Oatmeal Reviews

Quaker “Cocoa and Sea Salt” Oatmeal – I am not sure what exactly Quaker was going for here, but this is Weirdo-Town. Water from the tea kettle immediately becomes brown, and the taste and smell recall watered-down vending machine hot chocolate and a soggy granola bar. D+ Quaker “Cinnamon and Spice” Oatmeal – As a […]

Music and Food Reviews In Brief – Brittany Howard, Mac DeMarco, BOSS, Quorn

Brittany Howard/Jaime – This album sits at that rare intersection where raw talent, creativity, and conviction meet. Sometimes that happens. I am embarrassingly unacquainted with Alabama Shakes, but Howard appears to be in the same league as Prince or Sly Stone. And she has excellent taste in guitars, playing a beautiful Pelham blue Gibson SG […]

Gabriel Alexander Revüe/Not a Second Time

I have always liked this song. With its sort of amped-up Everly Brothers vibe, “Not a Second Time” is a fine example of early Beatlemania. Although it has been covered by Robert Palmer, the Pretenders, and others “Not a Second Time” has never reached the point of over-saturation. I thought this one would be a […]

Review – Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Guitar (or Bass) Overdrive Pedal

The Hot Wax combines two other Electro-Harmonix overdrive pedals (which I incidentally have never used) – the Crayon and the Hot Tubes – into one medium-sized pedal. Each pedal can be used independently, or they can be “stacked” with the Crayon doing its thing before the Hot Tubes does its thing. The Crayon side is […]

Guitar pedal reviews – TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 (reverb), Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 (more reverb), Electro-Harmonix Soul Food (overdrive)

TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 – Considering how many features this pedal has I have very little to say about it. 50 years ago mankind went to the moon with probably less computing power than the DSP chip in this red box, yet this red box cannot realistically simulate the sound of one of […]

Reviews – PJ Masks/Heroes Forever, Digitech Ventura Vibe, Simply “High Pulp” Orange Juice

PJ Masks/Heroes Forever (2019) – Anyone who has a five year old child, teaches primary students, or have walked through the Target toy section recently is likely somewhat familiar with PJ Masks, the three school children who transform into crime-fighting superheroes at night. Before any of my peers say “What? They have an album?” I […]