Over the past 12 months, this site has commemorated numerous albums from 1994, partly because that's what you do now when a pop culture work turns 20, but mainly because 1994 was an astounding year…   Read Story »
Vitalogy was the dividing line between one understanding of Pearl Jam, the version that made them famous, and a different one. There are lots of schisms and permutations within the Pearl Jam fanbase.…   Read Story »
You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, kill off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free The opening verse of the title track from Tom Petty's 1994…   Read Story »
Funny thing about suicide: It's not a mystery to be solved. When someone you know, or someone you admire, takes her own life, there's always a temptation to rifle through your memories of that…   Read Story »
Every now and then, a band releases a collection of B-sides and outtakes and otherwise semi-available material that transcends the notion of an artist emptying the vaults to buy a bit of time between…   Read Story »
The Cranberries and I go way back. All the way, in fact, to those kinds of memories that linger (yeah, I know) with no distinct images, but more so just some kind of visceral, unknown connection. I…   Read Story »
"A good part of Ween's philosophy is 'Fuck you,' you know? Any good band, that should comprise a bit of the message." -- Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) When opening the jewel case of the…   Read Story »
There aren't a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.'s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of '80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they…   Read Story »
When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne's songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with…   Read Story »
What I remember most is two deranged geekboys drumming on each other's helmets. There was so much to love about Arcade Fire in 2004, but the image of Richard Peed Parry and Will Butler frantically…   Read Story »