A.A. Bondy’s music is spare, dark and penetrating. Much of it features just Bondy on acoustic guitar singing of sadness and loss.
It is difficult to write about any aspect of Chilean culture without making reference to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. And so it is with music. This post features bands I learned about while spending six months in Chile.
I have always been a Neil Young fan, but this record gave me an entirely new appreciation of his artistry and place in the rock canon.
A revisiting of The Boomtown Rats’ 1979 classic, “The Fine Art of Surfacing,” reveals an album that remains relevant lyrically and musically.
A staple of my teenage radio-listening days was the “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” sets on WNEW in New York. This iteration features all female vocalists.
Because it so masterfully explores every seam in the bedrock of American music and then transcends them all in fashioning a new art form, Exile is the quintessential (and hands down best) Stones record.
I was jogging in the Oakland hills the other day, listening to a Pandora shuffle, when a version of Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” stopped me in my tracks and challenged my long-held theory of cover songs.