Another year with nuthin’ to do: Best of 1969

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Everyone Knows This is Nowhere Miles Davis – In a Silent Way The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis Sly and the Family Stone – Stand! Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline The Stooges – The Stooges Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother theContinue reading “Another year with nuthin’ to do: Best of 1969”

Florida — the state with the prettiest name, Part #239!

To say that the Sunshine State has endured the stupidest primary election of my lifetime sounds precipitate, given that the state isn’t underwater yet and the Democratic Party sees no alternative to running Charlie Crist templates until Gainesville condo owners see the Atlantic lapping at their ground floor balconies; but any election in which PatrickContinue reading “Florida — the state with the prettiest name, Part #239!”

Look at Mother Nature on the run: Best of 1970

Notes: I don’t own any Black Sabbath except Paranoid but have no opinion. Leave me alone! After years of limiting her writing to a couple tunes per album, Aretha Franklin looked over at the burgeoning singer-songwriter movement and said, “Here it is.” I love the swing of Spirit in the Dark: the cover of “TheContinue reading “Look at Mother Nature on the run: Best of 1970”

Seconds of pleasure: Britney Spears and Lydia Loveless

Britney Spears – Glory For readers who buy music, splurge on the deluxe edition: you need “If I’m Dancing.” Anchored by a hornet’s buzz hooked up to six thousand amps, this extra track has the star singing at the end of her register, or programmed to sound like she is; the confusion is the pointContinue reading “Seconds of pleasure: Britney Spears and Lydia Loveless”

The debts you make you have to pay: Best of 1971

“Seminal” doesn’t come close to describing this year. To consider omitting There’s a Riot Going On and Who’s Next would mean, I guess, I’m uncomfortable with a certain kind of murk-funk and the kind of halitosis confused with hyperemotionalism, respectively; but like Live-Evil, also included, There’s a Riot still fascinates me as aural object. WeContinue reading “The debts you make you have to pay: Best of 1971”

Hit you with a flower: the best albums of 1972

I’m not fond of the Funkadelic and Waylon Jennings on this list, but these formative records captured the kind of aesthetic tumult that makes for compelling listening if uneven product. The rest are awesome, starting with the best singer-songwriter album on this list and it’s not recorded in America or England. Expect to see moreContinue reading “Hit you with a flower: the best albums of 1972”

Juan Gabriel — RIP

American audiences have no more than a passing acquaintance — I’m being kind — with the biggest international star that Mexico ever produced. This behemoth, whose talents made him his country’s Smokey Robinson, had a high, wracked balladeer’s tone and pitch that relished Juan Gabriel the Songwriter’s melodic changes. Until a documentary on Telemundo IContinue reading “Juan Gabriel — RIP”

GOP greet Clinton presidency with relief: it’s business as usual

Should Hillary Rodham Clinton take the oath of office next January, the GOP paladins whom she’s courting will return to their most comfortable posture: hating Clinton for not being a conservative, hating Clinton because she’s a Clinton. Check this dude out: “In any other election, the majority of national security Republicans would be going afterContinue reading “GOP greet Clinton presidency with relief: it’s business as usual”

Thank you thank you thank you: the best albums of 1973

Mott the Hoople – Mott Sly and the Family Stone – Fresh Roxy Music – Stranded Al Green – Call Me Yoko Ono – Approximately Infinite Universe John Prine – Sweet Revenge Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes David Bowie – Aladdin Sane The New York Dolls – The New York Dolls John Cale –Continue reading “Thank you thank you thank you: the best albums of 1973”

‘It’s never too late to learn from experience’

The GOP Master of Ceremonies has written about his latest attempt at cogitation, and in some instances words form themselves into sentences. Lately I’ve been thinking about experience. A lie. David Brooks doesn’t think. Besides, how does one “think about” experience? Donald Trump lacks political experience, and the ineptitude caused by his inexperience is evidentContinue reading “‘It’s never too late to learn from experience’”