The Autumn Defense- Free Sampler

Auburn skies, cool breezes, crisp nights. Birds flying south, squirrels madly gathering nuts, bees dive bombing flowers in a last chance nectar feast. Pumpkins ripening on the vine. Falling red, orange, and yellow leaf snowflakes getting a jump on winter. Sun-drenched guitars and warm harmonies. Autumn needs no defense, but you’ll want to soundtrack it…

Sunday Brunch: June 17, 2012

We’re gettin’ a little arty and a little freaky at brunch today.  Did someone spike the cappuccino? iamamiwhoiam– “Play” (from Kin, 2012) (Why does she strike me as Kate Bush’s evil, half-insane sister? Check out her other videos on youtube and you’ll see what I mean.) Can – “Millionenspiel” (from The Lost Tapes, 2012) (tracks…

2011: Favorites of the Year

This was going to be my top 10 favorite albums released in 2011, but it’s turned out to be 15.  And why not? Why does everybody always have to do top 10 lists? Top 15 lists are better. Really. Here they are (in no particular order), with a sample track from each: A Hidden Wholeness,…

Wilco Poster Art

This week marks the release of the new Wilco album.  To commemorate it, I thought I’d throw together a little post highlighting the concert poster art associated with the band.  Each show the band does has it’s own poster, and each one is different.  Each is created by a different graphic artist and are shining…

R.E.M. in the 80’s

R.E.M. in the 1980’s had an aura of mystery.  The impenetrable lyrics, the jangly guitar-based sound, which harkened back to the days of The Byrds and beyond.  The album cover art – kudzu covered railway bridges, gargoyles, folk art collages.  The famous fact that each band member wanted their playing/singing mixed lower than the rest…