Prince pops up a lot in my personal soundtrack. The same is true for any of you who are [mumble mumble] years old.
On Diffuser: 33 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their Subversive and Immersive Debut, ‘Murmur’
R.E.M.’s debut album is one of my desert island discs, so getting to celebrate it’s 33rd birthday was a nice treat.
On Diffuser: 32 Years Ago — R.E.M. Help Kickstart Alt-Country With Their Second Album, ‘Reckoning’
The recent outpouring of emotion for Merle Haggard from the rock community is both heartwarming and strange. Not so long ago no self-respecting cool kid would admit to liking Hag.
On Diffuser: Why the Death of a Musician Hits Us So Hard
When my mother passed a couple of months ago, my interest in writing about — well, almost anything — faded. That’s just the nature of grief.
On Diffuser: Cover Stories – Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’
Is Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness the prettiest album cover of the last 20 years?
On Ultimate Classic Rock: Everything You Need to Know About Guns N’ Roses
Just a few weeks ago, prior to Lemmy and Bowie grabbing unfortunate headlines, the big news in the music world was the announcement that Guns N’ Roses were reuniting.
On Diffuser: Worst to First – Every David Bowie Album Ranked
David Bowie released 27-30 official studio albums starting in 1967 and running through to 2016. Why the discrepancy? Well, it’s all a question of how you count them.
On Diffuser: Cover Stories – Arcade Fire, ‘Neon Bible’
Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible sports one of those album covers that is both visually interesting and obtuse enough to make me wonder what’s going on there.
On Diffuser: David Bowie – An Appreciation of Genius Now Gone
My heroes are gone. Zappa, Bukowski, Vonnegut, Miller, Fante, and now Bowie.
On Diffuser: 23 Years Ago – Nirvana Turn Piles of Demos and Outtakes into ‘Incesticide’
I love B-sides, love ’em.