Celebrating three years of Hokeyblogging and why not? or: “It has a meter that is tricky…”

Put on your party hats and goat-skin leggings, guys and gals, because we’re celebrating today! That’s right! We’re talking Hokeyblog’s third birthday — three years ago today, we went live with an album review of Beatles For Sale, which got the attention of absolutely nobody, given that I had zero promotion, SEO, Q-rating, Alexa ranking,…

Race Review: 2015 Lifetime Miami Marathon (1/25/2015), or: “I wanna make this journey last…”

OK, so sometimes I shouldn’t be so quick to judgment. Or rather, dig deep enough and you’ll find gold in them there hills. Or maybe even, sometimes the stars align and something’s rising or something else is in retrograde and blablabla is in the seventh house and OK I’ll get to my point now: I…

Yet another tedious mid-flight photo op, or: “Climb on the back and we’ll go for a ride in the sky…”

It’s not like I enjoy doing these posts, except for the fact that I do, so I’m a big fat freakin’ fibber. Anyway, I’m midflight coming back from Boston, so I thought I’d share my usual flight pics because I’m still busy basking in the afterglow of the BAA Half Marathon and coalescing my thoughts…

Album Review: “Press To Play” — Paul McCartney (1986)

If there’s one word I’d use to describe Paul McCartney’s 1986 album Press To Play, it would probably end up being ‘homogenized’. Let’s take a fourth-dimensional step thataway and appraise where Sir Paul was standing by the mid-1980s. The Wings era was long since gone, even more of a cultural relic than anything he ever…

Album Review: “Wings Over America” — Wings (1976)

To look at Wings Over America objectively requires one to place themselves in the post-Beatles/contemporary-Wings mindset of Paul McCartney in the mid 1970s. To wit: the 1970s breakup of The Beatles was ostensibly the result of Paul announcing he was leaving the band in April of 1970 — despite the fact that, by most reports,…

Film/Album Review: “Give My Regards To Broad Street” — Paul McCartney (1984)

This is a first for me. In a rare display of vertical integration in such a heretofore wholly insular blog such as this, I have decided to do a Two-For-Tuesday review (albeit one published on a Wednesday, and written in pieces over several days). Ahh… remember when Two-For-Tuesday was a big deal on AOR radio?…

Album Review: “Pipes Of Peace” — Paul McCartney (1983)

I’m not going to get too long-winded here. Sadly, this album’s just not worth that much discussion. So Tug of War was a BIG commercial success, and almost begrudgingly a critical one as well (even with the barbs tossed his way for the rather pedantic “Ebony and Ivory” single). So Macca’s got some momentum again, and to…

Album Review: “McCartney II” — Paul McCartney (1980)

There’s a few ways you can approach Paul McCartney’s 1980 album McCartney II. Was it the sequel to McCartney, his first solo LP released 10 years prior? Without question. It features Paul in a truly solo environment: no Wings, just a smidge of Linda here and there, him playing all instruments on the album, and noodling…

Album Review: “Back To The Egg” — Wings (1979)

Holy crap… Back To The Egg is the first McCartney/Wings album that actually sounds fresh and contemporary; it was so named as it was Paul’s attempt to “get back” to his rock roots. With Joe English and Jimmy McCullough gone (McCullough would sadly die from a heroin overdose in September 1979), he recruited guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve…

Album Review: “London Town” — Paul McCartney & Wings (1978)

London Town represents the first Wings album to drop after their banner 1976 year. A hugely successful North American tour brought Paul back before American audiences to great acclaim, and the live album that was released at the end of the year also garnered big sales and (begrudgingly) critical praise. OK sure, the previous studio release Wings At…