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…

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…