New Music Spotlight: Sonderlust – Kishi Bashi

With Sonderlust, his third studio album, indie artist Kishi Bashi continues his genre-blending ways, bringing together classical strings, traditional pop instruments, and the wizardry of electronic music. In that regard, Sonderlust is not so different from his 2014 release, Lighght.  If there is any kind of stylistic difference at all, it is that Sonderlust is a … More New Music Spotlight: Sonderlust – Kishi Bashi

Throwback Thursday: Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel

Bookends, the fourth of five studio albums from the iconic duo Simon and Garfunkel, is just two years shy of celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Pause. Sigh. Move on. It is generally accepted that each Simon and Garfunkel album surpassed its predecessor in quality,  popularity, critical acclaim and recognition.  That being the case, why would I select … More Throwback Thursday: Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel

New Music Spotlight – True Sadness, The Avett Brothers

  On June 24th of this year the Avett Brothers released their ninth studio album, True Sadness.  The title suggests that these 12 songs come from a melancholy place.  And while that it largely true, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  True Sadness seems less of a post-divorce album, as titles such as “Divorce Separation … More New Music Spotlight – True Sadness, The Avett Brothers

Weekend Ramble – Talking Heads and the Circle of Life

The other day, I was sitting in my office when the muffled but unmistakable sound of music came drifting in from the office next door.  You know how that is – the bass comes through loud and clear and the higher notes (which typically includes the melody) are harder to make out.  For the listener, it becomes … More Weekend Ramble – Talking Heads and the Circle of Life

New Music Spotlight – 22, A Million – Bon Iver (A Baby Boomer’s Guide).

22, A Million – which came out just over a week ago, is the third studio album from indie band Bon Iver (pronounced “bone evair”).  Despite long intervals between albums (the first was in 2007), Bon Iver has carved out quite a niche in the indie universe and, from what I can tell, is considered one … More New Music Spotlight – 22, A Million – Bon Iver (A Baby Boomer’s Guide).

New Music Spotlight – Remember Us to Life – Regina Spektor

On Friday of last week, Regina Spektor released her seventh studio album, Remember Us to Life.  Though cliche, “highly anticipated” is an accurate description to apply to this release.  It’s been four and a half years since 2012’s What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. An album which, though good by most standards, seems a more of a … More New Music Spotlight – Remember Us to Life – Regina Spektor