Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett sounds like somebody you might know. Well, somebody you might know if you had more Australian friends, and one of those friends was a widely revered alt-rock guitarrist with a knack for making the mundane seem magical. What I’m trying to say is that even though Courtney is an accomplished, complex songwriter and…

Radiohead: First Listen

This is a very different post than I’ve done before on this site.  A little over a week ago Radiohead released their 9th album, “A Moon Shaped Pool”.  Shortly afterwards, this happened: This 8 year old music aficionado provided the definitive review of the record, which at times reminded him of “Kung Fu Panda”. For those…

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas would write some incredible short stories. He is a much stronger writer than I am, so I will let him introduce himself with a selection from his stellar song, “Bed Bugs”. He sings: These days I’m only saying something if I’m swaying That’s the only time it doesn’t feel like I’m explaining So if you…

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts make post-garage band music. They are a 4 piece band who moved from Texas to Brooklyn, with 2 guitars, a lead singer, a bass, and drums.  The basics.   Like your  traditional garage band, they rely on distorted guitar effects, loud power chords played in simple patterns, and shout-sung vocals. What Parquet Courts does…

Father John Misty

Father John Misty is a rotten apple. He seems so enticing until you put in just enough effort to break the skin.  Then, you recoil from the bitter, mushy, rancid middle. His birth name is Josh Tillman, and his style is grandiose folk singing.  His songs would not be out of place on many people’s “Mountain Drive”…