Tuesday, September 8 2009
When paring down your music collection, is it OK to prune songs off classic albums? An aesthetic (and moral) dilemma...
Monday, September 7 2009
Need more duets in your life? Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb are among country music's best partnerships.
Thursday, September 3 2009
Jump into that ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with the maxed-out tailfins, contemplate what an original Barbie doll could fetch on eBay, and enjoy this roll call of Reasons Why Everything Changed in 1959.
Delilah's on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago is everything The Rockist wants in a bar. Loud. Comfortable. Cheap.
Wednesday, September 2 2009
Bill Frisell's ambient, fuzzy, meandering guitar doodles sound like they're trying to approximate the sad stillness blowing through the corridors of Keaton's mind.
I'll take the wasabi potato croquettes that came with the lamb racks in the "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" dish (inspired by TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me") over Hard Rock's seasoned fries any day.
Sunday, August 30 2009
The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.
Tuesday, August 25 2009
From the ‘non-existent’ land of Siberia comes the long-existing sound of Tuvan drumming and throat singing.
Monday, August 24 2009
If Dr. Martin Luther King composed songs they may very well sound like Maxwell at his best.
Thursday, August 20 2009
In the Digital Age, music and information sit at our fingertips. How do rappers use tools, new and old, to distinguish themselves from the competition?
The independent record store lives another day. But how long can the vinyl lifeline continue to keep them afloat?
Wednesday, August 19 2009
Discovering the first collection of duets between popular singer Tony Bennett and jazz pianist Bill Evans popped my top and buttered my bread.
Tuesday, August 18 2009
Country music ain’t the sole purview of the southern part of the northern hemisphere: Canada has its share of fireside soul(ful) singers, too.
Each time I sheepishly purchase another CD, I’m digging myself further into the technological hole, and falling farther behind the cool vinyl-playing crowd.
Wednesday, August 12 2009
Begrand talks with Darski of Behemoth, one of the most visually imposing and sonically punishing bands in all of metal, on the eve of the release of their new CD, Evangelion.
Thursday, August 6 2009
Punk-influenced performance poetry now thrives on both sides of the Atlantic, as open mics and poetry slams draw new generations of writers with combative tones, satirical perspectives, and rock-inspired rhythms in their lines.
Booker T. & the MGs found themselves together, in a city of segregation, in a time of severe racial tension, and recorded a progressive, utopian party song.
Wednesday, August 5 2009
In these days of economic turmoil, massive job losses, and corporate profiteering, you'd expect to hear more rewritings of the John Henry legend.
Sunday, August 2 2009
Proehl discovered the secret Supremes country album. Now all the genre-restricting straightjackets bounding country music are off.
Tuesday, July 28 2009
A band of pretty youngsters from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a homely bunch of New York club scene veterans. Rock on.