The Tao of Wow

How downloading reconnected me with my inner record-collecting child

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Don’t get me wrong: There is nothing tedious or unpleasant about my job as music critic, and I still have a great abiding love for music in all its complex and sometimes baffling forms. In a lot of ways, I think the problem is that, as a working journalist, I am overinformed. And now my son has introduced me to the world of downloading. Wow.  

Holly Williams, Big Star, Candye Kane and Clock Hands Strangle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I'm once again foregoing my vinyl burn this week and keeping the reviews on the light side. Next week looks to be absolutely packed with titles (a quick count reveals at least 14 discs and a DVD in the stacks that I could cover). This week I check out new CDs from Holly Williams, Candye Kane and Clock Hands Strangle and two reissues from Big Star.  

Jerk Music, Used Music and Boycotted Music

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
When Minimum Gauge first read the Los Angeles Times article on a new genre of music called “Jerk,” we thought, “Hmmm, seems odd Gene Simmons would merit an entire genre of music.” Turns out, Jerk is actually a Hip Hop subgenre that bubbled up from L.A. a couple of years ago.  

Sonic Youth, Adam Freeland, Slim Twig, Rhett Miller and Chuck Prophet

0 Comments · Friday, June 12, 2009
They can put a man on the moon, so why can't someone engineer the 30-hour day? Between writing and planning to write and the administration of my writing and downloading and listening and that other devourer of time, family life, the only thing left to cut into is sleep. Here's what I've been listening to this week: new albums from Sonic Youth, Adam Freeland, Slim Twig, Rhett Miller and Trey Anastasio and classic vinyl from Chuck Prophet.  

Michelle Shocked, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Chris Gaffney and Hatcham Social

0 Comments · Friday, May 29, 2009
This week's posting has been winnowed by a killer combination of my MidPoint Music Festival judging duties and a long holiday weekend, so try to contain your disappointment at the shortage of reviews. This week I tackle new releases from Michelle Shocked, Viva Voce, Maurice Mattei & the Tempers, Chris Gaffney, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women and Hatcham Social.  

'The Music Should Speak for Itself'

Female musicians discuss gender, Rock & Roll and the local music scene

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker: a simplistic drawing of a baby chicken above the words “Chicks Rock.” Well, that statement couldn’t be truer in the case of Lisa Walker and Margaret Darling, the female faces behind local bands Wussy and The Seedy Seeds, respectively.  

The Silver Ain't Just in the Anniversary

Celebrate my 25th year of covering music by helping me install a bathtub railing

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As I looked at the calendar recently, considering the dozens of ways I might disappoint my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary this summer, I was struck by a rather startling revelation. I realized that the year we were married was the same year that I started writing about Cincinnati music.   

A Day To Remember with The Devil Wears Prada

May 1 - Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
With an idea to do something distinctly different, A Day to Remember assembled six years ago from the ashes of a variety of other bands in the flourishing Metal/Punk scene around Ocala, Fla.  

The Hands Across Basements Fest

Returning for a second year of underground Punk goodness

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Maybe The Ramones said it best on the seventh track of their 1976 debut album: “Hey daddyo/I don’t wanna go down/To the basement/There’s somethin’ down there.” Imagine the place these primal punks were conjuring up: A damp, dimly lit underground room in an ancient house with a low-hung ceiling.  

MidPoint Music Festival Submissions Closing Soon

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The final deadline to be considered for a performance slot at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival (returning to Downtown this Sept. 24-26) is Friday, May 1. Get thee to mpmf.com to submit. There have also been a couple of other MPMF09 developments. The first performer for the fest has been announced — ex-Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit