90s

Music Review: Moon Pigeon: Self-titled EP

Space travel or aviation phenomena aside, Miami’s Moon Pigeon eschews the nomenclature’s ready-made cryptic allusion for a well-versed and thoroughly studied ’90s sound. There’s a lot proving here that hindsight is 20/20. For the members of the quartet, all veterans of South Florida’s music scene, this is a project that could only have evolved if […]

ALBUM REVIEWS — U2, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Idol

U2 – Songs of Innocence I was a huge fan of U2 when I was a youngster. All the way through high school I enjoyed their music. I didn’t rock out to it in the car every day, but I wasn’t changing the channel either. This all ended with the release of All That You Can’t […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Six

Today is Thursday – meaning I’ve been moved from my usual Sunday timeslot by the TuffGnarl.com overlords. I feel like a sitcom that’s either incredibly crappy or ahead of its time. I know for a fact which of those I’ve become but no pink slip has been slipped beneath the doors of digital perception. We’ll […]

LAST NIGHT’S JAM: Earth, Wind & Fire – October 15, 2014

Formed in 1969 by Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) has forged an identity for itself founded on their amalgamation of funk, jazz, Latin, African, R&B and soul influences that have adapted well over the years to varying social trends like disco and pop. White’s indelible touch on the outfit has been a calculated […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Four

I’ve been feeling ambivalent lately towards this little vanity project of mine. While it is nice to reminisce and talk some shit about music without worrying about deadlines and “clicks,” it is also a time-consuming endeavor that does nothing to pay my bills. A therapist once told me that I didn’t “follow through” with my […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Three

Some years go by okay, some don’t. This one’s three-quarters of the way in and it’s already been too much to take. Young people shouldn’t die young regardless of the circumstances. This past week we lost artist Edward Crowell II to a motorcycle accident and Tuffgnarl.com friend Orlando Sanchez to a heart attack, according to […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Two

The world is one glistening kaleidoscope of numbness. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow we’ll wake up and find out that the elephants have left us and not in some cute/clever way like the dolphins did in those Douglas Adams’ books. No, they’ll be gone because we never had the fortitude, the depth of scrotum, the spirit […]

SummerSlam 2014 Review: The Pay-Per-View We Deserved (*spoilers*)

Since Wrestlemania in April, there haven’t been any storylines that have culminated the way neither fans nor I thought they should. WWE consistently seemed to believe that fans had Alzheimer’s with the pumping out of watered down plots that held no real substance. Every year, SummerSlam is usually the turning point to set up for Royal […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-One

It’s funny how last week’s post, post number 40 didn’t bring on any thoughts on that age that I will be crashing into very soon. I’m thinking about it now at 41 because it feels more real. I hope that makes sense to you. As much sense as the gliding beauty and firmness of a […]

Return to Parts Unknown: A Farewell to the Ultimate Warrior

Rambunctious. Loose Cannon. Iconic. Whatever words you use to describe him, James Hellwig -better known as the Ultimate Warrior – was a larger than life personality both on and off camera. After 2 and a half years in smaller promotions and WCCW, Hellwig made it to WWF (now WWE). He debuted as Dingo Warrior in […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty

I’m really enjoying my Sunday mornings. As in, I slept in and according to a forensic analysis of my wallet, I apparently consumed 13 dollars’ worth of Burger King between 12:08 and 12:20 a.m. It’s beginning to look like the consumption of a St. Pauli Girl two-four throughout the day was potentially a bad idea. […]

The Couch vs. The Arena: Is Watching WWE Live Worth It?

  With the product that hits our TVs every Monday, Friday and once a month on a Sunday from WWE, there is a debate on whether or not it is worth attending live WWE events or just enjoying the show from the comfort of home. Recently, I attended Monday Night Raw live at the American Airlines Arena […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Nine

Hello. It’s Sunday. I took the morning off. Oh well. 641. Rhythm Collision – Pressure. I can’t think of a better example of what pop punk was in the ‘90s than this criminally underrated band’s debut album, Pressure. I had the pleasure of seeing them live in ’94 and they were nothing short of amazing. […]

Straight to the Main Event: An Ode to the Part Time Wrestler

Over the past decade or so, the world of professional wrestling has changed. It’s no longer the top of the mountain when you make it to WWE. Now, due to side ventures like WWE Studios, wrestlers have the ability to break out and become stars outside of the profession. Not all wrestlers have the acting […]