July 28 of this year marked the 30th anniversary of release of R.E.M.’s fourth studio album, Lifes Rich Pageant. It was the band’s second to last album on the I.R.S. label and, along with 1987’s Document, marked a fork in the road for the emerging group. Their music had matured with each new release and … More Throwback Thursday – Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M.
This past Friday, Ingrid Michaelson released her 7th Studio album, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense. The popular singer/songwriter had a large emotional pool from which to draw inspiration and it is reflected in these ten songs. A divorce from singer Greg Laswell, a new relationship with actor/singer Will Chase, and the lingering grief over her mother’s … More New Music Spotlight – It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, Ingrid Michaelson
Is there any law of nature better suited to life analogies than the four seasons? Life, death, and renewal are all represented in all their inevitability. From Shakespeare (“Now is the Winter of our discontent”) to Bob Seger (“Strange how the night moves/With Autumn closing in), poets point to the seasons for their analogies … More Weekend Ramble – Endless Summer