just so you know

I obsess over this song for most of the winter:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPr_iXsTO8&hl=en&fs=1]

bandpimp, part 2

Yesterday I bought a new album on iTunes. It’s rare – I generally don’t buy whole albums anymore, with the advent of this pay-as-you-go styled music delivery. In the past few months, I’ve only bought three entire albums – Radiohead’s In Rainbows was the first, followed by De Luxe’s Mary’s Got Seven But I’ve Got […]

because we don’t really apprentice anymore.

Major hat tip to Emari for this interesting bit of news: ArtsVote, a program of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, has released the summary of 2008 Presidential Candidates Arts Positions. (I feel like there should be an apostrophe in there somewhere). An overview: The McCain / Palin statement, which registers at exactly 4 […]

musical beginnings

On Sunday night, I picked up a keyboard on a sort of indefinite loan from Mike:While it’s no electric Wurlitzer or fancy Steinway, I’m more than happy to have it in my home. I’m attempting to give myself lessons again – when I was younger, I took lessons for several years and learned some fairly […]

gnarls barkley femmes it up

This morning on the way to work, I heard a Gnarls Barkley cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Gone Daddy Gone.” It was pretty damn good – I was impressed. The cover was fairly faithful to the original, down to the xylophones. The major difference, of course, was in voice. On the Femmes version, the inimitable […]


While in Sacramento this summer, my brother took me to Old Ironsides, a dark little pub at 10th & S Streets where there the music is good, the crowd is eclectic, and the beer is cheap and delicious. Apparently Old I is A Place To Be when you’re a musician in Sacramento, and their open […]

look what you’ve done to me.

The song I am currently listening to on repeat (and have set as my ringtone): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFTaCPShfqw&hl=en&fs=1] Thanks to Kerri for making me obsessed with it.(the video is kind of lame)

Are we not formed, as notes of music are, for one another, though dissimilar?

Spending several days in a row with my brother – most often preceded, and then followed by, long droughts without him – is always a little surreal. It’s strange, after months of not seeing him or hearing his voice, to remember how much and how little I can know about another person at the same […]

It’s Friday, a day that ends in “y.” You know what that means?

That means it’s time for another celebrity to say something incredibly stupid. Meet Usher.He’s hot:He’s cool:He’s sensitive:He’s a talented singer, with a history to prove it: 30 million records sold, 5 Grammy awards and a record label of his own. He’s also apparently an idiot. In a cover story interview for the July issue of […]

i’ll cover you in 10,000 kisses.

I’m not a music critic. I’m not a music journalist. I don’t know the technical terms for most things involved with music. I know genres – but only sort of. I’ve been called a music elitist (though not to my face). I may not know much about music, but I know what I like. And […]