Idle Chatter Archives

Veteran freelance journalist and VWMusic founder, Andrew Daly shares his love for all things music in this column, with a particular focus on KISS, guitar, drums, hard rock, and more. Stay tuned.

2020 Articles:

Remembering Neil Peart

Am I A Punk Or Poseur?

Chris Knight: A Singular Songwriter

High Fidelity: A Mix-Tape of Life, Love, & Vinyl

Remembering Little Richard

Vaporwave: Audiovisual Art Via Nostalgia

The New Abnormal: Your Soundtrack To The Apocalypse

Rough And Rowdy Ways: Bob Dylan’s Latter-Day Defining Moment

Neil Young’s Time In The Ditch: A Retrospective

The Understated Genius Of Bob Mould

Dare To Be Weird: A Lesson From Frank Zappa

Taylor Swift’s Transition

Women Who Rock

A Poseur’s Dream: Vultures And FOMO In An Age of Unreason

Saying Goodbye To Reggae’s Ambassador, Toots Hibbert

The Endless River: The Musical Genius Of Bob Ezrin

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Fear of Music: How Satanic Panic Shaped Music & Culture In The 1980s & Beyond

Ripped Off: Thoughts On File Sharing & Artists Who Steal Music To Get Ahead

My Album Of The Year: ACϟDC Turns Back The Clock

Imagining The World Through The Eyes Of John Lennon

Remembering MF DOOM

2021 Articles:


Format Wars: Why You Don’t Have To Choose Between Vinyl & CDs

Groups That Should Have Been Huge: Indie Bands And The Issue Of Exposure

Anecdotes & Albums: A Summary of KISS Army Servitude

Return To The Sunset Strip: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums

The Road To The Roxy: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums Part II

KISS Lead Guitarists Ranked

The Final Countdown: 5 Underrated Guitarists Of The 80s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal-Era

Rolling Thunder: 5 Underrated Drummers Of The 70s & 80s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal-Era

Music That Defined An Era: Analyzing The Rise And Fall Of Oasis

Say It Ain’t So: Five Forgotten Rock Albums of the 1990s

Barre Chords, Arpeggios & Riffs: Five Rhythm Guitarists Who Changed Rock Music

Into The Void: Thirteen of “Space Ace” Frehley’s Most Savage Tracks

Album vs. Album: Sizing Up KISS’ Two Most Underrated Albums In Unmasked & Creatures Of The Night

The Beatles vs. The Stones: An Exercise In Rock ‘N’ Roll Tedium

Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution: Uncovering Ten Underrated ACϟDC Tracks

Got To Choose: Ten Underrated Tracks By The Hottest Band In The Land — KISS!

Blood, Sweat & Arrogance: Five Albums That Defined Cock Rock

Close To The Edge: Five Underappreciated Progressive Rock Albums of the 70s & 80s

A Farewell To Kings: Five Underappreciated Progressive Rock Albums of the 70s & 80s Part II

The Headbangers Ball Reaches Its Edge: 10 Underrated Glam & Hair Metal-Era Albums Part III

Stage Freight: Uncovering Ten Cult Rock Albums Of The 1970s

Mad Fer It: Oasis Studio Albums Ranked

Show Don’t Tell: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts

2022 Articles:

Vital Signs: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts Part II

Portrait Of An Enigma: Analyzing Vinnie Vincent’s Pre-KISS Output

KISS Live Albums Ranked

Play Dirty: Lead Guitarists Who Shaped the 80s & 90s Glam Metal-Era

Beyond “Beth”: Ten Essential Solo Cuts From Peter Criss

Retrospective Reviews: Union (1998)

Wicked Sensation: Vocalists Who Defined the 80s & 90s Glam Metal-Era

Led Zeppelin Studio Albums Ranked

Unlimited Love: Boredom Birthed Via Overwrought Nostalgia

A Hypothetical Evening with Van Halen, Van Hagar & Joe Satriani

Retrospective Reviews: KISS’ Revenge (1992)

Versatility Meets Virtuosity: Remembering Guitarist Bob Kulick

KISS Studio Albums Ranked Part One: The 70s

KISS Studio Albums Ranked Part Two: The 80s

NYC Crumbles in the Wake of The Stadium Tour

About Post Author

Andrew Daly

Inspired by the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Lester Bangs, and Eddie Trunk, coupled with an immense passion for music, and a disposition for writing, freelance journalist Andrew Daly moved to found VWMusic in 2019. Over time, VWMusic has grown into a bustling music outlet harboring a staff who further the cause of sharing both a love of music and the art of journalism with the world through articles, interviews, and more. In addition to running VWMusic, Andrew is also an accomplished freelance journalist, currently writing for Copper Magazine, as well as a drummer, and lover of all things guitar.
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