Thursday, May 19 2011
Bob Dylan lurched toward his place onstage wearing a steel harmonica holder around his neck that made him look like a wild creature in harness, blinking at the floodlights, hunching his shoulders to adjust the guitar strap that held the Gibson Special acoustic high on his slender body.
Thursday, May 5 2011
Despite or even because of its jumble of missing pieces, half-finished recordings, garbled chronologies of composition or performance -- the basement tapes can begin to sound like a map; but if they are a map, what country, what lost mine, is it that they center and fix?
Thursday, December 23 2010
The year's best re-issues are highlighted by a trio of rock gods in the Stones, Lennon and Bowie as well as a bona fide American jazz genius and a bevy seminal '70s and '80s British bands.
Thursday, October 7 2010
Over Coppertone-slicked bodies on Santa Monica Beach and out of secluded make-out spots and shopping-center parking lots and everywhere else American teenagers gathered that summer, it seemed that the ba-de-de-bum-de-bum announcing Dylan’s hit about getting stoned was blaring from car radios and transistor radios.
Wednesday, May 12 2010
Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks is a superb work of theater, a classic, albeit cryptic, tale of triumph over adversity.
Thursday, March 7 2013
While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?
Wednesday, June 22 2011
This is Bob Dylan as shifting text, not just layered like pages, back or front, or over-laid like a palimpsest, but cross-wise and motile as a termite.
Thursday, December 17 2009
The myths of unspoiled frontiers and the freedom of the open road, lives played out on the margins of society, attachment and detachment, wrestling matches with the ghosts of Samuel Beckett and Louis L’Amour…
Thursday, July 30 2009
Dylan’s beautifully simple ballad captures the paradoxical fear of and longing for death that is the hallmark of Wurlitzer’s narratives and what lurks at the heart of the human experience.
Thursday, August 29 2013
These songs don't tell us anything about Bob Dylan himself, but they do show us different sides of his persona and his songs.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
“Suddenly it seemed like there were no more folk musicians.”
Sunday, September 9 2012
Dylan is once again trading in a sort of musical nostalgia his snarling younger self might have scoffed at, but this great set is more playful and expansive than some of its predecessors.
Sunday, May 6 2012
Fifteen covers performed with as fine a sense of group interplay as you’ll find outside the jazz world.
Monday, April 23 2012
Wobble Walkin' proves Duke Robillard's skill at his craft while maintaining an understated feel.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
You're so vain but this song is about you.
Friday, March 16 2012
Johnny’s in the basement mixing up the medicine. I’m on the pavement, thinking about Bob Dylan’s 1965 folk-rock breakthrough album. It’s the 73rd Most Acclaimed Album of All Time, and it’s this week’s Counterbalance.
Thursday, September 29 2011
An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.
Wednesday, July 27 2011
Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" is just the latest song that beguiles as many fans as it detracts.
Monday, April 9 2012
LOS ANGELES — A Brazilian production company has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan’s landmark 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks” for an English-language feature film,
Tuesday, January 24 2012
LOS ANGELES — Bob Dylan has been lauded so often as “the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll” that even the man himself, who for decades
Wednesday, June 1 2011
We may never get a precise explanation about why Dylan still suits up to play absurdly packed clubs and minor-league ballparks. The "how" he goes about it is a different story, and a reason to care about him still.
Friday, December 3 2010
Though digital downloads are now the preferred format for many music listeners, you still can't beat the extras that come with a well-conceived box set.
Thursday, August 26 2010
Columbia Records is wrapping up a trove of early Bob Dylan recordings that will surface in time for the holidays, among them 47 early demo recordings