Earthside reinvigorated prog, and reminded me of my roots

Music that challenged me in 2015, part two As part of my reflection on the music that inspired me in 2015, I started writing a bit about those albums and songs that will largely be overlooked by Big Music — but are still ambitious, challenging and exceedingly interesting. In this post, I’ll discuss the first progressive metal album […]

In Defense of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz

Music that challenged me in 2015, part one I haven’t written a “favorite albums” list in a few years, mostly because I realized that mine were virtually identical to most of those my friends would write up. That’s one of the unfortunate downsides of having friends in the music industry: if a band gets enough hype […]

Many voices, but only me in the room

There’s an interview with Annie Clark and David Byrne in which they describe their working relationship for Love This Giant: DB: This was a more intertwined collaboration than most I’ve done. In many ways it was more democratic — we were constantly bouncing what we were doing off one another. Which is creatively great, but also […]