Category: Music

  • All Under Heaven’s debut album is out today, …

    All Under Heaven’s debut album is out today, and it’s a banger. Strongly, strongly recommended if you like Hum, my bloody valentine, Slowdive, Lush, etc.

  • The Mountain Goats live at The Queen

    Great energy, great show, great setlist, including the first time I’ve ever seen an act come out for another encore after the house lights went up. I know it sounds corny, but the communal feeling of reaching out while singing “You are coming down with me/Hand in unloveable hand” in unison with a few hundred…

  • That’s right.

    That’s right.

  • An Opinionated History of Modern Rock

    Hypothesis: while it is usually impossible to pick a precise genesis of any cultural movement, for the purposes of this exercise, R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” gave birth to “modern rock,” and Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” killed it. I slid in some obvious precursors to R.E.M. and covered the dénouement and fallout from OK Computer as well.…

  • Beaver Hall, Junior Year

    Inspired by the announcement of R.E.M.’s “Up” reissue, I took a trip back to Fall ’98, my first semester away at Penn State. Here’s the contemporaneous music that was spinning in my dorm room on the 4th floor of Beaver Hall. Listen on Apple Music, Spotify or

  • Folks, it seems like there’s a pending announcement …

    Folks, it seems like there’s a pending announcement of new music from Charles Bissell of The Wrens coming next week. This is *not* a drill. Prepare accordingly.

    I signed up for this at some point in the last 20 years, when life was sweet and simpler and one pursued the carefree in life - like email updates from bands one liked the albums of (that would explain the high number of @-ask-jeeves in the database)...
&10;..and now, some 15-or-so years later, there's finally an update:
&10;We broke up. (ha).
&10;That's probably old-ish news by now (it's starting to feel very old to me) but what's newer news is that after laying low for the last few years as that all played out, and sort of giving up on the whole enterprise I guess, I am actually announcing the new/next/finally album, new label, new project name etc. week. I'll be doing that in part via this email list, and then migrating this to a new project&label list.
  • The Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie at The Mann Center

    Lucky enough to have seen Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service last night at the Mann. My son’s first concert (he’s a huge Postal Service fan). I think we both made a bunch of core memories; I know I did.

  • Sunny Day Real Estate live at Baltimore Sound Stage

    Still can’t believe how tight these guys sound and how well Jeremy’s voice holds up.

  • Strong Enough?

    Pulling the thread that connects Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” and boygenius’s “Not Strong Enough” in both directions. Listen on Apple Music, Spotify or

  • Janet F*cking Weiss

    A testament to the sheer power and grace of Janet Weiss. Featuring Sleater-Kinney and Quasi, along with her time in the Jicks and select guest appearances. Listen on Apple Music, Spotify or