Dream to the Rhythm

A brilliant Grace Jones and David Bowie mashup.

Jun 3, 2012
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Why I don’t read (or write) music reviews

“It’s music inspired by Disney films.” — Annie Clark on her new album, Actor (recorded as St. Vincent)

May 9, 2009
Category: Music


Each day in March I’m going to Blip a song. 31 days, 31 songs, ordered sequentially. I’ll update this post throughout the month, and you can also follow this little experiment on and Twitter. Each song will remain available online as long as Blip is able to find them. The blipiography is a fleeting gesture, I guess.

Mar 2, 2009
Category: Music

2008 Mix

If the Side A/Side B thing seems pretentious, there’s at least a little method to my (nostalgic) madness. See, ideally, one who listens to this mix will take a short break after Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam.” Frankly, I don’t know how anyone could hear that song and not need to stand up, walk around, pour a stiff drink, smoke a cigarette, something.

Dec 31, 2008
Category: Mix Tapes, Music

Strange Waters: A Conversation with Bruce Cockburn

A recent post at Pop Dose devoted to “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” reminded me of this interview I did with Bruce Cockburn nearly four years ago.

Oct 10, 2008
Category: Music

Riff Raff

I bought Powerage rather than one of the other, more obvious choices because it includes “Riff Raff,” hands-down my favorite AC/DC song. There’s much to love about this song — the opening crescendo, Angus’s riffs, the driving 8th-note bassline, the unimpeachable beauty of a 3-chord song

Jul 30, 2008
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Seeking Suggestions: Great Guitar Songs

If an alien landed on your doorstep and asked you what a guitar sounds like, what songs would you play?

Jul 6, 2008
Category: Music

Seven Songs

The Seven Songs “Boots of Spanish Leather” by Bob Dylan “Inside a Boy” by My Brightest Diamond “Spirits (Having Flown)” by Bee Gees “A Letter to Both Sides” by The Fixx “Elegie in C Minor, Op. 24” by Gabriel Faure “Tel Que Tu Es” by Charlotte Gainsbourg “Revolution Earth” by The B-52s Bob Dylan Professor […]

Jun 6, 2008
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Magic and Loss

How’s this for a strange association? While marveling at Lou Reed’s performance Wednesday night, I kept thinking of Michel Subor.

May 2, 2008
Category: Film, Music

40 Hours in 18 Images and 3 Songs

The Duke Spirit, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sonic Youth, and Last Year at Marienbad.

Apr 27, 2008
Category: Film, Music