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January 12, 2016

David Bowie RIP

 My earliest memory of Bowie is from 1975 – when I was in high school.  I remember two buddies of mine arguing about who was superior David Bowie or Foghat.  An argument that today makes about as much sense as which is smarter a dog or goldfish, but at the time I was ignorant about pop […]

January 8, 2016

David Bowie – Blackstar

Nothing delights my ears more than when a legacy act delivers an album late in their career that is as daring as anything from their prime. That is rare, but even rarer is when they deliver a masterpiece that holds its own against the meat of their catalog. And rarest of all is when they […]

February 4, 2019

Secret Machines – Now Here Is Nowhere

This is one of my favorite albums of the 00s. I got to see Secret Machines live twice. Once when they warmed up and seriously upstaged the Kings Of Leon at First Avenue. The second time was at the same venue where they headlined and performed “in the round.” Both were amazing shows. Now Here […]

January 1, 2019

Best of 2018

It is a bit pretentious of me to create a “best of” list, but that has not stopped me from making a “best of” list for the last several years.  I am not an expert who is listening to a couple hundred albums a year, this is merely a list of albums I liked that were […]

November 13, 2018

Thomas Abban – A Sheik’s Legacy

Sometimes, it is easy to miss what is going on in your own backyard. My Chicago-based son turned me on to this wunderkind living under my nose. If I read the local press here in Minneapolis I would have been aware of this guy. Voted most likely to succeed by the local entertainment weekly and […]

April 2, 2018

Jack White – Boarding House Reach

It looks like some critics are panning Jack White’s new album. For example Pitchfork: With the joy and wit all but absent from his songwriting, Jack White’s third solo album becomes a long, bewildering slog. I don’t agree it is worthy of all that bile.  I like the album. I respect Jack White and his […]

January 4, 2018

Best of 2017

Ever since I started this blog in the fall of 2011 I have been doing a “best of” music list (albums) annually.  This is a highly personal list – it is albums released in 2017 that caught my attention and in most cases motivated me enough to write a review/blog post.  I have stated before […]

May 22, 2017

Harry Styles – Harry Styles

On release day (May 12, 2017), I got up for a bike ride planning to listen to the new Todd Rundgren album on the ride. I noticed that Harry Styles’ solo debut was out so I decided to try it. Styles’ appearance on SNL earlier this spring impressed me. As I pedaled and listened to the […]

February 15, 2017

Tim Buckley – Greetings from L.A.

Fellow blogger Cincinnati Babyhead recently turned me on to this album. He wrote a review that caught my interest. I dialed it up on Spotify and gave it a listen. It was good, but it did not blow me away.  I was at a record show this past weekend and found a decent LP version of […]

January 8, 2017

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now

What is jazz?  Joni Mitchell’s late 70s albums are jazzy, but her 1979 release Mingus is jazz. David Bowie’s grand farewell, Blackstar, is jazzy.  Blackstar bandleader Donny McCaslin’s Beyond Now is jazz. Beyond Now is deeply haunted by Bowie. It is both a companion to Bowie’s Blackstar and a standalone work. McCaslin’s band reminds me a lot of […]