In It To Win It, Dawg

13 May 2011

I have a shameful confession: I’ve been watching this season of American Idol. I think it’s affecting my sanity, because Randy Jackson’s unique, contentless cadence bounces around through my brain at all times, like, you know, dawg, like, you’re really here, you know, like here, dawg and you’re, like, writing what is maybe the best […]


All Eternals Deck

29 March 2011

It is easy to write a song about being in pain. It’s equally easy to write a song about vapid joy. It takes some serious work and probably a lot of trauma, too, to write a song that seems to at times vacillate between the two, as is the case with “Estate Sale Sign,” a […]


Lonely Avenue, Song by Song

7 October 2010

It’s a new Ben Folds album with lyrics by Nick Hornby. Of course I’ve listened to it obsessively over the past week. What do I think of it? Let’s find out, track by track: A Working Day: The first time I listened, I thought it was too short. Now I know it’s just long enough.  […]



28 September 2010

I guess when you’re in a thriving, functional relationship, it distracts you from thinking about their inverse.  Last week was the second anniversary of my decision to take the reins of my life back and I completely failed to remember that the date had significance. That is what moving on looks like – the failure […]


Bar Band Ecology

7 September 2010

Have you ever been at a bar, and there’s a band playing, but they’re really terrible? Well, I guess not really truly terrible. Because when a band is really terrible, they know it. I mean, they have to. As a musician, I’m able to hold onto few erroneous notions about the quality of my own […]


Friday Cover Songs – Glambert

4 June 2010

Adam Lambert, who Natasha assures me was on American Idol once, kicks off his US tour tonight in Wilkes-Barre at the FM Kirby Center, and apparently some people believe that it’s kind of a big deal. I have to tell you that I don’t know much about Lambert’s music, though I fiercely support his right […]


Friday Cover Songs

14 May 2010

In my post about last Friday’s Josh Ritter concert, I teased that I’d be posting this gem – with vocals by the Royal City Band’s Zack Hickman with Josh Ritter and Austin Nevins on backing vocals.  Well, here it is. Unfortunately, it’s a .wav file, because I don’t have anything handy to convert it with.  […]


Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band at the TLA, 5/7/2010

10 May 2010

Last Friday, Josh Ritter kicked off his tour in support of So Runs the World Away – his new album that dropped last Tuesday – at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. Ritter’s wife Dawn Landes opened for him with her backing band, The Hounds. Sticking mostly to tracks from Landes’s latest disc […]


Friday Cover Songs – Bieber Fever

23 April 2010

Aziz Ansari, in his RAAAAAAAANDY persona from the movie Funny People, is making a mixtape with TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Their first track? A cover of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”. Aziz Ansari featuring DJ Ol’ Youngin’ – Baby Baby (Justin Bieber cover) I believe if you say Justin Bieber’s name three times, he comes […]


Friday Cover Songs – Under Cover

16 April 2010

The AV Club – the most worthwhile part of The Onion – is a few weeks into its’ Starbucks-sponsored Under Cover.  The premise – a setlist of 25 songs that each week’s guest artist must choose one song to cover from ranging from megapopular to obscure, from easy to cover to M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” which […]