This Playlist consists of songs I have intended to write about for a while but for whatever reason have yet to make it out of my notebook and onto the blog. So I thought I would package them up into a nice little playlist and discharge my curatorial duties in one fell swoop!
In the car the other day, rock music blaring at inappropriately loud volumes as it always is, my nine-year-old son somehow made himself heard over the frenzied outro of “Baba O’Riley.” “Papa, what’s your favorite band?” he shouted. It was a Rorschach moment.
I was unmoved when the Clash broke up, believing Joe Strummer had nothing left in the tank. I was wrong. The Mescaleros showcase Strummer in top form.
Gregg Allman says that Blackberry Smoke “is gonna put Southern Rock back on the map.” With Holding All the Roses, the band may have proven him right.
This playlist is guaranteed to get you fired up for the start of school (or at least fired up). It’s filled with tracks about summer love, books, history, and teenage romance, all leading, inevitably, to songs of teenage angst.
Wondering what it will feel like to see The Replacements again after almost 30 years. Will I be back in high school, before my father died, before Gomez died, before the weight of adulthood bore down so ferociously?
I will admit it: I gave up on U2 a long time ago. They are like an old friend that I’ve lost touch with through the years. But a recent concert reminded me of why U2 is still one of my favorite bands.
A revisiting of The Boomtown Rats’ 1979 classic, “The Fine Art of Surfacing,” reveals an album that remains relevant lyrically and musically.
On the way to work the other day, I experienced a powerful musical juxtaposition involving Anthony D’Amato’s “Holy War.”
Anthony D’Amato’s music is a cross between early Bob Dylan folk and Bruce Springsteen rock. His lyrics are both un-apologetically earnest and, at times, playfully droll.