2017: Seventeen Music Things I Loved this Year

As we exit 2017, it’s that time of year to look back. I’ve never been one for keeping a gratitude journal as some people do – in other words, a daily or weekly record of things I’m thankful for. It’s not that I have an objection to the idea or that I don’t feel gratitude,…

2017: Seventeen of the Best Album Covers

Some really nice graphic design in album art this year.  Striking or subtle, it was all there. These are 17 or so of the best. Not sure if I was just attracted to them, but covers with circles in the design seemed to predominate… [click image to enlarge] — Feist: Pleasure There’s probably a good…

Mapache

The last few days I’ve been groovin’ to the music of band/duo Mapache. And “groovin’” – that hip slang word of yesteryear- is appropriate, as Mapache seem to have been transported from a time when the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and America were the hot currency. Watching…

Even More Songs of Spookiness

Last year I collected some songs of spookiness here for Halloween, and a few years before that put together a Halloween compilation “The Moon Hangs in Black.” I’m not a rabid Halloween fan or anything, but I do like collecting songs around a theme. And Halloween is an especially fun theme to work with! The…

A Ukulele Neil Young World

In Neil Young’s recent acceptance speech at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony, he mentioned his dad buying him a ukulele as a kid. He’s also quoted in Shakey: A Neil Young Biography as saying he first started to play music on a plastic ukulele, going on to “a better ukulele to a banjo…

The Church – “Man Woman Life Death Infinity”

A new album from the Church. These guys have been making music for a long time – this is album, what, 25 or something? You’d think they’d have lost it long ago. Lost the drive, the inspiration, the spark.  But what do we have? Man Woman Life Death Infinity: to my ears, one of the…