• Stuff Dream Were Made Of

    I remember it like it was yesterday. My grandmother (Gram) asked me to go out to the barn for something. My grandparents' barn was now half greenhouse and half darkened storage facility. A big boat used to fit in there. On this warm, summer day, it was nothing but sand and tools hung on a wall. There at the farthest corner of the barn was a small room. Once a closet, I suppose. Still lit by the light of a single bulb. Still ignited by a long chain hanging down. I heard this sound. Tapping. No it's clacking.

  • Local Musicians ROOTED IN Hub

    The blues is Mississippi's lingua franca. It's rooted (while transferred from far away Mali) in our arable soil. Though the famous players may have left to electrify it in Chicago or orchestrate in Los Angeles, that music still and will always be identified as ours.

  • Disco: maligned & misunderstood

     Disco is music that goes far beyond white polyester with a black collar jutting out, dancefloors lit in primary colors, the Brothers Gibb, Harry Wayne Casey and the almighty Donna Summer. Disco at its essence represented the freedom to write, to choose and of course - to dance.

  • Ladies Leading the Way

    Rock ’n’ Roll has grown into an intergenerational entity. Since its birth from the hybrid strains of Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues, it grows the most when rebelling against the previous mixture of alleles. However, now Rock ’n’ Roll is entering another phase of singer/ songwriters to push it along the genetic line.

  • The underdog of American Fiction: SCIENCE FICTION

     Science Fiction (to be abbreviated SF here) continues to be a misappropriated and misunderstood genre that for its complex history should at least merit a few more writers than George Orwell (“1984”), Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”) and Ray Bradbury (“Fahrenheit 451.”)

  • Rifles, Rosary Beads and Remembering What Most of Us Try to Forget

    Still, the nation’s veterans are a group of brave individuals who no matter what soldier on. For her new album, “Rifles and Rosary Beads,” singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier (say “Go-Shay” ya’ll – as she likes to say) bravely sat down with several of the nation’s Vets and put their complicated feelings into simple, visceral songs.

  • Our Turntable, Your Travel Agent

    When the 12-inch 33 RPM record became more than a novelty in the 1950s, owning a few slabs of wax was a sign of being adventurous. Esoteric was the label given to forbidden realms of music that your phonograph would then bring to life. Suburbia bloomed out of the boom after World War II and LP's like Martin Denny's "Exotica" allowed listeners to scale vistas, descend into jungles and feel the sand of distant beaches all without leaving your sofa.

  • An Interview with Otto Penzler

    You may not be a fan of mystery and suspense.

    Honestly, it happens. However, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these stories collected in "dime novels" provided the same sense of adventure and escape we obtain today from plunging into Netflix or wiping out a season of some show over the frigid weekend.  Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, the oldest and premiere Mystery, Suspense and Espionage store in North America. Penzler took time from his busy store and schedule to offer a glimpse into his latest anthology

  • 10 Ways that You Can Better Music

    As 2017 draws to a close, columns will be festooned with lists and accolades. I myself will more than likely compose such a list. However, I can only urge you to read this or anything I write for that matter with two things: An open mind and a discerning ear. The other bombardment we suffer through daily are the traps laid known as "clickbait", where just the simple hook can drag you through a pond of muck you would barely glance at in reality. It is for that reason (and with a great deal of thought), I present this list.

     

  • The Weather Station

    Toronto's Tamara Lindeman is The Weather Station. After listening to her latest Paradise of Bachelors record, it clearly does not matter whether she is/is not or has/has not a band - Lindeman is a brilliant songwriter first and foremost. "The Weather Station" is that rare breakup album that captures the strange optimism of losing your past and the odd comfort of privately reveling in the best parts.

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