R.I.P. Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones was the living embodiment of dancing in the face of death. I was lucky enough to see her strut her shit across the stage multiple times, but I’m so glad I was able to introduce my dad to her talent when she played with Valerie June a couple years back, as well as witness her steal the show from… Read more →

Goodbye to the legendary Leonard Cohen

It was 1988 when my dad brought home the I’m Your Man CD. I was used to him listening to classic rock, contemporary country, and (don’t judge him) Michael Bolton, so my 11-year-old ears were not prepared for the sounds of L. Cohen. That booming voice, the angelic backup singers, the horns and the poetry. My friends and I would play… Read more →

A Fun Fun Fun Recap

Music festivals usually end up being something less than the sum of their parts.  Whether it be a hot summer day in a park or a week long event spread across multiple venues throughout a city, the anticipation and planning is usually a lot more fun than the reality — a reality that consists of short sets, less than ideal… Read more →

Belgian Beer Break

With the exception of a quick recap of the Cold Specks performance at Feeërieën 2012, this is not a music post. This is more along the lines of a personal travel blog, so maybe it doesn’t belong on this site, but it’s my site and I can do whatever I want with it.  And I figure most of my followers are… Read more →

taking a break in Belgium…

In 2002 I took the train from Amsterdam to Brussels for the day. The World Cup was happening in Japan. Belgium had just beat Russia 3-2, sending them on to the Round of 16. They would be beat 2-0 by Brazil three days later, but on this particular day, there wasn’t an unhappy face in the city. I don’t recall exactly what I did all day — Read more →

R.I.P. Tony Sly

1970 – 2012 Tony Sly, the lead singer for Bay Area punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away at the age of 41.  Details have yet to be released, but Fat Wreck Chords announced his death earlier today.  No Use For A Name were among an assortment of bands who ruled the all ages scene in California… Read more →

FFF2012: The Line-Up + Playlist

Having been a huge advocate for the Fun Fun Fun Fest ever since I discovered it in 2009, I will say I’m a little disappointed in the line-up this year.  I really, really wanted to see At The Drive-In!  That being said, it always takes a little time to fully comprehend the list every year.  In 2009 I was drawn… Read more →

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

1928 – 2012 Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, died this morning due to complications of a stroke.  He was 83 years old.  Looking back on his life’s work, I realize I only knew him for Where The Wild Things Are, which serves as quite a testament to how strong of an impact that book had on… Read more →

R.I.P. Adam Yauch (MCA)

1964 – 2012 Adam Yauch has died.  He was 47 years old.  The man known as MCA was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009 and today he succumbed to the disease.  Yauch was one third of the Beastie Boys — the group who started out punk before enraging parents in suburbs all over the country with Licensed To Ill, an… Read more →