If there’s anything more pathetic than a 55-year-old boomer trying to write a blog about Recovery and heavy psych/stoner/doom, it’s only posting a handful of times per year. To add to the pathos, I have about 12 posts I’ve started but not finished, as if I’m waiting to write the perfect observation about Black Yoga […]Read More Mid-Week Quickie: Holy Grove II
The cool thing about becoming aware of heavy metal in 1975 was not only the great new stuff coming out, but the whole backlog dating back 5 years. Getting turned on to a band meant 5 or so back-catalog albums to explore. Oh, and a lot of bands released a new album every year! Each […]Read More King Buffalo: Longing to be the Mountain
I have a diagnosis of PTSD. I don’t agree with the diagnosis, but I have had two highly skilled therapists confirm it. The thing is, I’ve treated members of the armed services and first responders who had true, no kidding PTSD. I feel that my diagnosis somehow belittles theirs, and for that reason and that […]Read More Yob: Our Raw Heart
You seriously have to appreciate any day that begins with the unexpected, the improbable, the unbelievable. For fans of All Things Heavy, that just happened this morning. 4/20/2018 will go down in Stoner/Doom history. After getting hit and pummeled in popular media and culture, The Sciences are back, baby. And The Sciences have some heavy […]Read More Sleep’s Holy Shit!
When I was 14 years old, my parents had a party. I remember one of the guests coming up and telling me I should go for a walk because I have too much energy to just sit around. Her name was Buff, and that night began my informal training in the Art of the Wise, […]Read More My Paganism
Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions evil? Probably not. I just happened to disagree with just about everything he does, thinks, says, or writes. That doesn’t make him evil, even if it is currently fashionable to demonize people one disagrees with. Is United States drug policy evil? Absolutely! And before you think I’m about to go […]Read More Is Jeff Sessions Evil?
So, about this recovery thing… When I first started this blog a year ago, I was nearing the completion of my Masters in Addiction Studies. I figured that a graduate degree, along with 24 years of long-term recovery qualified me to make some observations about recovery. Most of my observations were pretty critical: the cult […]Read More About that recovery…
My musical gratitude list for 2017Read More Doomsgiving 2017
Originally posted on Doom Charts:
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables) Autumn has begun, steadily building its strength for the annual reckoning of Summer. October brings transition, in the color of trees, the chilled weather, a thickening wardrobe. Samhain has come…
Originally posted on Head-Banger Reviews:
Of all the oddities that I’ve come across in my long, never-ending journey of becoming a full-fledged metalhead there’s one thing that I prize above all else: albums that consist of one song. I don’t mean a standalone single or mere 7″ promotional piece. I’m talking about extremely long-winded albums…