping on my birthday for about 20 years now. While I don’t always do it religiously on my actual birth day, I think this year I’ll make a trip down to Record Exchange. I’d also like to get a turntable up and running in the house.

Tour 3 update
Well, the worst has happened: the former site of Tour 3 is currently under development. Of course it is. It’s been dormant (or farmed) for the last nine years, but I get interested in it and it gets bought for some boring warehouse complex (I think). I was really hoping to get there in spring to get a few close up shots of the water hole, but the water hole is completely gone now. At least I have pictures from last fall to work from.

February 15, 2018

And now…Genesis

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I suppose it had to come to this: I’m now into Genesis. I know, I know. My obsessions get the better of me. Like Phil Collins though, there is a lot of fantastic material I’ve been missing out on since I was a kid.

Right now, I’m focusing on Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), and Genesis (1983). These three records are pretty much my go-tos when I want to listen to Genesis. While I plan to go way back at some point, I’m content to hang out with these early 80s gems for a little while.

Here’s one of my favorites from Duke:

Here’s one from Abacab:

And finally, one from Genesis:

February 15, 2018