Welcome to Texacaliago

Texacaliago is the product of a music junkie with a compulsive need to write about what he loves, and share it with those with similar tastes. The name represents my 3 homes, haven grown up in Texas, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and my current sweet home Chicago.

Here you will find a virtual treasure trove of somewhat tossed-off (but also occasionally brilliant) album and concert reviews I have accumulated over the years. Although the majority of the reviews here are retrospective in nature, since I started writing freelance for Soundblab.com, I now make it a habit of reviewing new music on a fairly regular basis as well. So look for an equal mix of new retro and current album reviews appearing somewhat frequently throughout 2017 and beyond.

In addition to the library of reviews available here, I’m branching out a bit in 2017 by launching a Facebook page featuring a new “clip of the day” for entertainment purposes, based on the following schedule:

Sunday - Something New Sunday: Partly to prove that Texacaliago is not purely a nostalgia trip, and partly because there is actually a lot of good new music out there, Something New Sunday will showcase new tunes from 2017 or from the past year or two…I may also dig up some gems from earlier in the decade, but will try to keep the selections as current as possible.

Monday - Manic Monday: Monday’s are a grind, so why not listen to some metal/punk/sludge/industrial/hardcore/gangsta rap to make you feel better eh? If you like heavy music that hits hard, I’ll do my best to deliver you the disaffected goods every Monday.

Tuesday - Texacaliago Tuesday: Easily the most boring day of the week, every Tuesday I’ll share a recent or classic album or concert review direct from the site itself. Hooray for reading!

Wednesday - WTF Wednesday: Also known as “Weird Wednesday” (catchy right?) this is the day for all things peculiar, bizarre, perhaps amusing, or occasionally disturbing. Weird is good. We need more weird in this world, so I’ll try to keep you on your toes every Wednesday.

Thursday - Throwback Thursday: I think to qualify as a throwback, it’s gotta be at least 10 years old, so I’ll be digging up an eclectic mix of tunes from 2007 and back that aren’t particularly heavy (Monday has that covered) and not from the 60s (Saturday has that covered). Basically pulling from the near infinite pool of great music made from 1970-2007.

Friday - Funny Friday: It’s comic relief day! Classic and new stand-up, sketch comedy, movie clips, etc that will likely give you a good chuckle or two. Some real knee-slappers! Trust me, you’re gonna laugh.

Saturday - Sixties Saturday: The 60s were kind of the greatest decade in music am I right (with apologies to the 90s)? Dylan, Beatles, Hendrix, The Doors, Motown, etc. the possibilities are endless, much like the decade itself!

Texacaliago is an admittedly obscure and shoddily designed little site, but it’s also a necessary one to house my creative impulses (for better or worse). Perhaps this site can provide you with something to chew on at the most tedious moments of your day, or perhaps not, but whatever the case, it exists, so take from it what you will.

That said, if you do “like” what you see, feel free show your support via my recently launched Facebook page, which also features the aforementioned daily clips for your viewing pleasure.

Hope you enjoy, and cheers to music, and writing.

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music” – Albert Einstein

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A professional writer is an amateur writer who didn’t quit” – Richard Bach

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospect” – Anais Nin

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” – Ernest Hemmingway

Texacaliago Tuesday - Album of the Week - Soundgarden - Superunknown



Continuing with Chris Cornell tribute week, Superunknown was Soundgarden's finest hour, and really one of the best grunge albums of all-time.  I would go so far to say it is just as great as anything Pearl Jam ever put out, and I probably like it a hair better than In Utero for example.  And as great of a band as Alice In Chains were, they never put out an album as cohesive and fluid as this.  But perhaps those are apples to oranges comparisons, but whatever the case, Superunknown is a fantastic album, and it also happens to be a great summer album as well.  A great road-trip album if you're looking for something that packs a bit more of a punch than Led Zeppelin or Tom Petty for example.  This album reminds me of the more oppressive aspects of summertime.   I can remember as a kid watching the video for "Black Hole Sun" during the middle of summer in Texas, and it just went perfectly with the searing heat and somewhat despondent vibe of sweltering through the seemingly never ending West Texas summers.  "4th of July" is one of the doomiest and darkest "summer" songs you'll ever find, while songs like "My Wave" and the title track seem to have this proverbial exhilarating warm summer breeze flowing through them.  Lots of variety to be found here, an absolute classic album that captures Soundgarden at their artistic peak.

"If this isn't what you see
It doesn't make you blind
Yea, if this doesn't make you feel
It doesn't mean you've died

Where the river's high

If you don't want to be seen
Well you don't have to hide
And if you don't want to believe
Well you don't have to try to feel alive, yea

Alive in the superunknown
First it steals your mind and then it steals your

If this doesn't make you free
It doesn't mean you're tied
If this doesn't take you down
It doesn't mean you're high

If this doesn't make you smile
Yea, you don't have to cry
If this isn't making sense
Yea, it doesn't make it lies, oh

Alive in the superunknown
First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul, oh

Get yourself afraid
Get yourself alone
Get yourself contained
Get yourself control, control

First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul!"

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