December 19, 2014

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Indy Rock Live Top 10 Books of 2014

I finished 77 books in 2014, which is right in line with my average the past few years. Another 30 or so I gave up on after my 50-75 page limit. I find it interesting to look back at the end of the year to see where my tastes veered. A horror kick morphed into an interest in old noir. I upped my graphic novel intake while diminishing the time I spent on fantasy and sci-fi. Non-fiction was non-existent. If November and December are any indication, … [Read More...]


Indy Rock Live Top 8 Shows of 2014

My concert intake was down again this year. I hit 41 shows in 2014 -- still an admirable number -- but far from the almost 80 I indulged in during 2012. As I've noted in other posts, many shows I would have attended, such as Ryan Adams and the RAA, fell on nights where personal responsibilities and commitments took priority. I'm getting older, and my kids are getting older, so the shift isn't unexpected. I'm glad I made it to so many. The … [Read More...]

Communist Daughter

Where the Hell Have You Been?

Well, hey there. A busy work schedule, vacation, and the assorted other jobs a typical husband and dad to three has to juggle led to some negligence on my part with regard to IRL. And, to be honest, I was tired and didn't feel like writing. Concerts: I've been laying low these past couple of months. Some shows didn't work for my schedule (the RAA fell the same night as a friend's 40th birthday party; Paul Collins occurred on parent/teacher … [Read More...]

Martin Carr

Fresh Droppings: Martin Carr – The Breaks

During a stretch of the 90s -- basically my college years -- I was obsessed with the Boo Radleys. The band had figured out the unique blend of power pop and shoegaze, the two classifications of music that dominated my speakers. The string of Giant Steps, Wake Up!, and C'Mon Kids were, to my ears, perfection. (Tip for vinyl reissue specialists -- It's time to bring these three back!) And then, like many bands from those days, they went away. … [Read More...]

Here Comes the Reign

Fresh Droppings: Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion

Following in the footsteps of last year's fun Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Light Rock comes Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion, an ode to some of the great pop songs of the 1980s that reached large audiences via MTV. As a child of the 80s, these songs are ingrained into my existence. I remember where I was the first time I heard Level 42's Something About You. I remember the surge of joy I felt hearing Simple … [Read More...]


Because You Asked — My Playlist 9/24

Two days in a row! My playlist for today, in order, as I wrote about feeder systems and polished off an RFI: 1) The Jigsaw Seen - Old Man Reverb 2) Tweedy - Sukierae 3) Cliff Hillis - Song Machine 4) Ryan Adams - S/T 5) Corin Ashley - New Lion Terraces 6) Jimi Goodwin - Odludek 7) Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - Best of Boiler Room Classics 8) alt-J - This Is All Yours … [Read More...]