Blog Rebooting and a Self Interview

The Music To Eat blog has lied fallow the last few months. Taking a breather, as it were- its first lengthy one since starting seven years ago. It’s back with a new design, and, while not exactly a new direction, maybe a slightly different feel.  This is one of those blogs that’s too eclectic for…

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…

The Church’s “The Blurred Crusade” Cover Art

One of the most striking album covers of the early 80s is for The Blurred Crusade by the Church. The record, named after a line in the song “You Took”, was the band’s second full-length and was a collection of jangly, poetic, and powerful guitar-based rock. The music featured more varied textures than many of…

The Church – “Further/Deeper”

An album that moves onward and upward, further and deeper – a journey begun a long time ago in a 1980s galaxy far, far away. My review at PopMatters.  

Seven Songs For Summer

A few years ago I did a “Seven Songs for Autumn” mini-compilation (on the Music To Eat Mixcloud page).  Here’s another mini-comp – Seven Songs for Summer (Off the Beaten Path Edition) – so called because they’re somewhat obscure songs. Summery, but not The Beach Boys (well, mostly not), not Jimmy Buffett, not Bob Marley,…

Mercator Projection, aka The Church (almost) – “Space Bootleg”

Like a transmission from deep space, the slow-build intro to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” emerges like a slowly expanding super nova. Then everything bursts into stars and we’re off on a glorious space rock odyssey. It’s the first track on Space Bootleg, a new all-too-under-the-radar live release by the…