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Beyond the End: Some Notes on the Enduring Significance of Jimmy Buffett

Sep 06, 2023

My dad likes to say that he earned his PhD (Parrot Head Degree) as an eighth grader in Tell City, Indiana, after purchasing a copy of Jimmy Buffett’s then-recently released eighth album Son of a Son of a Sailor at a local bait shop/record store.

Awesome Con 2023

Aug 22, 2023

Karen Gillan has come a long way since her two-and-a-half seasons playing Amy Pond, companion to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, in Doctor Who. Of all the actors to appear on the show over the last 60 years, the Scottish redhead has had the most successful Hollywood career since leaving Doctor Who.

The Verve – Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “A Storm in Heaven”

Jun 22, 2023

During seven weeks at Sawmills Studio on the River Fowey in Golant, Cornwall, four young men in the band Verve (singer Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe were only 21 years old) recorded their debut album with producer John Leckie, who had previously worked as an audio engineer for Pink Floyd in the 1970s. These seven weeks of recording resulted in 10 tracks that are deeply numinous and often oceanic.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of “Adore”

Jun 20, 2023

In the hazy aftermath of 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness—The Smashing Pumpkins’ bestselling, era-defining magnum opus once dubbed “The Wall for Gen X”—public expectations for the group either to replicate or surpass its now-fabled maximalist masterpiece were high. For the Pumpkins, such expectations would prove challenging to meet, as Mellon Collie had been a tremendous commercial and critical success for the influential Chicago-based alt rock idols.

Phantom Planet – Reflecting on the 15th Anniversary of “Raise the Dead”

Jun 12, 2023

Phantom Planet’s first album not to feature drummer and founding member Jason Schwartzman, who departed the group in 2003 to focus on his acting career, Raise the Dead finds the versatile Los Angeles-based power pop outfit treading far darker water than on its previous three releases.

David Bowie – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Aladdin Sane”

Apr 20, 2023

Perhaps the strongest release of his iconic “glam rock” phase, which spanned from roughly 1971 to 1974, David Bowie’s sixth studio album Aladdin Sane serves as a divine culmination of his various creative aspirations. Described by Bowie at the time of its release as “Ziggy under the influence of America,” Aladdin Sane was heavily influenced by Bowie’s extensive U.S. tour in support of his monumental mainstream breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, released the previous June.

R.E.M. - Reflecting On The 40th Anniversary Of “Murmur”

Apr 13, 2023 Web Exclusive

1982 was a turning point for R.E.M. That year, the Athens, Georgia-based four-piece teamed up with producer Mitch Easter to release an EP, Chronic Town, which showcased a dramatic improvement in the band’s burgeoning skills. But this would just be a taste of what was to come the following year. In 1983, R.E.M. delivered something truly magical with their proper full-length debut, Murmur.

Violent Femmes - Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Violent Femmes”

Apr 13, 2023 Web Exclusive

Situated among other greats from 1983 like ZZ Top’s Eliminator and Def Leppard’s Pyromania, the Femmes’ self-titled debut record sticks out like the sorest of thumbs. Violent Femmes was not “produced,” it was “recorded” with none of the tomfoolery which nails much of the music from that era to a precise moment in time.