• Vinyl Me Please
    Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind Us old dudes are suckers for reissues of our favorite records. I’ve owned Green Mind by Dinosaur Jr. on cassette, compact disc and vinyl. Still, when I saw another colored vinyl version newly available for sale, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to make a purchase. It’s … Read more
  • Treatment
    Once you’ve popped that VHS copy of Cocktail out of the VCR and it’s safely in the rewinder, take the time to watch this video from Treatment. https://youtu.be/RDzyP5m5jJI It may be a bit trite at this point to overemphasize the 80’s feel of the disciples of Prefab Sprout, but if the shoe fits, and fits … Read more
  • Movember Starlings
    (Polvo, without Eddie on drums, by Edward on Flickr) I saw my first show at a club in 1993, at the venerable Local 506, on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. The venue is still there, nestled snugly between two Indian restaurants. Now I typically go to see a band there every couple of years or … Read more
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    🎵 Tennis – Runner: Folks, I would really like to checkout The Mandolorian. However, that would require two things: That I setup a Disney+ subscription. This shouldn't be too hard. That I stop watching the new Tennis video on repeat. That one is going to be tougher. The husband and wife duo that comprise Tennis … Read more
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    🎵 Frankie Cosmos – Jesse: A conservative estimate would be that I've listened to this song somewhere around a million times in the past year. I didn't know, however, that the force behind Frankie Cosmos, Greta Kline, is the daughter of married couple Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. There is something so gratifying about the … Read more
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    🎵 The patron saints of indie pop, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, have broken up. I can't pretend that I'm not bummed out by this news. I enjoyed all of their records, right up to, and including, the full-length cover of Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever. I had hoped they would have a … Read more
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    🎵 Sambassadeur – Foot of Afrikka: This song, which evokes imagery of the burning sun of Africa, goes as well with summer as walking bare foot in freshly cut grass while drinking a glass of lemonade. Sambassadeur’s Swedish indie pop has a kind of gentle forcefulness to it. On this track, the clean guitar tones … Read more
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    🎵 Writing for Bandcamp Daily, Jes Skolnik describes the music of Barcelona's Fatamorgana by relating the genre's of punk and techno. The minimal synth music created by a band whose members come from punk backgrounds certainly invites thought about the spare economics that can be a major component of both genres. My friend Chris Berry’s … Read more