Brunette on Blonde on Blonde

In which I record the stats So amidst all the Pet Sounds ballyhoo I forgot that I should also commemorate the 55th anniversary of the release of the album I literally just called my favorite of Dylan’s. Which happens to be today. Among other reasons (its sense of humor, its drum parts), it’s my favoriteContinue reading “Brunette on Blonde on Blonde”

An Update

In which I, um, update you Hey all. I’m low on energy this week tbh—Berlin is in the middle of a heat wave—so while I get other stuff together I thought I’d link you to the latest episode of the pod. Recording-wise, we’ve reached our halfway point, a couple weeks ahead of release schedule, andContinue reading “An Update”

Nothing Alike But Very Alike

In which I really might take this analysis business too far Okay friends. I was listening to music this week—as, you know, I do—and something occurred to me that I think has something to it. Either that or it will evidence an overstimulated brain whose sleep schedule this week has been erratic. Maybe the coffeeContinue reading “Nothing Alike But Very Alike”

Happy birthday, Bob!

In which I count a love minus zero On Monday the greatest lyrical poet of his generation turned 80. I’m going to eschew songwriter, although (or perhaps because) plenty call him that unhesitatingly—many artists of that generation, male and female, produced songs and/or albums that could justify their bid for the title. But his masteryContinue reading “Happy birthday, Bob!”

Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great

In which I say goodbye to Hollywood Today marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Billy Joel’s fourth studio album. This boils down to convenience; it simply gives me a chronological excuse to talk about something I’ve wanted to talk about for some time now. Mostly because I never hear anyone else doing it.Continue reading “Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great”

5 Times I Related Way Too Hard to Elton John’s ME

In which I say “oh God same” *CW: addiction* Last weekend I listened to Elton John’s recent autobiography on Audible, read in alternating chapters by the man himself and Taron Egerton, who played him in Rocketman. And let me tell you: you do not need to have had a sixteen-year cocaine habit to find atContinue reading “5 Times I Related Way Too Hard to Elton John’s ME”

6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow”

In which I do not exactly go off the deep end So I rewatched the latest iteration of A Star is Born, mostly because I had bought it on iTunes in order to watch it the first time and wanted to get my money’s worth. To my pleasant surprise, I took a greater liking toContinue reading “6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow””

The Wilsonian Institute

In which some old, old feelings meet new context Maybe it was the gummi bears. When I sat down with a bag of Haribo Goldbären to Love & Mercy, the biopic covering (in)famous periods in the life of Brian Wilson and the career of The Beach Boys, I thought about how this piece of workContinue reading “The Wilsonian Institute”

Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

In which I watch the finest tightrope act around We end the month on a high note (pun intended) with a artist with a finger in every pie, who is tirelessly bringing joy and empowerment to our very own time. I’ve been an acolyte of Janelle Monáe’s for over two years now. Her acting rangeContinue reading “Fine Arts Spotlight: Janelle Monáe”

A Shot in the HEAD, A Tip of the (Green Wool) Hat

In which the young generation is…still saying something I had reason to get the Monkees on the brain a couple months ago, so I wrote a post. I’ve had more reason since—reading Mike Nesmith’s autobiography Infinite Tuesday, catching references to them in The Queen’s Gambit—so here I am writing another post. Most of all becauseContinue reading “A Shot in the HEAD, A Tip of the (Green Wool) Hat”