#171 – Paper Television by The Blow

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but the presidential debate the other night was actually watchable.  Obviously, our stable genius in chief still repeated the same baseless accusations and alternative facts that spew from him anytime the attention is on someone else for a few moments, but he also was more professional that I thoughtContinue reading “#171 – Paper Television by The Blow”

#165 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Here is another band that I have been aware of for many years, but never really given a chance, for whatever reason.  I have had many friends recommend them to me, but now, with the awesome responsibility that comes with blogging, this album has inevitably come up in my queue.  Perhaps I am being lazyContinue reading “#165 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend”

#156 – Sleepless Night by Yo La Tengo

This band comes up in my Spotify account so frequently, it’s a little weird that I’ve taken this long to choose one of their albums.  I always thought they were a Spanish speaking artist, which now seems a little silly, knowing of their cult-like following in the indie rock world.  So now I have discoveredContinue reading “#156 – Sleepless Night by Yo La Tengo”

#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”

#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”

#136 – The Stand Ins by Okkervil River

A personnel change in a band can go any number of ways.  For some acts, the lightning-in-a-bottle aspect of their creative path is completely lost when a certain lineup is no longer together.  Perhaps the new members aren’t as connected with the music, but something has been lost, maybe forever.  And then there are otherContinue reading “#136 – The Stand Ins by Okkervil River”

#107 – Falling Asleep At The Wheel by Holly Humberstone

Amid months and months of truly awful news almost all of every day, there are moments of hope sprinkled around.  The arrest of Steve Bannon provides a mild amount of hope that our legal justice system still exists and can be applied to rich white men.  Who knows if it will lead to anything –Continue reading “#107 – Falling Asleep At The Wheel by Holly Humberstone”

#106 – Mermaid Avenue, Volume III by Billy Bragg & Wilco

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far: The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale, who wrote anContinue reading “#106 – Mermaid Avenue, Volume III by Billy Bragg & Wilco”

#105 – Lovers by Nels Cline

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far: The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica, who backed up Lou Reed, who was in The Velvet Underground with John Cale, who wrote anContinue reading “#105 – Lovers by Nels Cline”