David Bowie at 75

In which I *am* the young American Happy what would be three-quarters of a century to the one and only Starman. Though the ‘man’ part of that portmanteau, I think, belies his enormous contributions to bringing gender weirdness to the fore of the music industry and mainstream media. Hunky Dory has been on heavy rotationContinue reading “David Bowie at 75”

My Favorite Christmas Songs (Hymns & Carols Edition)

Or, part 2 Yesterday I covered the pop stuff, but I must say, I feel the carols and/or hymns are where the portrayals of the holiday really get interesting. A much wider range of artistic license is taken. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” for example, is about harassing people into handing over their figgyContinue reading “My Favorite Christmas Songs (Hymns & Carols Edition)”

My Favorite Christmas Songs

Or, FS for CS (if ya know ya know) It’s that time of year when the world outside of my bloodline suddenly cares about Bing Crosby again. Christmas music has a special power; there’s a reason some people don’t reserve it solely for the season (definitely not me though haha). Here are just a fewContinue reading “My Favorite Christmas Songs”

Is INTO THE WOODS the Great American Musical?

Or, an unexpected farewell Let the WordPress record show that I had planned this post long, long before the sudden death of Stephen Sondheim a week ago Friday. As I told my family when I called them thirty seconds after reading the news, there are those figures whose deaths you prepare for, and those figuresContinue reading “Is INTO THE WOODS the Great American Musical?”

Get back, JoJo!

In which I dig a pony (and a lot of other things) On Saturday, from mid-afternoon to midnight, a friend and I marathoned Peter Jackson’s new three-part documentary The Beatles Get Back. This is supposedly (and I do suppose) the entirety of the footage from which the original Let It Be film was culled. YouContinue reading “Get back, JoJo!”

So Long, Freddie

In which I prolong the goodbye Today marks thirty years since Freddie Mercury, or the former Farrokh Bulsara, left us for a world where everyone’s inner ear finally matches his. He had something like a four-octave range, he could play the piano upside down, and he rocked a fur coat better than he had anyContinue reading “So Long, Freddie”

POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!

Hello all! I’m thrilled to announce the new season of Pod Sounds—complete with new artwork by @sarahnhixsonart! This time we’re covering Randy Newman’s 1977 album Little Criminals, on which my co-host Gil is the clear expert. First episode is up on all platforms. After the slight delay caused by unexpected events, it’s especially renewing andContinue reading “POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!”

Notes on Experimental Warehouse Music

In which I venture out alone in the dark The other night I attended a performance by an international chamber group in a warehouse, complete with light installation and spaced-out seating. One of those true Artsy Events you would expect to encounter in an Artsy City. And boy was I not let down. In fact,Continue reading “Notes on Experimental Warehouse Music”

New List = new ep!

In which I (and not only I) comment on a certain, famous, now revamped list A music lover’s work is never done, is it? After wrapping season 1 of Pod Sounds, I’d planned simply to map out and slowly but surely execute season 2. And then the New List dropped. That’s right, kids: Rolling Stone,Continue reading “New List = new ep!”