Saturday Night at Church

I was sitting so close I could never get all four performers — Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, and Shawn Colvin — in a single shot. I was sitting so close, in fact, that the only two people in the theater sitting closer to Emmylou were Patty and Buddy (sorry Shawn).

Jan 13, 2008
Category: Music

2007 Mix CD

18 songs from 18 albums I enjoyed this year.

Dec 19, 2007
Category: Mix Tapes, Music

In Rainbows

Couldn’t find any official cover art, so I’m going with this.

Oct 10, 2007
Category: Music

David Byrne Does K-Town

“At the Holiday Inn in Knoxville, I saw a sign for the historic town center. Thinking it might contain some character and restaurants, we head there in search of dinner. There’s no one on the streets — not metaphorically, but literally not a single soul is out and it’s not even 8 o’clock.”

Sep 28, 2007
Category: Music


“I think it’s Mars Volta. . . . Rush for the new millennium.”

Jul 6, 2007
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Friday Five: Want-To-See Concerts

What are your Top 5 To-See Concerts?

Jun 1, 2007
Category: Music

Mix CD: It’s Beautiful Now

I made this mix for a group of friends, nearly all of whom are about a half-generation older than I am. We all grew up listening to the same music, though. They bought vinyl in the new releases bin; I saw the reunion tours.

Apr 12, 2007
Category: Mix Tapes, Music

By the Time It Gets Dark

First great show of 2007: Lambchop and Yo La Tengo. Unfortunately, YLT’s last visit to Knoxville was memorable for reasons having little to do with the amazing music that was played that night. But they came back anyway, God bless ’em, and this time they played to a large and rapt audience at the Bijou. […]

Feb 3, 2007
Category: Music, Song of the Moment

Mix: Needle Drops

This mix began with a single iTunes download. My all-time favorite needle drop accompanies my favorite sequence in what also happens to be my favorite film, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror.

Nov 13, 2006
Category: Mix Tapes, Music, Song of the Moment

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

William Wyler’s The Big Country (1958) is one of those westerns about men proving themselves in the unforgiving and sublime conditions of the American southwest.

Oct 12, 2006
Category: Music, Song of the Moment