Diggin’ Spriguns

One of the highlights of When the Day is Done: The Orchestrations of Robert Kirby, released earlier this year (Kirby is best known for his work with Nick Drake) is a track called “White Witch” by a band called Spriguns, from 1977. A tasty slice of mellow British psychedelic folk, one wonders how the band…

Billy Squier: Reconnections, Recollections and Reflections

I’ve been enjoying a podcast series called “Songs of the Knight” on the Pods & Sods Podcast Network which has reacquainted me with the music of Billy Squier. Three hosts from different podcasts are going through, via discussion with each other on the ‘cast,  Squier’s discography chronologically album by album, with each episode focusing on…

The (Sort of) Dark and (Mostly) Goofy World of Judson Fountain

Roundabout this time of year, as the leaves fly and the pumpkins rise, I sometimes find myself playing the recordings of Judson Fountain.  A true “outsider artist,” Fountain – with co-hort Sandor Weisberger – recorded a series of radio dramas (or, “drammers”, as Weisberger would say in his Brooklyn accent) in the late 1960s through…

Kurt Vile – “Bottle It In”

The album cover art of Kurt Vile’s latest album, Bottle It In, makes me laugh whenever I see it. Yeah, making your album cover look like a retro worn 70’s LP is a year or two past when that was the “cool” thing to do, but I can get past that because it does fit…

A Hot Night in Toronto: Pat Metheny, Oct. 9, 2018

“It’s nice to be back in sunny Toronto! Especially on this last day of summer [laughter]. It’s always great to come up here and it has been ever since the beginning.” Near the end of what appeared to be a sold out show at the 3,200 seat Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Pat Metheny greeted…

The Resurrection of Tom Petty

Of course we’re not talkin’ about a literal resurrection, but the resurrection of Tom Petty’s music, his voice, his life-force as it were, via his music, all via the box set An American Treasure, released almost a year to the day since his death. An American Treasure is a different kind of box set, with…