Category General Music Interest

Me and Mr. Cigar, a Fictional Novel by Gibby Haynes

I became intrigued when I heard that an old acquaintance of mine, Gibby Haynes, had written his first novel. Afterall, I witnessed the beginnings of Gibby’s publishing career with his self-made ‘zine entitled Strange VD which he produced on the photocopy machine at the office where we both once worked. Following this unusual ode to […]

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band—Six Random Thoughts About a 2020 Tour

Lately, I have been spending an unhealthy amount of time pondering what the at-this-point likely 2020 E Street Band tour would look like. This state of mind has been heavily influenced by the steady diet of live Bruce shows I’ve been listening to. This nourishment comes courtesy of Springsteen’s monthly archive releases on download and […]

Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe by Will Birch

The recent rash of biographies of my contemporary musical heroes is sure making me feel my age. Self-written tomes by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Squeeze’s Chris Difford were three that I had a hard time putting down. Having lived through the cycles of their record releases and touring, I was able to slot my […]

A Squeeze Sojourn Through Blackheath and Greenwich

My annual trip to London would not be complete without a visual exploration of the history behind one of my favorite musical artists. For my fourth such adventure, this year’s subject was an easy choice after  hearing Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 program “A Long Walk With….” featuring Chris Difford of Squeeze. Listening and viewing […]

The Great Country Rock Trade: Richie Furay for Graham Nash

On January 22,1969, the Montreal Expos traded Donn Clendenon and Jesus Alou to the Houston Astros for Rusty Staub. It was just a rather routine swap of Major League Baseball stars. Back then, before the freedoms offered by free agency and the chains of long-term big-dollar contracts, deals like this were quite common and were […]

My Journey Through the Kinks Katalog with Some Added Kinks Kulture

On occasion, I will go on a deep-dive listening spree dedicated to the entire recorded work of a band or artist. I do so on CDs in chronological order. As a proud card-carrying music geek, this is an enjoyable effort that most often leaves me with many fruitful rewards. In addition to enhancing my understanding […]

Meeting Bruce Springsteen

Has it really been 45 years since I first heard the Greetings from Asbury Park album and became a diehard fan of my fellow New Jerseyite, Bruce Springsteen? This relationship has produced some of my fondest musical memories, and, it seems that no matter what he does that I may not like, be it high-ticket […]