What should I be doing instead of this?

The National, Hoodoo Gurus, Kris Kristofferson, Sage Francis, Otis Taylor and Marco Benevento

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
Before I push on to this week's album reviews, I feel compelled to add my condolences to the many thousands being offered in the wake of Ronnie James Dio's passing. As a teenager discovering FM radio in the '70s, I came across a sound one night that was unlike anything I'd heard before: blazing hard rock guitars, thundering bass, hall-of-the-mountain-king drumming and, rising above it all, that soaring, otherworldly voice. The DJ announced it as a song from the new Elf album, and I had a new favorite band. His later work with Rainbow and the resurrected Black Sabbath cemented Dio's place in music history.  

Patterson Hood, LANDy, Foreign Born, Tortoise and More

0 Comments · Monday, June 29, 2009
There's a great passage in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' where Chief Bromden explains how Big Nurse controls the clocks in the hospital, tormenting the patients by slowing the by slowing the clock down during the majority of the week and then speeding it up during visiting hours. It's also indicative of my life lately; I never seem to have enough time. Still, I'm here to discuss new CDs from Patterson Hood, LANDy, Otis Taylor, Foreign Born, Lemonheads and Tortoise and a new film of The Turtles' wild ride in the 1960s.