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 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 20 years old, so I’ll be digging up an eclectic mix of tunes from 1997 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 1970-1997.
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.
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul” - Unknown
“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
Everybody knows Pearl Jam's epic debut album Ten, their slightly underrated follow-up Vs, and their critically acclaimed third album Vitalogy, but not many people realize that their 4th album No Code is just as good as any of those aforementioned classics.
In fact, a lot of people wrongly point to this album as the moment when Pearl Jam started to slide into their late 90s/early 2000s era of mediocrity, but I couldn't disagree more. More-so than any other Pearl Jam album, No Code feels like the most unified and personal listening experience in their entire catalog for yours truly. It's an introspective, meditative, and reflective album, and although it doesn't have any major "hits" on it, that's somewhat part of the appeal. The lack of "hits" is also probably why this album gets significantly less attention/praise than their prior 3, but that just contributes to it sounding like something special for me personally. It feels like "my" Pearl Jam album, since everyone and their mother loves their first 3, this one feels more personal and close to my heart. It's just got a certain feel/vibe to it that is really perfect for chilly and dreary Spring (or perhaps more aptly Autumn) days, hiking alone in the woods, kind of getting lost within yourself and the music.
Objectively speaking, is this album better than their first 3? Probably not, but subjectively speaking, it's no less their equal in my eyes.
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