Song of the Day #4 – “Cactus Flower” by Mapache

“Cactus Flower” – from From Liberty Street by Mapache (2020) I’m a big Mapache fan – they capture for me all the best of the laid-back California sound, echoing old Poco, America, early Eagles, Flying Burrito Brothers, etc. (with some Grateful Dead thrown in). I think its cool that they’ve covered a few traditional Mexican…

Song of the Day #3 – “Romeo and the Lonely Girl” by Thin Lizzy

“Romeo and the Lonely Girl” – from Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy (1976) Overshadowed on their classic album Jailbreak by “The Boys are Back in Town” (sometimes it seems that’s the only song they’re known for), this is a track that does occasionally make it onto Lizzy compilations but it’s still somewhat of an outlier.  Lyrically,…

Song of the Day #1 – “Sleeping Me Awake” by James Elkington

[I’ve felt like doing a little music writing lately and a little sharing of music, hence this new daily “Song of the Day” (snappy title, huh?), wherein I’ll be posting a song that’s percolating through my mind lately. No theme other that that, keepin’ it simple. ] “Sleeping Me Awake” – from Ever-Roving Eye by…

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…