• Singers/Songwriters

    Let us take a moment to sympathize with the singer/songwriter. This entity has the Atlaean task of having to create a work that not only must reveal some innermost circle of emotion within them, but also connect with you at a nexus where you both empathize and share this feeling whose commonality allows both parties to feel as if they are no longer alone with their problems in this world. 

  • Love, loss & what remains

    Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself." 
     –Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • Artists usher in a new age of guitar

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – 
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    -Robert Frost 
    "The Road Not Taken" (1920)

  • Album offers glimpse of unique style

    When singers (and singer/songwriters) commit to doing “standards” in the twilight of their career, it is often viewed as one of your longtime favorites – either heading (or being put) out to pasture. 
    Not naming names, only a few true artists find true interpretations of these wonderfully written songs. In fact,  most of those who are successful are the ones you would least expect. 

  • A sailor's guide to Earth

    It matters not how strait the gate
    How charged with punishments the scroll
    I am the master of my fate
    I am the captain of my soul
    -William Ernest Henley – “Invictus”

  • Pet project gathers voices in Southern family portrait

    Memory is funny thing. It is a large, lumbering beast that can carry you instantly to its dark, underwater lair or with a single sound, smell or sight offer you the most subtle reminder of an event that lay untouched in your subconscious mind for decades. 

  • Lucinda Williams takes us on a journey

    Rock ‘n’ roll is a strange beast.

    If asked what most songs are about or what is that common thread that links the disparate history into its present holistic whole – the answer is “love.”

  • Good Vibrations

    WXXX...1310 on your AM dial

  • Ty Segall's deconstruction of rock

    Ty Segall is a mystery, definitely no longer a myth. Ten years and eight consistently excellent, yet different, albums later, Segall still confounds and astounds on Emotional Mugger.  While you may identify elements of his past works in Mugger, there is little continuity. It is loud and noisy like Slaughterhouse but less of a “band” record and instead more damaged.  The songs wander and moan like the songs of Sleeper, his acoustic record, but they are anything but soothing.

  • Dangers of Nostalgia

    Nostalgia has the most dangerous of associations with music. It eliminates a few miles of critical distance. It eradicates your discerning ear. It destroys the detachment necessary to build convincing arguments and offer a qualified opinion of something. We use it for comfort in times of stress. Like a tempting chocolate cake, we say that we will only have one piece only to wind up writhing on the floor ecstatically after consuming the whole thing.

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