Throwback Thursday – Jim Croce

The strange sequence of events that brought us here. The Duffer Brothers, creators of the Netflix sensation Stranger Things, need a ’70s song for a you-kids-don’t-know-what-good-music-is scene (the show is set in the ’80s).  They pick “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” by Jim Croce. My 27-year-old Stranger Things superfan son, reacts to the selection … More Throwback Thursday – Jim Croce

New Music Spotlight: Masseduction – St. Vincent

Another St. Vincent album, another trip to Wonderland. Sitting down with Masseduction – the fifth studio album from this creative indie artist – is like a walk through Lewis Carroll’s mythical land. First time visitors find themselves wide-eyed at the bizarre adventure in which they find themselves.  Those that have made this trip before may … More New Music Spotlight: Masseduction – St. Vincent

New Music Spotlight: Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers

Unlike my oldest son, who internalized The Killers‘ second album Sam’s Town during his teenage years, I am a reluctant, late-to-the-party Killers fan.  Rather than really getting to know the breadth of their work, I have cherry-picked my favorite songs from the available four albums and discarded the rest. Their fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, released … More New Music Spotlight: Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers

Weekend Extra: Tom Petty, The Patron Saint of Road Trip Music

Alongsideyour78s is about making generational connections through music.  The focus is often on introducing Boomers to new music and asking for an open ear and open mind.  Millennials, I have found, need no such encouragement.  Most are quite willing to accept and enjoy a song that’s been around for 50 years as easily as one … More Weekend Extra: Tom Petty, The Patron Saint of Road Trip Music

New Music Spotlight: Half Light – Rostam

In early 2016, Rostam Batmanglij announced his departure from the popular indie band Vampire Weekend.  Since then, he’s been active in the music scene, working with a number of various other artists.  On September 15th, he released his first solo album, Half-Light. For indie fans, and in particular Vampire Weekend fans, the wait has been … More New Music Spotlight: Half Light – Rostam

Throwback Thursday: R.E.M. – Green

Just shy of its 29th birthday, R.E.M.’s sixth album, GREEN, is the midpoint of the band’s three-album journey into the mainstream.   The band had steadily progressed from a popular college-rock band throughout the early eighties, ever encroaching upon the margins of Pop/Rock, with a sound and style that would lay the foundation for the “alternative” prefix. … More Throwback Thursday: R.E.M. – Green