Tuesday, June 23, 2020


  1. Metallica, "Enter Sandman"
  2. Nine Inch Nails, "Head Like a Hole"
  3. Anthrax and Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise"
  4. Faith No More, "Falling to Pieces"
  5. Rob Zombie, "Dragula"
  6. Sepultura, "Ratamahatta"
  7. Motörhead and Girlschool, "Please Don't Touch"
  8. Living Colour, "Cult of Personality"
  9. Pearl Jam, "Animal"
  10. L7, "Pretend We're Dead"
  11. Queens of the Stone Age, "No One Knows"
  12. Danzig, "Mother"
  13. Pantera, "Cat Scratch Fever"
  14. Deftones, "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)"
  15. Alice Cooper, "Poison"
  16. King's X, "It's Love"
  17. Rage Against the Machine, "Killing in the Name"
  18. Shakira, "Nothing Else Matters/Despedida"
For MLC.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Planet of the Wolves

Planet of the Wolves

  1. Mastodon, "The Wolf is Loose"
  2. Guitar Wolf, "Planet of the Wolves"
  3. Ozzy Osbourne, "Bark at the Moon"
  4. X, "Hungry Wolf"
  5. The Cramps, "I Was a Teenage Werewolf"
  6. High on Fire, "Speedwolf"
  7. Motörhead featuring Michael Palin, "The Wolf"
  8. Misery Index, "Fed to the Wolves"
  9. Metallica, "Of Wolf and Man"
  10. Converge, "Lonewolves"
  11. The Dillinger Escape Plan, "Sunshine the Werewolf"
  12. Hole, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  13. Ramones, "Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La)"
  14. Local H, "Wolf Like Me"
  15. Amon Amarth, "Father of the Wolf"
  16. Rancid, "The Wolf"
  17. The Hu Band, "Wolf Totem"
  18. Megadeth, "She-Wolf"
  19.  Queens of the Stone Age, "Someone's in the Wolf"
  20. Danzig, "Killer Wolf"
For KIP.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"Lights, please"

  1. Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis"
  2. The Waitresses, "Christmas Wrapping"
  3. Vince Guaraldi Trio, "Christmas Time is Here"
  4. Big Star, "Jesus Christ"
  5. Donny Hathaway, "This Christmas"
  6. Eels, "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas"
  7. The Pogues, "Fairytale of New York"
  8. Otis Redding, "Merry Christmas Baby"
  9. Joni Mitchell, "River"
  10. Harry Nilsson, "Remember (Christmas)"
  11. Elvis Presley, "Blue Christmas"
  12. John Prine, "Christmas in Prison"
  13. The Pretenders, "2000 Miles"
  14. The Tall Pines, "Christmas Morning Coming Down"
  15. Local H, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
  16. The Kinks, "Father Christmas"
  17. Jackson 5, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"
  18. Wham!, "Last Christmas"
  19. Bob Dylan, "Here Comes Santa Claus"
  20. Tom Waits, "Christmas Card from a Hooker In Minneapolis"
  21. Sinéad O'Connor, "Silent Night"
  22. Ramones, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)"
  23. Morphine, "Sexy Christmas Baby Mine"
  24. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Deck the Halls"
For RAB.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

No Lives Matter

No Lives Matter

  1. Black Flag, "Rise Above"
  2. Bikini Kill, "Double Dare Ya"
  3. Anthrax and Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise"
  4. Living Colour, "Cult of Personality"
  5. Sepultura, "Refuse/Resist"
  6. Suicidal Tendencies, "Send Me Your Money"
  7. Ministry, "Thieves"
  8. Time Zone, "World Destruction"
  9. Nine Inch Nails, "The Hand That Feeds"
  10. Saul Williams, "List of Demands (Reparations)"
  11. Discharge, "Protest and Survive"
  12. Bad Brains, "Banned in D.C."
  13.  Faith No More, "War Pigs"
  14. Motörhead, "God Save the Queen"
  15. Body Count, "No Lives Matter"
  16. Revocation, "Pestilence Reigns"
  17. A Tribe Called Quest, "We the People..."
  18. Rage Against the Machine, "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
  19. Sinéad O'Connor, "Black Boys on Mopeds"
  20. David Bowie and Trent Reznor, "I'm Afraid of Americans"

For DMS.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Pace That Kills

A Pace That Kills
  1. Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, "Run Devil Run"
  2. Van Halen, "Runnin' with the Devil"
  3. The Replacements, "Run It"
  4. Converge, "Runaway"
  5. The Modern Lovers, "Roadrunnner"
  6. Django Reinhardt, "Runnin' Wild"
  7. Elvis Presley, "Run On"
  8. Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run"
  9. The Coasters, "Run Red Run"
  10. Daikaiju, "Laser Runner"
  11. Le Tigre, "Let's Run"
  12. Bo Diddley, "Road Runner"
  13. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Run Through the Jungle"
  14. Sly & the Family Stone, "Runnin' Away"
  15. Tom Petty, "Runnin' Down a Dream"
  16. Link Wray & the Wraymen, "Run Chicken Run"
  17. The Velvet Underground, "Run Run Run"
  18. Kyuss, "Freedom Run"
  19. Curtis Mayfield, "Little Child Runnin' Wild"
  20. Pink Floyd, "Run Like Hell"
  21. The Pharcyde, "Runnin'"
  22. Iron Maiden, "Run to the Hills"
For ALN.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Big Star, "Nature Boy"

Bill hired me as an after school tutor, and I was desperate to leave a good first impression. I shaved and dressed business casual for my first meeting with Mr. Gerstel. Imagine being greeted at the door by a man with purple hair, dice earrings and one of the wildest rockabilly outfits I'd ever seen.

He was like a character from a great movie or record sleeve who'd dropped into life. His hospitality was unmatched (he'd have a glass of water for me every day, even when I forgot to ask for one), as was his focus and discipline as a parent (he stayed involved in Sawyer's lessons and progress in a way that was compassionate but never smothering). What a pleasure to see him bring that grace and skill to his performances with the Emily Duff Band at Rodeo Bar. He introduced me to some of the coolest people I know, Robin and Sawyer among them, and dazzled me with stories that I tell friends to this day. I think some of my friends don't believe such a cool rock dad existed. I almost can't believe it myself.

People often comment on Bill's style, which reminds me of a John Lydon quote--"People want Johnny Rotten in punk regalia, but what they've got to know is, it's all punk regalia if I'm wearing it." Bill could rock any piece of apparel just by being Bill. Much as we all enjoyed his attire, I don't know anyone who could pull it off with the warmth and class that Bill did. His outfits were colorful, primarily because he was the one in them.

The school year ended, and Bill was my reference for my next teaching job. He called me after I'd been hired to congratulate me, but added something more important. "The woman I spoke with had some concerns about you, because you didn't always look her in the eye," he told me. "I told her it was because you're a little shy and that you didn't mean any disrespect, and she understood. But not everybody's going to understand that, so just be aware of it in the future." That was Bill.

Thank you, Bill, my noble friend.