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My 16 favorite albums of 2014

2014 was another stellar year for music. It started in January with a great album from Mogwai (Rave Tapes), and ended in December with the instant classic Black Messiah, from D’Angelo. Here’s the rundown of my favorite records: 1. FLYING LOTUS, You’re Dead! Death is a topic that can be untouchable – not many artists […]

Review: Prince, Art Official Age & PLECTRUMELECTRUM

Being a Prince fan can sometimes feel like being on a roller coaster. The highs are out of this world, but the lows are inevitable. For every great record like 3121, you’ll get a less-than-stellar album like Planet Earth, just one year later. But believe me, his two latest albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, […]

Somewhere in West London …

I have many favorite artists. Most of you know about the heavy hitters on my list: Prince, Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, PJ Harvey, Tori, Tribe. On that list as well is Kate Bush, and she’s making news because she performed her first concert in 35 years last night in London. It’s part of a 22 […]

My favorite 13 albums of 2013

13. Heiroglyphics – The Kitchen 12. Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience 11. Pearl Jam – lightning bolt 10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 9. Atoms for Peace – AMOK 8. Paul McCartney – New 7. Local Natives – Hummingbird 6. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest 5. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle 4. […]

Album review: David Bowie’s “The Next Day”

I’ve always been a little intimidated by David Bowie. His discography is massive. His reputation is legendary. His influence is immeasurable. So, where do you start when you want to listen to him? Like most people, I started with the Ziggy Stardust album. Beyond that, though, I was finding it hard to connect to his […]

When a musician grows older …

i have a strange fascination with growing old. at 36, i feel better than i’ve ever felt. people pump fear into your mind about age: they tell you that your 20s are your prime and your 50s are when you should start thinking about mortality. as prince sung, “what if time’s only reason is to […]