Shuffled Selections: January 8-14, 2017

Greetings everyone and welcome to the second installment of my weekly mini-review mixtape suggestion listicle. As this is just starting, I've decided to play with the format a bit and give each selection a category of sorts to help frame them. Let me know what you think. Enjoy! Psychedelic Politics Selection of the WeekFlaming Lips – “We A Famly”I am of the opinion, or perhaps the persuasion, that the release of a new Flaming Lips album is always cause for celebration. These … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 1-7, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I pray you are all well and recovering nicely from your hangovers - both drinking and general 2016 related ones. As I was compiling my year end Top 50 list a couple weeks ago, I came to the sad realization that I was barely able to share and discuss all the incredible new music that came out last year (I mean, really, there was almost too much). As one of my resolutions, I would like to make a concentrated effort to provide a weekly playlist, if not a full review, of all … [Read more...]

Top 50 Records of 2016

Just under the wire – my personal top 50 albums of the year. This is, of course, in no way an objective list. This is for two reasons: 1) I don’t think that’s possible and 2) I think that’s rather boring. The beauty of year end lists is to discover the music that moved other people and why, discovering not only new artists along the way but, ideally, new ways of looking at the world. That’s what music’s good for, after all – soundtracking our lived experiences. Sure, not all the records on my lis … [Read more...]

Morning Light – A Review of Childish Gambino’s “Awake, My Love!”

No matter how many think pieces have been written, we don’t quite know who Donald Glover is. And even with all of them waiting in the wings, I don’t think we’re going to get a clear answer. And, thank God, because it has been a joy watching him answer that question for himself. From his early success as a prototype-YouTube celebrity to his hard earned career as a musician, Donald Glover is, in many ways, the promise of the internet generation – documentation of growth through experimentation. We … [Read more...]

John Grant: Joyous Prophet of the Via Negativa

 John Grant has been gracing the covers of international magazines aimed at upscale gay men during the last several months. Long a player on the alternative music scene as a member of The Czars, he has been in the midst of a personal and musical revival for the last six years. Now, at age 48, it seems like we're really getting to know him for the first time.Grant is nothing if not a lumbersexual—in the gay world, a bear. The video for his spring indie hit, the surprisingly groovy " … [Read more...]

Overboard – A Review of Andrew Bird’s “Are We Not Burning: The Devolution of Capsized”

By the very nature of his musical stylings, Andrew Bird is obviously a tinkerer. From the beginning of his solo career, Bird has been known for a handful of undeniable traits: lush violin, other worldly whistling, obtuse (or is it abstruse?) lyrics, and his trusty loop pedal. With a seemingly endless imagination and with incredible precision, Bird has built his uniquely avant-folk career out of constantly evolving loops and intricate atmospherics. Because of these factors, it should come as no … [Read more...]

Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light – Brand New at Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, Texas 11/5/16

Brand New know exactly who they are – the rest of us aren’t really sure anymore. In their 16 years of existence, Brand New went from helping redefine and popularizing the massive punk rock sub-genre known as emo with bright hooks and maudlin meditations to deconstructing it completely through distorted expansion and existential contemplation. Where once they could be mistaken for just another product of the blink-182 generation, by now Brand New sound more akin to Fugazi after a couple years in t … [Read more...]

Music Review: Bon Iver’s 22, A MILLION

Resident Pop Theology music critic, Benjamin Griffin, offers a review of Bon Iver's latest album, 22, A Million. More after the jump. … [Read more...]