I've come to a crossroads recently. I write a blog post every week. It takes time. The last one was close to 2,000 words and required reading a book. For the past three years I've been writing full time, and so blogging can be a burden that cuts into this with no monetary rewards. This… Continue reading Become a Patron!
I don't want to make one of those click bait "the 90's had the best music EVER!!" posts. One can find really terrible music and really excellent music in any decade. It would be a futile task to claim one decade had the best music. I went down a strange rabbit hole the other day,… Continue reading Difficult Subject Matter in 90’s Song Lyrics
Let me tell you about a band you probably haven't heard of. Amber Run is an indie pop/rock band from Nottingham. I accidentally discovered them a little over a year ago on some random Google Play station (yes, I might have said, "OK Google, play good music" just to see what would happen). Amber Run's… Continue reading Amber Run: Pop Done Right
Steven Pressfield wrote a book called The War of Art back in 2002. Since then, it has risen to cult classic status in various art circles. The book spends some time defining something called the Resistance, and then it turns into a drill sergeant to push you through the Resistance. I want to argue that… Continue reading Whiplash and the Externalization of the Resistance
Bon Iver announced a new album to be released later this year. I thought I'd take some time to reflect on what it was like to hear his first album when I was twenty. I think most generations have some major cultural experience that it is hard to understand if you weren't experiencing it in… Continue reading On Experiencing Bon Iver at 20
The Dear Hunter is a band from Providence, RI, and I think they are criminally under-appreciated. It is essentially the work of one musician/composer: Casey Crescenzo. In 2006, they released the first album in the "Act" series, a six-album long epic story. Last year, in September, the fourth album in the series released. I listened… Continue reading The Dear Hunter: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
Björk has been quite a polarizing figure throughout the years. I used to absolutely love her music in the early 2000's. I thought Vespertine was a brilliant culmination in all the ideas she had been exploring. It was an album with palpable emotional output. It pushed the boundaries of accompaniment with grandiose and experimental orchestration… Continue reading Thoughts on Björk’s Vulnicura