Archive for the ‘music’ Category

I always look forward to writing year-end reviews and round-ups. And then I always sit down to do them and they always take significantly more time and energy than I am prepared to spend writing them. At any rate, and without further ado, let’s see how 2009 stacked up. You Can’t Even Begin to Know […]


It’s been one of those days where I feel like, if Nashville was a person, I’d be in love with him. The sun is out, it’s cold enough to see my breath in the air, and getting my Christmas shopping done feels like fun. Bookman/Bookwoman was toasty warm and I found a leather-bound, Oxford University […]


A few weeks ago, I decided to text Lis a late-night plea for advice: The Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You or David Bazan’s Curse Your Branches? They each had something going for them: Bazan’s new album has the fabulous “Harmless Sparks” and the Avett Brothers’ title track had popped up on the radio […]


Here’s a first in my quote-unquote writing career: I wrote most of this post on a cocktail napkin with a pen I borrowed from the bartender because I decided to leave all but my ID and my phone at home last night. I’d been on the fence all week about going to see Bell x1 […]


So I was supposed to start this new thing tomorrow where I wake up at 4:45 and swim for an hour and a half before work, but my veins are a-buzz with electricity and my ears are still ringing from what I’m officially declaring The Best Gig of My Life. So it looks like the […]


“It’s not lying; it’s looking at things a different way.” Some people were raised on rock ‘n’ roll, and while I was to a point, too, I was mostly raised on musical theater. My grandmother was always involved in some drama guild or other, and during the years we spent living with her, our bedtime […]


My love for Grimey’s New and Preloved Music knows no bounds. In the midst of the Great Broken Car Saga of last week, I wandered in the record store on 8th Ave South to attempt some music therapy. I left with The Weakerthans’ Reunion Tour LP and The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife LP, which, for […]