286. Bill Withers

“Lean On Me”?  “Use Me”?  “Ain’t No Sunshine”?  “Harlem”?  One of R&B’s most passionate and convincing lyricists and vocalists. [Read more...]

289. Jesus Lizard

For a long time, to my discredit, I naively thought that Nirvana were either a singular phenomenon or a band whose closest cousin was Pearl Jam.  Only when I started really listening to music did I realize what different musical universes Nirvana and Pearl Jam really existed in.  And coming to this realization took some [Read More...]

290. Madder Rose

Dreamy lethargic ’90s grunge pop with a great female lead singer in Mary Lorson.  What’s not to love? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

291. The Burning Hell

An exciting recent find, I found this band in the wee hours of the morning during an overnighter working on the dissertation.  I was listening to an archived October 2 interview with xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe carried out last fall at Skeptically Speaking by Desiree Schnell.  At the end of the file with their interview, The [Read More...]

292. Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson is sort of a cross between John Lennon and Bob Dylan in my mind, I fell in love with his brilliant song “Don’t Forget Me” through the brilliant  Neko Case’s version—but more on her in the late autumn.  I’m also, embarrassingly enough, a sucker for the film “You’ve Got Mail”, so I opted [Read More...]

293. Nick Lowe

They didn’t call him the Jesus of Cool for nothing.  Or, at least he didn’t call himself that without providing some evidence: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

295. Broadcast

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Get Their Zeppelin On For New Song

A few weeks ago Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers revealed they would be releasing a new album called Mojo this spring.  Somewhat amazingly, this fulfilled the final of three major projects that Tom Petty had listed wanting to do four years ago.  At the time I was skeptical he would actually put together a reunion [Read More...]

297. Fleet Foxes

An atmospheric-bluegrass-folk-Beachboyharmony kind of bandwhose debut album is best listened to straight through so that it can wash over you.  The first song below is my favorite of theirs and the second is another really good one put to a claymation video, so heads up to fans of claymation. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]