March 29, 2021

Tunes Past To Present Has Moved

I’ve been hosting my blog, Tunes Past To Present, on Medium. While it’s a fine platform, the restrictions on readers makes it difficult for my audience to read what they want. That might make sense when trying to monetize the site through their community but it’s not helping me to connect with others. So, I’m going to move the content here and leave breadcrumbs on […]

July 16, 2021

The Heartless Bastards Are Back with Three New Songs

It’s been a while since we heard from the Heartless Bastards. Their last album was in 2015, which is far enough in the past to assume they were defunct. Then, out of nowhere, in 2020 came a new single “Revolution”. Another one came out in early 2021 and now a brand-new single just this week. The new song “Photograph” came packaged with the other two […]

July 13, 2021

New Songs (for Me At Least) The Week of July 11, 2021

We are back into a cycle of singles again. Throughout May and into June we saw one great (or not so great) album after another bounding out onto the new music scene. These albums cut across genres, sometimes multiple genres, and included new and old artists. Whew. Since then, new album releases have slowed down to a less frenetic pace. Singles releases, on the other […]

July 8, 2021

The Color of the Sky in Lightning Bug’s World

When I first heard of Lightning Bug, it was described as shoegaze. Shoegaze hasn’t been a force in music for more than 30 years. That made for an odd classification. Unless they were purposefully retro, the shoegaze shouldn’t fit. Yet, a quick listen to 2019’s October Sky suggested someone knew what they were talking about when they were deciding which bucket Lightning Bug belonged in. […]

June 22, 2021

Cola Boyy Premiers with an Unusual Album

The artist Cola Boyy (whose real name is Matthew Urango) has been described as a combination of disco and soft rock. After listening to his lead off album, Prosthetic Boombox, I find that description perplexing. It seems as if the critics (or marketing) people tasked with writing about Cola Boyy’s work have never experienced real disco. To use the term “disco” in the context of […]

June 14, 2021

Sleater-Kinney Path to Wellness is Boring for Us

So, after a month of constant new music and reviews, I took a week off from new posts. It’s summer and there is much partying to do. As such, my batteries were completely recharged when the new Sleater-Kinney album, Path to Wellness, dropped this week. Unfortunately, their path to wellness is our road to dullsville. The album lacks any of the energy we come to […]

May 19, 2021

St. Vincent Transports Us Back To The 70s

I think of myself as a child of the 70s, musically at least. My formative music years began in the 1970s as a pre-teen and then teenager. While I was predominantly into progressive rock and then golden age punk and new wave, I feel all manner of 70s music in my bones. So, apparently, does Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent. Her new album Daddy’s Home […]

May 12, 2021

PONY up to TV Baby

I don’t consider myself a music critic. Instead, I’m more of a aficionado who loves rock and pop so much that he wants to share what he hears with friends. As such, unless there is an extraordinary reason to keep people away from an album or song (such as the last Yes album) I try to keep it positive. I would rather tell my audience […]

April 30, 2021

Turn Up That Dial! It’s More Dropkick Murphys

Today saw the release of the new album from the celt punk band, The Dropkick Murphys. Formed in Boston in the wake of the celt punk explosion following the first Pogues albums, the Dropkick Murphys have a bit of The Clash in them but still follow time honored celt punk traditions. Unlike other celt punk bands, such as Black 47, the Dropkick Murphys have a […]