David Weigel’s new book on the rise and fall of prog rock is an excellent journey into one of the weirdest eras of popular music.
Housing, Law, Work, Brainwork, and Art!
Surely the the Scissor Sisters’ “Lights” is the platonic ideal of a bop.
Words are hard.
Burt and Natasha Likko prepare for a Thanksgiving feast that promises to be a bit… eccentric.
Two of the three B’s.
Technology! And the finer things…
Stuff you shouldn’t forget to do. Even if you’re just a lurker.
Old poetry is laden with the baggage of centuries of hidden metaphor and archaic references. New poetry is prone to abstraction and whimsical laziness. But poetry deserves our consideration as an art form nonetheless. After all, all the music we love is poetry, and all the fun little things we can do with language are best done in poetic form.
Atomic geography would really like you to enjoy this song, unsatisfactory as this post may be…
One of rock’s greatest keyboardists has taken his own life.
Or, an opportunity to meditate upon our ambiguous legal history and its uncomfortable place in contemporary political life.
The memoir of an East L.A. barrio girl turned punk rock legend.
What is the future of higher education? Face to Face? Online? One veteran practitioner’s opinion informed by experience.
Just because you like Van Halen doesn’t mean your cat does.
Records are a flat circle.
You get three songs. Go!
There’s the world, and then there’s the world of sex.
Dan’s got ’em.
Burt Likko nearly cheats on his abstention vows.
Yep, this one has been stuck in my head all week.
Warning: Sacred cow slaughterhouse.
I was told there’d be none.
Reinventing the wheel is overrated.
Prepare to waste some time.
An auditory treat, if not an olfactory one.
Have you ever been lukewarm on something (or even outright disliked it), only to revisit it later and realize how wrong you were?
When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.
Recursive repetition of things that occur more than once, in the same and different orders, multiple times, repeatedly.
The song, not the singer.
If you were getting only one album from the original early-nineties ‘shoegazing’ scene, it should be MBV’s Loveless – but if you were getting two, you should get this one also.
A great song is a great song is a great song, no matter your age.
Ignorant protesters successfully censor an art exhibition in Boston.
Hearing things in a new way.
Film composer James Horner died earlier today in a plane crash in California’a Los Padres National Forest. May he rest in peace.