Category Archives: Music

Year in Concerts 2012, part 1

I love live music! My record streak was eight straight nights of live music at age 20 or so. Since then, I’ve fallen off, but I still try to get out once a month. My annual concerts summary post is … Continue reading

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The Year in Concerts 2011

Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival. Fleet Foxes, Portishead, Mogwai, STRFKR, Vetiver, Little Dragon, They Might Be Giants, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, PS I love You, Ray LaMontagne, Creole Choir of Cuba, Wet Ink Ensemble, Despot, Danny Brown, … Continue reading

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My AP Top 25 Songs List

When we were kids, every month I made members of my family list their AP (Audio Popularity, not Associated Press) top 25 songs. I’d then compile them based on points ranking and come up with the family’s favorite song. We … Continue reading

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Blackness, Darkness, Forever: Portishead live in LA

Portishead, The Shrine, Los Angeles, October. Portishead is drugs, sex and…art. Not romanticizing anything, the tragedy is on full display. It’s what would happen to ravers if they got mature and/or a modicum of soul. Portishead are the darkest and … Continue reading

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Nevermind: why you should care about Nirvana

Nirvana’s Nevermind is nauseatingly poppy, overly produced, and often depressingly sarcastic. It is probably the band’s worst album, save perhaps the live Wishkah. But 20 years later, it is clear that Nevermind has changed the music industry indelibly– and us … Continue reading

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On the Cover: Top 25 Best Cover Songs of the Last 20 Years

Cover songs: we all love it when the neighborhood band plays one, but it’s hard to find them actually done well. But it occasionally happens. Here are my 25 favorite cover songs of the last 20-ish years. Just the last … Continue reading

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Take Cover: Top Ten Bad Cover Songs

I am compiling a list of what I consider the 25 best cover songs of the last 20 years. I will post it soon. But first, here is my “Top Ten List of Notably Bad Covers” of that same period. … Continue reading

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