#151 – Suga by Megan Thee Stallion

It’s rare these days when I feel like it was worth watching Saturday Night Live.  There was a time where my family Tivo’ed it on a regular basis, but that was long ago, indeed.  These days, it takes a news story about how great a certain sketch was or an outstanding musical performance, as wasContinue reading “#151 – Suga by Megan Thee Stallion”

#149 – Largo by Brad Mehldau

Now that the corona virus has infiltrated the highest offices in our nation, it’s hard to imagine the kind of mental gymnastics that it would take to still not think masks are important.  I don’t wish death upon anyone and this type of death seems pretty torturous, but I understand the people who are celebratingContinue reading “#149 – Largo by Brad Mehldau”

#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius

There’s no better antidote for the American condition than music.  Its especially satisfying to discover a new artist that represents the antithesis of our current president, and today’s selection is a perfect example of this.  A powerful voice and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Perfume Genius is a brutally honest artist, which is really refreshingContinue reading “#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius”

#147 – The Wack Album by The Lonely Island

I loved the first two Lonely Island albums, so it’s a little weird that it took me this long to listen to their 2013 offering, but today was a good day for it.  It’s hard to forget the cacophony of calamity that is consuming the world, and especially the United States.  The pressures of pandemicContinue reading “#147 – The Wack Album by The Lonely Island”

#146 – Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen and The Fibonacci Sequence

Watching tonight’s debate was both demoralizing and humiliating for our entire nation.  I wanted to listen to something that encapsulates those feelings and I ended up going pretty dark with it.  Messiaen wrote this quartet while he was in a German prisoner of war camp in 1940.  It was first performed in the camp forContinue reading “#146 – Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen and The Fibonacci Sequence”

#145 – The Predator by Ice Cube

I worked on an episode of a talk show today that featured a Zoom call with Ice Cube.  He was there to talk about the election, plus a project he’s been working on called the “Contract With Black America.”  It’s a compilation of demands/suggestions for how America can reckon with its history of mistreatment ofContinue reading “#145 – The Predator by Ice Cube”

#144 – Paranoid Cocoon by Cotton Jones

We are rapidly approaching perhaps the most consequential election cycle in American history.  The crossroads that our nation stands at has terrifying implications for humanity and the world will be watching with bated breath.  We’ve gone further down the road towards fascism than most Americans would have thought possible, which speaks to our own naiveté. Continue reading “#144 – Paranoid Cocoon by Cotton Jones”

#143 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré

I’ve always gravitated towards guitar music.  It’s the instrument I’ve spent many years learning and listening to and I always manage to find something to like about most any guitarist.  It is extremely versatile and is similar to the many stringed instruments that are ubiquitous in all different world music traditions and so has foundContinue reading “#143 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré”

#142 – Villa-Lobos: Guitar Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sonja Prunnbauer

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to some classical guitar and when I started considering the options, I kept coming across the name Villa-Lobos, the great Brazilian composer and guitarist.  While his full orchestral works are fantastic, I always like a good solo guitar piece.  Early in my audio career, I recorded a lotContinue reading “#142 – Villa-Lobos: Guitar Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sonja Prunnbauer”