Cabinet of Obscurities: The Hilltops – “Holler”

An occasional feature showcasing excellent music by little-known artists who (generally) only put out one or two albums. This one is unique, as I’ve never owned the actual album or even seen the cover. I’ve never seen it for sale on ebay, or anywhere else on the Internet. So, yeah, it’s pretty obscure – but Holler,…

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…

2016: Sixteen Music Things I Loved this Year

In some ways, 2016 was a grim year.  A lot of great musicians died, there was divisive political turmoil in the U.S., the environment continued to take a beating worldwide (including up the road from me where even more subdivisions replace the last sections of woods and farms in the area), and the media got…

Cabinet of Obscurites: “Rock & Roll Summer Camp 98”

An occasional feature showcasing excellent music by little-known artists who (generally) only put out one or two albums. It’s raucous. It’s communal. It’s a rock n’ roll summer camp! Back in the 1990s, Chris Hudson, cousin of Americana/roots band Blue Mountain’s leader Cary Hudson, had a small record label called Black Dog. In the summer of…

Fill Your Head: New Music Playlist – July

Put on your listening hats! Music is such an endless well – there’s so much great stuff out there to be discovered, both new and old. Here’s some new music I’ve been been getting into lately. You might like all of it, you might like none of it, but even if you just like some of…

The Unexpected Rise of Wilco

Voted “Least Likely to Succeed”. If there was an alt country yearbook for the class of 1994/1995, Jeff Tweedy probably would have received that designation from the critics as well as the record-buying public. Uncle Tupelo, the band he had fronted with Jay Farrar since 1990, had just split up. Tweedy quickly formed Wilco, while…