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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan: "All you need is a dollar and a dream."

18 April 2018

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (2010)

I’m late to the party as usual, checking out Janelle Monáe concept album The ArchAndroid eight years after everybody else. I’m used to getting sci-fi concept albums in rock, but you know what? This works. I love how she’s reinterpreting Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and making it her own.

Covert art for "The Archandroid" (2010) by Janelle Monáe

27 March 2018

Demon: “The Plague” (1983)

If you’re into melodic or progressive metal, and you haven’t listened to The Plague, you’ve missed out.

09 March 2018

Judas Priest: “Firepower” (2018)

Judas Priest’s 18th studio album is a solid effort with a few standout tracks and a flamboyant cover.

06 March 2018

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge has been making the rounds on Mastodon. Here are my answers.

24 January 2018

Elder - Reflections of a Floating World

Here’s another excellent album I found on Spotify: Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. Check it out if you like long, heavy progressive rock jams.

20 July 2017

An Essential Prog Rock Playlist

I grew up listening to prog, and I still listen to it, so naturally I’m interested in David Weigel’s new book, The Show That Never Ends.