20 Albums Snubbed By The People’s List

Date August 22, 2012

Like many of you, I’ve been spending a lot of time today digging into Pitchfork’s People’s List and, while I think the 27,000+ voters got lots of stuff right, there was also plenty of albums I thought were criminally overlooked. So I turned those harbored resentments into a list (because that’s just what bloggers do, […]

This Is Just A Meta Mix On A Blog

Date March 21, 2012

Inspired by the return of one of my favorite TV shows, the hyper self-aware Community (whose Abed could be considered the patron saint of meta-humor) and the self-referring “Simple Song” on the new Shins album out this week, I’ve made a mix of my favorite meta-referencing songs. By this I mean songs that specifically reference […]

50 Songs Of The Decade (2000 – 2009)

Date August 31, 2011

(photo by dcdead) I released my 50 albums of the decade list two years ago with all intentions to follow it up with a matching songs list. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. No such list ever materialized and I kindof gave up on the idea. That is until earlier this summer when […]

Pygmalion Festival: Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River, Caribou, Ted Leo, Cap’n Jazz

Date October 12, 2010

The last time I saw Ted Leo was at Pitchfork Fest, where he swung a microphone into his forehead and had blood streaming down his face for the last song. There wasn’t any bleeding this time around, but Ted Leo did put on a solid opening set to the last day of Pygmalion Festival. The Krannert […]

Album Art Lover: Hands

Date May 4, 2010

This has to be one of the best album release days ever right? It’s pretty amazing to me that three of my top 20 current bands, Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers, and The Hold Steady all have a new albums out today (and The National next week!). Anyway, the album art for The Hold Steady’s Heaven Is […]

Song within a Song Mix

Date November 24, 2009

While it’s fairly common for artists to perform a cover every once in a while, it’s much rarer (and more interesting) for a band to incorporate a cover into one of their own songs. The “song within a song” is cool for a number of reasons. It’s much harder to pull off then just sampling […]