John is a Michigan-based musician and writer. He currently reviews music for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture, while also working his way through his ever-expanding record collection at www.tumblr.com/blog/vinylcompulsion. @john_r_paul
Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses | 25 May 2015 // 10:00 PM
Colleen Green used to hide behind her sunglasses; now they're just a part of who she is. She tells PopMatters about their origin and the one song she refuses to play live.
John Cale: Music for a New Society / M:FANS | 2 Feb 2016 // 8:20 PM
Rather than merely reissue his classic 1981 album, John Cale reworks and rerecords the majority of the album, showing the thematic through line that connects the two.
Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California | 1 Feb 2016 // 8:10 PM
Idiosyncratic, unclassifiable jazz/blues/etc. singer and pianist Mose Allison delivers a fine set of live performances spanning the whole of this career.
Sam Means: 10 Songs | 28 Jan 2016 // 4:35 AM
A charming collection of gentle pop songs from the quieter half of the much-missed desert pop group, the Format.
'Easy Riders, Rolling Stones' Explores the Migratory Nature of Music in America | 10 Dec 2015 // 2:30 AM
Scanlan's work explores an expansive subject without losing too much time or focus to detours and alternate routes.
Cool Uncle: Cool Uncle | 9 Dec 2015 // 8:20 PM
The unlikely pairing of contemporary producer Jack Splash and AOR icon Bobby Caldwell results in an interesting mix of old and new, the majority of which largely succeeds in its reverent treatment of an otherwise parody-prone genre.