Alessi's Ark's Rendition of "Maybe I Know"

Laura Marling was fantastic as expected last night. Her opening act was another 21 year old Englishwoman, Alessi Laurent-Marke, who performs as Alessi’s Ark. Her set was very low key, just her on acoustic guitar and behind her an electric guitarist who would back her up in modest ways. Mid-show someone called out a request [Read More...]

As I Watch Laura Marling Perform

I got very lucky and my one Wednesday night off this semester (and one of my only week nights off period this semester) coincides (tonight) with the genius Laura Marling’s one trip to New York City on her fall tour for her fantastic new album, A Creature I Don’t Know. I am about to head out [Read More...]

Lady Gaga Caught In A Bad Romance With Satan

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I&ob=av3e For those of you who enjoy crazy religious conspiracy theories involving Satanism, the Illuminati, the Freemasons and Lady Gaga, get out your decoder rings because have I got a forward for you (sans the pictures that interspersed the crazy text): [Read more...]

Like Revolution Itself In Musical Form

Still the freshest music out there, now exactly 20 years after being first released—every time I hear the opening chords and first drum hits of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, it sounds to me like revolution in musical form: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg&ob=av2e   Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Be Careful About Loving Women Too Much Lest Other Guys Think You're Gay

When Pitchfork‘s Chris Dahlen wrote a tribute to Liz Phair’s landmark indie masterpiece Exile in Guyville as a review of its 15th anniversary rerelease in 2008, he led with this paragraph: You break all kinds of unwritten rules when you’re a guy who admires a girl. The white suburban kids who idolize gangster rappers are old [Read More...]

Laura Marling and St. Vincent Release Spectacular Albums Tomorrow (Tuesday 9/13/11)

Seriously, two of the most gifted and groundbreaking women in pop music today are both releasing staggeringly good third albums of their careers. For the love of music stream Laura Marling’s A Creature I Don’t Know at the New York Times Magazine and St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy at NPR while you still can, if you doubt me. And/or support their amazing [Read More...]

St. Vincent's "Cruel"

I cannot figure out what I love more, her brilliant music or her unique and remarkable theatrically controlled facial expressions. Her videos always mesmerize me, she’s positively electric on stage, and the songs get deep under the skin. She’s one of the best of our time. Support genius, pick up Strange Mercy. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Stream Laura Marling's "A Creature I Don't Know"

Laura Marling’s debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, recorded when she was only 17, is a masterpiece which instantly made her my favorite female folk singer bar none. If Bob Dylan’s 1960s work did not exist she’d be my favorite folk singer, period. Her exceptional follow up I Speak Because I Canonly added textures and nuances to [Read More...]

Lykke Li’s Sadness Is A Blessing

My favorite new song of 2011 has a video (and it co-stars one of my three favorite contemporary Scandinavian actors, Stellan Skarsgård). It’s really well done: The whole terrific album on which this song appears can be found here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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