Archive for August 22nd, 2011

Mikey Wax – Constant Motion (2011)

The best pop songs are about more than their surface allures — the hook, the voice, maybe the lyric. The best pop songs are bound up both in simplicity and mystery, bringing you over a ridge to these stunning emotional vistas, even as you are still trying to get the seatbelt secured

Mark Segger Sextet – The Beginning (2011)

Debut albums can often be fun to explore, since you’re not just exploring the music, but the artist, too. They’re funner still when the artist bolts out the gate with his/her own unique plan of attack

Half Notes: Pugwash – Eleven Modern Antiquities (2008)

by Tom Johnson Leaving aside the goofy name, Pugwash was that weird bastard child we music writers like to talk about — you know, the “this meets that”: They sounded like latter day XTC meets Jellyfish. In one album, in addition to Pugwash’s own Thomas Walsh, we find friends from the sadly now defunct XTC, Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory,Read More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "For You" (1973)

Relationships heading toward their end can often impart a kind of repelling force between the couple involved. In “For You,” a relationship has run off the rails and there’s no small amount of soul searching.