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Vampire Weekend’s Failed Quest For The Millennial White Album

Vampire Weekend has all the necessary components firmly in place to be a truly horrible band. Cloying name? Check. North Jerz rich kids rocking thrift store Hilfiger? Check. Hyper-literate “jam all the words you can into each verse” lyrics? Double… Continue Reading →

Land of the Free and The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman was a seminal voice for the modern jazz revolution. Coleman’s focus is more on melody – simultaneous improvisations laid down by multiple instruments.  Ornette’s approach is perhaps aided by his choice to not include piano, without which there is no distinct harmonic enforcement.

The Scott Sharrard Interview: On Muscle Shoals, Classic Gibsons, and Mourning The Allman Brothers

Watching  a mesmerizing guitar player and riveting lyricist like Scott Sharrard feels like a master glass in guitar driven blues and rock. Scott creates music that is deeply emotive and personal. His latest offering, Saving Grace, resonates deeply. The album, released in 2018,… Continue Reading →

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings

In a recent interview, somebody dared to ask the composer, “Is Jazz dead?”.  (He provided an apt and abrupt answer to that question).   I think we need to take a step higher and ask ourselves “What is Jazz?”  And… Continue Reading →

Lightweight Alert! Dave Grohl Can’t Even Drink One Beer Without Falling Off The Stage

For a “rocker” who allegedly worships at the cliched but eternally gilded Jack-and-syringe altar of Lemmy and Keef, Dave Grohl sure can’t hold his alcohol, can he? No matter how many thousands of VH1 Behind The Music-style rawk docs this… Continue Reading →

This Is Not A Supergroup

I wasn’t going to write this but it is gnawing at me. First off, I have never seen so many Best Of lists in my life, seriously. Everyone has a Best Of fucking list. Hell, even I had a Best… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 6: “Lucifer Sam”

“Lucifer Sam” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 We’re only six tracks into the Madcap series and already I’m tripping over one of my Top 5 Syd Barrett bangers, not to mention one of the very best songs of… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 5: “Astronomy Domine”

“Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 The first sounds one hears when cuing up Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Syd Barrett’s first foray into the album format, are the garbled distress signals of a lost… Continue Reading →

U.S. Blues: A Very Hippie 4th Of July Playlist

“Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat, shine your shoes, light your fuse, can you use them ol’ U.S. Blues?” For some reason the 4th of July has always been really big with hippies. Is… Continue Reading →

Everyone Gets Trophies: Why Music Blog Criticism Is Afraid To Criticize

How does an artist survive a bad review? Do they wallow in their misery or do they breathe it all in and come back all the better after taking the criticism to heart? As the still-invincible Doobie Bros once harmonized,… Continue Reading →

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