It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year

It wasn't all badIn a lot of ways, 2017 was a year of controversy, turmoil, destruction, and devastation. I don’t even need to add any links because I know you know what I’m talking about. Although there’s plenty of reason to drag your feet and hang your head as you enter a new year after one that brought pain almost every week, there were also plenty of events that redeemed society through encouraging acts of kindness, rising star power, and positive social change, and these were also exhibited in various ways through music. Today we’re focusing on the fuller half of the glass and reflecting on the great music events that lit up the stage instead of the land.

While there were some major events that brought people together and took the big issues of the day head-on, others were simply there to provide some small form of escapist joy in this recurringly depressing world, and we can use all these examples to spring ourselves forward into a better 2018. Scroll below and take a look through the year of hilarious stage antics, huge wins for underdogs, and more. Continue reading “It Wasn’t All Bad! Part I – Going into 2018 remembering the brighter side of a bad year”

2017 Album Releases – Coma Collective’s Notable Picks

2017 albumsAmong the massive hoard of amazing albums that came out this year, more than a few stood out as noteworthy mentions. In a year packed with releases from industry veterans and up-and-comers alike, below is a handful of Coma’s top picks for 2017 releases (in no particular order that has anything to do with rank). Continue reading “2017 Album Releases – Coma Collective’s Notable Picks”

As You Were – Liam Gallagher Album Review

liam-gallagher-as-you-were-release-date-1498231032I’ve always had a bit of an ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ opinion of Liam Gallagher. He just seems like such a miserable prick who doesn’t understand how to interact with the world in any way other than being a complete asshole. Granted, because of this I haven’t exactly followed his career very closely, so maybe he’s had some redeeming things to say about someone somewhere, although I’m not too confident in that possibility. Here’s a fun read detailing a long list of insults he’s dished out to undeserving (and in many cases, more talented) musicians over the years, including the likes of Kieth Richards, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan. And of course, then there’s the historic feud he’s kept up with older brother and former band mate Noel Gallagher since presumably the exact second he was born. My favorite (or favourite if I’m gonna’ be all British about it) example of Liam’s Noel-bullying was when he bailed on an MTV Unplugged performance an hour before they went on and proceeded to drunkenly heckle the band from the balcony.

Despite these and a hundred other reasons not to give a single manky crumpet for the guy, I finally found something positive to say (he also seems to hate America, although I guess I don’t entirely blame him for that one). Liam’s new album, As You Were, is actually pretty great (*caugh* *hack* *dryheave* *gasp for air* Ugh, there, I said it).  Continue reading “As You Were – Liam Gallagher Album Review”