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Spiritualized – Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Spac

Jul 01, 2022 By Austin Saalman

One of popular music’s most fascinating breakup records, English space rock group Spiritualized’s third album Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space affectingly explores the coldest annals of human loss and longing, weaving together a saga of somnolent heartache and soft perseverance. More

David Bowie – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…”

Jun 16, 2022 By Austin Saalman

The apocalypse, as predicted throughout much of art and literature, is to be an extravagant event: the ultimate destruction of an inherently flawed planet, a bombastic pageant of thunder and hellfire, the huddling populace its unwilling centerpiece. David Bowie, while recording his fifth studio album during a tumultuous era not dissimilar to our own, surely recognized this, as the late rock icon’s vision of the end times arrived sprinkled with glitter and wound in spandex. More

Roxy Music – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Roxy Music”

Jun 16, 2022 By Austin Saalman

A seminal year in glam, 1972 yielded the releases of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, T. Rex’s The Slider, and Lou Reed’s Transformer, each record advancing the evolving sound of rock and steering youth culture away from the earthy optimism of the previous decade, ushering in an era in which popular culture’s eschatology was dictated by sexuality, decadence, and high fashion. More

Radiohead – Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of “OK Computer”

Jun 02, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Radiohead’s third studio album served not only to usurp its predecessors, but to alter our understanding of modern music as well. More

Last Goodbye: Some Notes on the Death and Legacy of Jeff Buckley

May 31, 2022 By Austin Saalman

A fascinating American pop cultural fable, yet to receive a worthy cinematic adaptation, the life and career of Jeff Buckley is as saturated in fate’s cruel indifference as his music. More

Randy Newman – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Sail Away”

May 23, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Randy Newman’s lyrical ferocity has always underscored his lush orchestral soundscapes, their rich and intricate pop melodies juxtaposed with grim narratives of dysfunctional personalities, including unrepentant bigots, lushes, television junkies, child murderers, warmongers, and ultimately, Vladimir Putin. More

Funkadelic – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “America Eats Its Young”

May 23, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Funkadelic’s first album not to be recorded in its hometown of Detroit, America Eats Its Young serves as a dramatic departure from its timeless predecessor Maggot Brain. More

The Rolling Stones – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Exile on Main St.”

May 12, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Nearly two years in the making, The Rolling Stones’ sprawling double LP Exile on Main St. was greeted with mixed reviews upon its release, Rolling Stone’s Lenny Kaye lamenting, “The great Stones album of their mature period is yet to come.” Indeed, the album felt to some like a backward stumble, rather than the great leap forward anticipated in the wake of the previous year’s masterful Sticky Fingers. More

Something Corporate – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “Leaving Through the Window”

May 09, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Behind Southern California’s “orange curtain,” the youthful inhabitants of Orange County’s suburban blocks were no less partial to the spell of punk rock ennui than were their neighbors in San Diego and Los Angeles. From within this temperate tranquility of sun, surf, and straight-laced American living, underrated alt rock outfit Something Corporate emerged with its sophomore album and major-label debut Leaving Through the Window—a warm concoction of guitar-heavy pop-punk and emotive piano rock, charmingly complemented by frontman Andrew McMahon’s naive boy-next-door lyrical sensitivity. More