Today Amnesty International releases Chimes Of Freedom, a really, really huge compilation of bob Dylan covers by artists both canonized and obscure. Trying to analyze such a huge undertaking can only be done in one way: Mathematically.
Amount of music in this collection: 73 songs on four CD ... More >>
Tuesday, May 24
Better than: Twelve o'clocktails.
What's the difference between a cabaret and a nightclub? Not so long ago, the boundaries, governed by repertoire and acoustic instrumentation (give or take the soothing runs of a stray swizzle-stick electric gui ... More >>
viaHave you heard of the Jolly Rancher Hairdo? This is a hairdo in which Jolly Ranchers are tied to the ends of the hair. How could any kid, or candy fanatic, not love this hairstyle? When a seven-year-old student at a Chicago school excitedly sported it for picture day after seeing the style ... More >>
Lucinda in Ithica, very much doing a Diane Keaton sort of thing.
Saturday, March 12
Better Than: The "80s Prom Night" party going on next door.
You know what you don't see 'round these parts that often? Drummers coming out onstage rocking a washboard. Not that Luci ... More >>
On Saturday, lizphair.com suddenly had a new album available via download for a mere $5.99, with one streaming track as a sample, or maybe a warning: "Bollywood" features our heroine rapping in different voices over, yes, a Bollywood tabla. This, in addition to the low asking price, prnt scrn ... More >>
"I get nostalgic watching that show Mad Men."
As a matriarch of what became known as alt-country, Lucinda Williams is 30 years and nine studio albums in to her career, with no real signs of slowing down. She's won three Grammy's, recorded with countless musicians, including Elvis Costello and Wil ... More >>
YYYs, by Rebecca Smeyne, of course.In the week in which death shrugged off the "summer of" appellation and kept right on killing people, we mourned the Death Set's Beau Velasco, a good man cut down too early, and Mr. Magic, whose work as a DJ in New York in the 1980s is an enormous wormhole d ... More >>