A 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis managed to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented.
Society teaches people that admitting to bad behaviour means accepting punishment and giving up support, which is why most people will try deny it.
I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle.
If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s.
It’s getting harder to make a commitment…
Japanese hip-hop, noise music, J-Pop, and a whole lot more besides….
A collective music based on allegiance to the ‘hood now belongs to remote and isolated solo stars
Some musical journeys in the worlds of white people….
Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Holding aloft a flickering torch for John Darnielle’s older stuff
Songs of innocence, regret, anxiety, failure and punishing ennui…
Good lyric writing can be a thing of wonder
The Carrie and Lowell album is about trying to survive your family’s impact on you
Looking back at 50 years of Nashville’s black sheep boy
A tribute to the recently re-discovered innovator
Some Dylan obscurities and cover versions to mark the release of the expanded Basement Tapes…
Remembering the greatest band in the whole wide world
From the Righteous Brothers to Yelawolf and beyond…
Celebrating 25 years of hip hop’s best-loved album
The love songs of the middle-aged mope
Are you lonely too? Hi Five! So am I!
Likely highlights from the best on offer at Silo Park
This black metal / shoegaze hybrid is (almost) everyone’s pick as album of the year
The use of music in Vince Gilligan’s great series
Feet don’t fail my words
Eagles may be high and free, but they’re also birds of prey
The clown prince of hip hop comes to town
Paying dues to the Piedmont style of blues
More obscure soul music gems from the vaults
Celebrating the life and music of Gary Stewart