Edward Ka-Spel

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Omotai's Terrestrial Grief Shows Daring Steps Towards Masterpiece.

    Even though Omotai is always on the list of Houston's top metal acts, this is the first time I've really had the opportunity to check them out. Seeing as how their live prowess is always shouted from the rooftops, I was curious how that energy translated into their first full-length and oft-delayed ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Happy Saturnalia! 5 Songs for the Original Holidays

    Why do we celebrate the birth of Christ in December? There's no solid date on the actual birth date of Jesus, but you have to pick a day. Why that one? Well, a lot of it has to do with the festival of Saturnalia, which begins today. Saturnalia was one of the most widespread holidays in the Roman em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Aliens Welcome: A Playlist for World UFO Day

    Having grown up on Unsolved Mysteries and Time-Life books... as well as being completely ignorant of organized religion, my head is full of a thousand examples of Fortean phenomena, unexplainable happenings, and tales of a eldritch and incomprehensible world that gnaws at the edge of reality like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    From Beyond: A Excellent 9-Minute Year

    Once upon a time I fell in love with a band called Thunderkunt... because they were called Thunderkunt. What can I say? I am a man of simple pleasures. Sadly, that band didn't quite hold its center, and from its decaying orbit send it slowly onto the sun rises From Beyond, helmed by former Kunters ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Illegal Wiretaps: Jesus, What Have They Done?

    I was first introduced to the Illegal Wiretaps when they graced the electronic pages of my What's in a Name? feature. I didn't know how really to describe them then, and I still don't really know now. Electronica is a safe term, as is experimental. Nonetheless, these are by definition vague genres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Sing While You May: The Top 10 Best Songs of Edward Ka-Spel

    ​There is no more brilliant musician and lyricist than Edward Ka-Spel, the leader of the Legendary Pink Dots who turns 58 years old today. Ka-Spel has appeared on something like 50 albums in his lifetime, with the Dots, solo, and with cEvin Key in Tear Garden. His songs dance the lines between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    4 Songs About the Frozen Head of Walt Disney

    ZliKiSm​45 years ago one of the men who shaped the world in his image forever passed on. Walt Disney, innovator, animator, and imaginer, lost the battle with lung cancer. Disney left behind him a legacy of theme parks, cartoons, musicals, technological marvels and an institution of family ente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Ten Rejected Glee Episodes

    Fox​It seems like Glee can make any song, no matter how trite, terrible, or just inappropriate for singing by high-school-age children into a runaway smash pop hit. However, Rocks Off would like to hypothesize that there are artists that are beyond even Fox's ability to mold into mainstream. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 27, 2009

    Sounds of the Universe

    Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.

  • Music

    November 27, 2008

    Turkey Trot

    Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Aftermath: Legendary Pink Dots at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jef With One F It’s always amazing and refreshing to see an audience as fervent for its minstrels as Houston is for the Legendary Pink Dots. There are no hangers-back – as soon as the band quietly makes its way onto the stage, there is a Jonestown-like lemming march to the front, ever ... More >>