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 - Sublime - 40oz to Freedom




With the arrival of the summer solstice, today marks the official beginning of summer.  There are several albums that I associate with summertime, but perhaps none more-so than Sublime's debut 40oz to Freedom.  That now iconic psychedelic album cover is the perfect representation of summer for me.  It suggests oppressive heat and all the decadence and hedonism that I've always associated with the season.  Partying, playing, celebrating, drinking, drugs, sex, adventure, freedom, love, depression, sleeping late, basically all the things I fancied during my teenage years and early 20s.  Truth be told, I never fully embraced the spirit/sound of this album until I found my own little slice of freedom and happiness in San Francisco back in 04 and particularly 05.  SF is a decidedly anti-Sublime city, both in attitude and weather, but it was California nonetheless, and there were occasional warm days at the surrounding beaches, so there were definitely times when this album fit like a glove.  It's been the soundtrack to some great times in my life, and although I'm older now, whenever the mercury tops the 80 degree mark this album is absolutely essential listening for yours truly, and always brings a smile to my face.  And even though this album has a tossed-off feel to it, and features a whopping 6 covers, the music here is all excellently raw, infectious, often danceable, and always wickedly groovy.  Most importantly, the music is pure, real, and fun.  It's a celebration of the hard-partying, distinctly So-Cal ska/punk lifestyle in the early 90s, and all the love and strife that goes along with that.  I think a lot of people can relate to that vibe. I certainly can.  The music makes it almost impossible not to, at least for me. There's a lot of beauty to be found here in the music, moments of pure bliss mixed in with all the dub-tastic beats. A lot of good memories for me.

Anyway, you get the point, in spite of this albums "flaws" (excessive covers, lack of critical acclaim, etc) 40oz of Freedom is an album that overflows with heart and soul.  It will always be one of my all-time favorite summer albums, and really one of my all-time favorite albums period.

Cheers to the summer solstice and Sublime.

R.I.P. Bradley.

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