Walking the Dog (A Very Short Story)

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been listening to a way-out song called “Suburban Shuffle” from a 1972 album by jazz fusion keyboardist Barry Miles (with incredible guitar by a young John Abercrombie) a lot lately or because I’ve just finished the new book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi…

The Police’s “So Lonely” and a Mondegreen

Funny how we can mishear the lyrics to a song and the whole meaning can be changed (a “mondegreen“, as it were.)  I was sitting in a café the other day and “So Lonely” by the Police was playing in the background. In my mind I was brought back in time to when I was…

Sunflower River Blues

The Sunflower River (aka The Big Sunflower River) flows down through the flat western Mississippi delta bottomland, paralleling the Mississippi River and only separated by that granddaddy of all rivers by a few miles on average.  It’s a region rich in history, one of the birthplaces of the blues, with a who’s who of legendary…

The Essex Green – “Hardly Electronic”

Summer and the Essex Green. It’s a good combo. The vintage yet timeless sound of the band is like the warm sun on those forested Vermont mountains where they first strummed their instruments years ago. It’s been a long time coming  for band members Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron and Chris Ziter – 12 years, to…

The Vinyl Detective – An Interview with Author Andrew Cartmel

Readers of this blog will have come across my enthusiastic reviews of two of the books in Andrew Cartmel‘s Vinyl Detective mystery series (Written in Dead Wax and The Run-Out Groove.) The protagonist of the series is a sleuth who gets hired to find particular rare records. Along the way his searches end up involving…