Glancing Backward, Musically Speaking, in Order to Look Ahead

This is the time of year when the supporters of self-help, the boosters of betterment, the promoters of purposefulness, and everyone else who exalts in the ethics of uplift, start hymning the glories of making New Year’s resolutions. Oh, joy. The general belief is that the start of a new calendar year affords a kind… Continue reading Glancing Backward, Musically Speaking, in Order to Look Ahead

Look What They've Done to That Song, Man

I’m a sucker for a good cover band. It’s true. Although I prefer to hear musicians perform their own music, every now and then I enjoy listening to an old, familiar¬†song being played in a new and sometimes unexpected way. Now, I’m not referring to the ridiculous lookalike-soundalike tribute acts like Beatlemania or some other… Continue reading Look What They've Done to That Song, Man

Did You Hear What I've Heard, So Far This Year?

Musically speaking, 2009 has gotten off to a quiet start.¬†Unlike the first six weeks of last year, which produced much-lauded roll-outs from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, Bon Iver, The Magnetic Fields, MGMT, The Helio Sequence, The Mars Volta, Adele, and Nada Surf, among others, there have been few notable releases so far in… Continue reading Did You Hear What I've Heard, So Far This Year?