Occasionally, I’ll get a tweet, a like, or some other electronic tap on the shoulder from musicians who are seeking notice for their art. I welcome this and would love to spend time listening to and writing about every one of them. But as I haven’t found a way to make this blog pay the … More New Music Spotlight: Broken Window – Rue Snider
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
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
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
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
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).
Genre being such a fluid and subjective thing, it is hard to make such general observations such as the following: Progressive Rock hit its peak in the mid-’70s. But the very reason genre exists is because of our need to describe, compare and classify music – or any other art form. But genre is a … More Throwback Thursday – Rick Wakeman
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