MCCC on the Air Interview

Huge thanks to Michele Cuomo for interviewing me on Montgomery County Community College on the Air! In this interview, I talk about music, teaching, writing, the Beatles' White Album, my new book about the Beach Boys, and my good friend Tom Powers. I also share a demo of asong I've been working on, "Someday Soon."…Read more MCCC on the Air Interview

James Revels III: The (Renaissance) Man with the Plan!

To put it simply, James Revels III is a renaissance man. Across multiple blogs – including The Evolution of Eloquence, Pyromaniac Productions, AudioSeXXX, and James Revels Composer – the Dayton, Ohio, native’s mission is to showcase a wide range of creative materials from such diverse fields as science, art, math, music, and writing from young creators. He’s also an accomplished…Read more James Revels III: The (Renaissance) Man with the Plan!

Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Listening to Laini Colman’s self-titled debut album for the first time is like stumbling upon a cache of lost Nico recordings. Like the music of the former Velvet Underground collaborator, Colman’s voice has an exotic, haunting feel, and the album’s production is sweeping and cinematic in scope. Early on, wobbly piano chords and LoFi electronic…Read more Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Pop Smarts and Bittersweet Melodies: An Interview with From Apes to Angels

Consisting of Millie Gaum on vocals and producer Andrew Brassleay on synths, From Apes to Angels is a retrowave synthpop act from London and Sheffield. Their debut EP, New Skin, drops in July, and it’s overflowing with gorgeous, shimmering synths and angelic vocals. The songs are reminiscent of 80s synth pop like Nenah’s “99 Luftbalons”…Read more Pop Smarts and Bittersweet Melodies: An Interview with From Apes to Angels

Exploring Earth Magic with Gravers Lane

Listening to Gravers Lane is like stepping into a spooky dreamscape reminiscent of Martin Gore’s solo work or Julee Cruise’s songs on the original Twin Peaks soundtrack. Lush synth pads coupled with a strong lead vocal combine to tear holes in day-to-day reality and reveal something—perhaps sinister, perhaps inspiring—shimmering on the other side of quotidian…Read more Exploring Earth Magic with Gravers Lane

Beyond the Maze: An Interview with Astronauts of Antiquity

Listening to Astronauts of Antiquity is like stepping into a potential not-too-distant future right out of Black Mirror or a darker episode of Doctor Who. Take their hip-hop flavored 2016 single “Paradise” featuring rapper Deploi, for example. Strong beats and catchy hooks give way to a vision of a dystopian paradise where profits take precedence…Read more Beyond the Maze: An Interview with Astronauts of Antiquity