March 11, 2022

A Quick Trip Out West with Orville Peck

Unlike rock stars, most country artists have great voices. There are outliers whose voices were more unique than great, such as Johnny Cash, but the vast majority of country artists have control, tone, and timbre that rock stars often do not. Orville Peck’s voice stands out even among the country greats. He has a warm baritone with a big range that sounds somewhere between The […]

March 7, 2022

I Get A Kick From The New Foxes Album

Dance pop artist Louisa Rose Allen i.e., Foxes has always stood out from the pack of usually bland dance music. Her brand of pop music is both upbeat and up-tempo. Unlike a lot of dance pop, she has always avoided the worst tropes of pop (no vocoders!) and delivers a great singable, danceable melody on top of her synths and beats. Her new album The […]

February 24, 2022

Sarah Shook Roams the Night

I very much love Sarah Shook. Her music is a mix of traditional country, americana, and rock; She is as close to a throwback as exists in modern country music. Her songs are filled with heartache, sadness, and longing but also resilience. Her best work revolves around lost and traumatic love. To listen to Sarah Shook is to dive deep into the morass of the […]

February 9, 2022

Los Bitchos Sure Know How to Party

I like a lot of unusual music styles. If music is the spice of life, I like my life as hot as extra hot chicken wings. (No, I won’t say Buffalo Wings. That’s not what we say here in Buffalo.) The weirder and more unique, the better. Most of the time, however, it’s much easier to describe music by tossing it into a category that […]

February 3, 2022

Pomme Est Ma Nouvelle Musique Préférée

I freely admit that I used Bing’s Translate function for the title. The French I have left from high school is not good enough for me to write a good title in French. I attribute my lack of language skills to one of the failures of American culture – our parochialism. American culture has become so dominant in entertainment that you rarely need to understand […]

February 1, 2022

Bits of Bonobos

Electronic music artist Simon Green’s, Bonobos project is modern twist on classic electronica. Bonobos is retro dance in some ways. For example, it uses classic sequencers and samples more than is typical in modern electronic music. This gives an overall analog sound to the music that is often lacking in modern electronica, especially EDM. In addition to the use of retro techniques, the structure of […]

January 21, 2022

AURORA Is Back With a Vengeance

I have to admit that I approached the new AURORA album, The Gods We Can Touch, with deep trepidation. AURORA is one of my favorite modern artists. She’s quirky and dramatic. This makes her exciting to listen to unlike much of the formulaic pop on the market. After hearing some of her more recent singles, especially some of the acoustic remixes, I was worried that […]

January 4, 2022

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

In 1967, Sandy Denny, then with the band The Strawbs, asked the question “Who Knows Where the Time Goes? ” Certainly not me. Just in the last year, I recovered from brain surgery and retired from the computer tech world. I then started the podcast “Tunes Past to Present”, with the working title of “New Music for Old Farts.” That project was abandoned a few […]

December 13, 2021

Sarah Shook Goes All WTF

I’ve made no secret of how much I love Sarah Shook and the Disarmers. Sidelong was one of my favorite albums of the late 2010s, Years was an excellent follow up (no sophomore slump here), and her set at the Great Blue Heron Festival was one of the highlights of my entire 2019 summer. So, when she recently started dropping some new tunes I was […]