Category Archives: Music/Popular Culture
Independence Day is nearly upon us, and at this time of year a lot of us begin breaking out our patriotic music so as to honor the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave®.
Last year I put together a little best of the 4th playlist on Spotify and am in the process of updating it for a new era in the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Read more
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the King and Queen
And if, as you watch this video, you catch yourself asking questions of … context … well, that’s probably appropriate.
Look who’s back.
I’ve been a big fan of Kate Hinote and Tony Hamera’s work in The Blueflowers for several years. And I’m positively loving their new project, Sound of Eleven. Darker, more ambient in tone… From Discogs:
Formed in late 2015, Sound of Eleven sought to re-define and expand the genre of apocalyptic folk. Influenced by folk legends of the past like Leonard Cohen and Sibylle Baier, as well as the more contemporary Death In June and Current 93, S11 goes beyond the traditional sounds of neo-folk, adding elements of darkwave, industrial, and eerie, ambient soundscapes.
Marvelous stuff. Give it a listen.
Stuff you know, stuff you don’t know yet. Stuff you love and stuff you’re going to love. And stuff you won’t love, so hit the skip button.
It’s over 24 hours and growing. So hit play and stay the fuck at home.
Others have eulogized Adam far better than I can, but I wanted to share a couple of words and some of my favorite songs by a truly generational songwriter. Somehow Fountains of Wayne only had one hit, and that alone tells you all you need to know about radio.
He had this epic sense for a melody. His lyrics were beyond clever. But his real magic was in his understated wit and a gift for sincerity. He could cast a critical eye on a scene without condescension, even where condescension was richly deserved.
He was funny. He was honest. He was a master. And he will be missed.
This is sublime. This is technology at its best. Thanks to Frank Venturo for passing it along.
Jackson Browne has tested positive…
This is a tougher question that it ought to be, but maybe put me down for The War on Drugs. Read more
We were dangerous and exciting! But now no one’s there who wants to be dangerous. Read more
I found lots of music to like in 2018. Here’s a brief overview, plus a link so you can sample it all yourself. Read more
It’s a new world order. Read more
The new Queen biopic is deeply flawed and powerfully rewarding all at once. Sorta. Maybe. Read more