A Soundtrack for Me and You: An Interview With Swan Dive

A Soundtrack for Me and You: An Interview with Swan Dive August 2014 (Originally published at PopMatters but only half the interview is currently up on their website. This is the full interview.) It’s been a life-changing 5 years for Bill DeMain and Molly Felder since the last Swan Dive album, but their new music…

Dennis Taylor – “Dayspring” Liner Notes

[Liner notes included in reissue of Dennis Taylor’s Dayspring guitar album, originally released in 1983.  Reissue was put out by Grass-Tops Recording in 2015] —— Eric Clapton once came close to facetiously titling one of his own albums The Best Guitarist in the World – There’s One in Every Crowd. While that’s true to some…

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…

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…