Movie Review: Keith Richards: Under the Influence


Title: Keith Richards: Under the Influence Release Date: 2015 Director: Morgan Neville Summary/Review: This Netflix documentary follows Keith Richards as he works in the studio on new songs and travels through America to sites connected with American music. Theses scenes are intercut with archival footage of Richards and the Stones. The influences in this movie are musical…

Podcast of the Week: “Song Exploder: MGMT”


In each episode of Song Exploder, a musician or band breaks down a song and explains how it came together, both in stripping down to different musical tracks and instruments and in the creative process of writing a song.  In this episode the band MGMT “explodes” one of their earliest songs (and one of my…

Song of the Week: “Poyekhali!” by Úlfur Eldjárn


Úlfur Eldjárn is a composer from Iceland.  I tend to post a lot music by artists from Iceland. But we’re now in the darkest coldest part of winter and I have three friends traveling in Iceland right now.  So I’m posting another tune by an Icelandic musician. Here is Úlfur Eldjárn live at KEXP with “Poyekhali!”

Song of the Week: “Lazarus” by David Bowie


No doubt you’ve read the many tributes to David Bowie after his death this week at the age of 69. “Lazarus” is the video Bowie made to support the release of what appears to be his final album Blackstar.  The video and lyrics are full of premonition of his impending death, and may well be…

Song of the Week: “Honey, Honey” by Tom Jones & Imelda May


The distinctive voice of Welsh legend Tom Jones works well in duet with Irish vocalist Imelda May on this bluegrass/rockabilly cover of “Honey, Honey” by The Milk Carton Kids.  The song comes from Jones’ album The Lost Suitcase, a collection of tunes to accompany his recent autobiography. What are you listening to in 2016?

2015 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…