2019 Year End Wrap-Up

Another year, another favorites of the year blog entry.   I know it’s been quite a while since my last post (about a year, actually) and I don’t know if I’ll be returning to more frequent posting again, but  I can’t resist making lists. Lists, wonderful and succulent lists! Okay, moving on… These are the…

The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra – “The Saga of Padani”

For fans of Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Fred Frith and all intergalactic sounds— My review of the new (well, newish) Saga of Padani by The Oakland Elementary School Arkestra is in the new issue of Musicworks – a magazine that’s been covering adventurous music in the realms of the avant-garde, jazz, new classical, and the…

2018: Cerebrum Cerebellum Songs

A few years ago I started keeping an ongoing folder on my computer of the songs, both old and new, that made an impression on me that year.  Basically, my favorite songs of the year, which I’ve continued doing every year since.  In 2018 (as usual) it’s a pretty big list.  But, if I had…

Anthony Phillips – “Field Day” (2018 reissue)

In this age of mega box set re-releases of well-loved albums – the Beatles’ White Album and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks being two recent examples – sometimes its nice to rediscover (or discover for the first time) a more under-the-radar re-release. Anthony Phillips’ Field Day is one such. It’s really under the radar…I…

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…