Why Doubt Your Senses? A Medley of New Music to Please the Holiday Spirits

A few weeks ago, I used this space to bemoan the fact that quote-unquote holiday music had begun to haunt the halls of my mind like some musical Marley’s ghost. “Bah! Be gone,” I said, “it’s too early.” It wasn’t even Thanksgiving, and yet the strains of carols old and new were already jingling and… Continue reading Why Doubt Your Senses? A Medley of New Music to Please the Holiday Spirits

Infidels, Excess, and Howe: More Recollections from the Record Collection

Several weeks ago I began rediscovering the contents of my vinyl record collection, which had remained stacked and silent on my shelves for several years, until the arrival of a working turntable in late 2008. I wrote about that experience here. Since then I have continued to pull out records at random, dust them off, give them a… Continue reading Infidels, Excess, and Howe: More Recollections from the Record Collection