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January 10, 2015

Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark (1974)

Court and Spark was one of the first pop LPs I really got into when I was a young man first discovering pop music.  I came to pop music late (a freshman in college),  Prior to that I was a music fan, but mainly jazz.  It was not that I was a jazz snob, I […]

June 17, 2019

Lady Gaga – Enigma and Piano & Jazz – Las Vegas Residency

When Lady Gaga came on the scene over ten years ago, I was unimpressed. She seemed like a Madonna wannabe. Then I saw her headline Lollapalooza in the summer of 2010 on her Monster Ball tour and I realized she was something special. I classify most pop stars into two categories: musicians (Dylan, Neil Young, […]

March 31, 2019

Jenny Lewis – On the Line

Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager is one of my favorite albums of this decade. It has taken five years for the sequel to arrive and I have been looking forward to it. On the Line is clearly Jenny Lewis, but not The Voyager II despite similar torso branding on the cover. It’s something all together different […]

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 […]

June 13, 2018

Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

Josh Tillman is a folkie with Sgt. Pepper ambitions. Like Vincent Damon Furnier, who plays Alice Cooper, Tillman brilliantly inhabits a character: Father John Misty. You are not sure where the man ends and the character begins. The character is not goth, does not wear makeup or a mask. Instead the character is the classic […]

May 1, 2018

Record Store Day 2018 Part Two

When you blow several Benjamins on Record Store Day (RSD) it takes a while to digest it all. My last post talked about four releases from my RSD 2018 haul. Here are a few more. DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski & Scofield – Hudson Why I did not give this an album a serious listen in 2017 […]

March 13, 2018

Jonathan Wilson – Rare Birds

Every Friday I go to the Electric Fetus web site to check out new releases. Recently this blurb caught my attention: Jonathan Wilson had a busy 2017, producing Father John Misty’s Grammy–nominated Pure Comedy and touring arenas around the globe as a guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (for whom he also […]

March 4, 2018

Crate Digger’s Gold – Tom Scott And The L.A. Expression

I recently dug up a pristine LP of this 1974 classic for a buck – damn I love crate digging. Snuck out before a snowstorm to Wayzata Brew Works for a record show with my bride. Dug for an hour and spent as little as a dollar and as much as fourteen dollars (but that […]

February 11, 2018

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

I am a big fan of The War On Drugs’ 2014 album Lost in the Dream. That album was a big success critically and brought the band to a wider audience. When its follow-up, A Deeper Understanding came out late in the summer 2017, it sounded like Lost in the Dream – The Sequel. I dismissed it. […]

June 30, 2017

Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty & Soul 

Jaco Pastorius is to the electric bass as Jimi Hendrix is to the electric guitar.  Maybe what Jaco did was more profound: he made the supporting actor the star. I had the good fortune to see Jaco live in person twice: once with Joni Mitchell and once with Weather Report.  Joni’s late 70s LPs were my […]