Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 7/27/14

After a week off, welcome back to Sunday Triple Play!  Back into random shuffle mode with three differing vibes.  Starting off this week is Krautrock and alternative (though they long proceeded the latter tag) pioneers Can and their jiving "Vitamin C."  You've heard this song sampled in rap, but Can's overall contributions to rock music are grossly understated.  If there's any band to dig up should you be unfamiliar with them, this is the one.

Next are dance-punkers LCD Soundsystem, who had too brief of a run but put out a lot of vibrant, sometimes nutty music in their short time.  Go ahead and shake some ass to "Get Innocuous" here.  If this doesn't make you groove, then check your pulse.  Finally, a sedate wrap-up with The Beatles (or John Lennon, if you will) and "Julia" from The White Album, one of the prettiest songs I've ever heard and ever will in this life.

Can - "Vitamin C"

LCD Soundsystem - "Get Innocuous"

The Beatles - "Julia"

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