Hollis Brown is a new band from NYC with an old sound. Any band naming itself after a Bob Dylan song and covering an entire Velvet Underground album is worth checking out.
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.
Some music just sounds better in certain settings. Like seeing an animal in its natural habitat instead of in a zoo. Over time, I have developed a musical geography of sorts, mapping the places where I hear certain songs more clearly and which, as a result, have become inextricably bound up with those songs in a way that is now impossible to untangle.
This Playlist is a sampling of tunes on my musical map, songs that have become inextricably linked with certain places.