5 essential rainy day albums: The Jayhawks, Sarah McLachlan, Khruangbin, Johnny Cash and The Cure

It's Saturday and the sky has finally opened up over Durham. After a really good deluge this morning, it's dreary, drizzly and a perfect day to stay in and listen to records. To make the most of it, you have to choose the right music for the mood. Lucky for you, I've got five suggestions … Continue reading 5 essential rainy day albums: The Jayhawks, Sarah McLachlan, Khruangbin, Johnny Cash and The Cure

August 2021 Bandcamp Friday suggestions: ZENKA, Information Society, Harmony Woods, The Robotic Hands of God & more

Once again, Bandcamp Friday is upon us. It's a good time to snag anything you've had your eye on from Bandcamp, and if you haven't had your eye on anything? Well, I have suggestions! Each single or album has a rating, using a modified Robert Christgau scale. Also check out my earlier recommendations from March. … Continue reading August 2021 Bandcamp Friday suggestions: ZENKA, Information Society, Harmony Woods, The Robotic Hands of God & more

Listen to this: Mdou Moctar, Foo Fighters go disco, Andy Summers w/Robert Fripp

Something old, something new, there's something in today's music roundup for everybody. "Afrique Victime": Mdou Moctar "Afrique Victime" is going straight into heavy rotation at my house. Most of the time when I listen to new music, I can sort it into one of three categories: "no thanks," "so-so," and "I might like this." After … Continue reading Listen to this: Mdou Moctar, Foo Fighters go disco, Andy Summers w/Robert Fripp

Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought

At least once a week when I'm reading, or editing, copy related to work I'll skim over something and realize that what I just read makes no sense. Sure, the words are used properly. The paragraph is composed of sentences that seem grammatically correct. But if you stop to think about what the copy is … Continue reading Three sentences in a trench coat pretending to be a coherent thought