Category: Listening

  • Winter Mix

    Tonight is forecasted as our coldest so far. Bundle up. Hold a loved one. Grab a pet. I’ve finished another mix. This one is unexpectedly seasonal, or perhaps just thematically chilled out. I really intended it to be pretty up-tempo, good for driving and what not. But what started as another attempt at audible caffeine…

  • Listing Musicwise for 2004

    The year is dwindling. As such, it is time for me to over-presume the importance of my own opinion by listing ten albums that were the best that 2004 had to offer. So here we go, in no particular order: Saul Williams – Saul Williams George Michael – Patience (Listen to “Patience”) Brian Wilson –…

  • Returning from the Long Weekend

    Thursday was Veteran’s Day. I had to work. My wife did not. Vet’s Day is one of those selective national holidays, optional to most corporations and mandatory to federal establishments. So it goes. For me, it is no trouble to remember the veterans in my family. My grandfather was in France in The Great War.…

  • Your Own Personal DJ

    I’ll find a better and more permanent place for this later, but check it out and see what you think. radio.blog is a rather innovative way to present tracks without the risk of ruffling RIAA-related feather. All you need to do is click track one and listen. You’ll get about an hour or so of…

  • A Very Purposeful Compilation

    If you’ve known me long, then you know how I am. Not satisfied with music as it comes, I love to reorganize and reintroduce. Some songs just sound better with other accompaniment or surrounded by unfamiliar ideas. I’ve been doing it since high school. I was crouched in my room, manning the soft pause of…

  • Identification, Please

    I love our local college radio station. Really. Sure, I’ve made fun of the occasional sleepy DJ, of course. And why must they always fall back on that one phrase? “Let’s get back into the music now with …” But if you truly want a break from mass-produced pop, there’s nothing better. Last Wednesday, around…

  • Back in the Mix

    It’s been two years. Wow. Almost to the day. Two years ago, I participated in a couple of online mix-CD swaps, and now I’m doing it again. This year’s Spring Mix is another of the non-stop variety, marked by my obsessive need to connect each track to the next track like legos or tinker-toys. I’ll…

  • back to ohio

    “I’m not sure what happened, but while we were recording OHIO, we made peace finally with the idea that this music has a lot to do with why we’re here. Writing and recording songs is just what we do, and I think we’re letting go of the suspicion that maybe there is something more important…

  • back to the cafe with jeff

    apart from the debut album itself, one of the finest recordings of jeff buckley has to be the 1993 EP called live at sin-e’ — it is also teasingly brief, weighing in at only four tracks. but those tracks are simply amazing. the opening guitar riff to “eternal life” is so spare, so matter-of-fact, it…

  • just talking about rufus

    she: so what is he trying to do now? write a musical? me: i think rufus is always writing musicals. every single song is its own little musical. (go give a listen to mr. wainwrights’s latest.)