Category Archives: Music

An Album I Love: Tape Deck Heart

Punk has never really been my thing. And I really can’t stand pop-friendly punk (I distinctly remember back in the ’90s wishing that Blink 182 would die in a fire). Beyond that, it also feels like I shouldn’t like the … Continue reading

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An Artist I Love: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Meet Alynda Lee Segarra: Segarra is a 26-year-old Puerto Rican girl who was born and raised in the Bronx. At the age of 17, though, she skipped out on the Big Apple and spent some time riding trains around the … Continue reading

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An Album I Love: Southeastern

At my office, it’s a tradition for everyone to share their top 10 songs of the year. When, just before Christmas, a coworker asked for my list, I responded, “I haven’t listened to a song released in 2013. I am … Continue reading

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The Soundtrack of My Life

A couple of weeks ago, my buddy Ethan linked to a story on NPR in which a writer chose six songs that would make for the soundtrack of her life. It’s an idea I’ve thought about often: If someone made … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Album Closing Songs

Last week, Juan and I did our Top 10 album opening tracks. This week, I’m back with my 10 favorite album closers. The criteria, at least for me, is a little bit different here. While an opening track is a … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Album Opening Songs

Remember when it was a big deal for a new album to drop? The street date was always Tuesday, and you’d walk to your local record store and pick up the CD/cassette/LP/whatever and listen to it straight through, see what … Continue reading

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An Artist I Love: the everybodyfields

Yes, their name is all lowercase. Yes, it pained the copy editor in me to leave the headline like that. But I’m willing to overlook it because I love this band so much. How much? On Friday night, I got … Continue reading

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Recap

I’ve got this really disgusting bruise on my leg … I got a stain on my favorite jacket … I think I might have an ulcer … So, yeah, Hardly Strictly was a success, as always. I elected to skip … Continue reading

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Five Bands I’m Excited to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

If you’ve never been to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, you’ve missed out. The festival, which takes over Golden Gate Park for the first weekend of October every year, was started in 2001 by billionaire financier and banjo hobbyist Warren Hellman. It’s … Continue reading

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On Gospel Music

I’ll just get this right out of the way: I think religions are dumb. All of them. People may laugh at Mormons and Scientologists and make fun of their obviously ridiculous origin stories, but the only difference between those myths … Continue reading

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