A Longish Preamble to My New Song

Between the ages of ten and thirteen, I went to a Catholic school just beyond the city limits of Philadelphia. You knew you were leaving Philadelphia because you had to cross a bridge that spanned a set of railroad tracks and ended at the top of a steep hill that descended into the wilds of…Read more A Longish Preamble to My New Song

The Dukenfields: Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid

First, a bit of trivia: Dukenfield was the surname of Philly-area-born showbiz legend WC Fields -- and that's where Philly-area rockers the Dukenfields got their name. The songs on their latest EP, Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid have a strong, tight post-grunge 90s sound that calls to mind the Gin Blossoms and Huffamoose with…Read more The Dukenfields: Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid

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

Baker Man: When We Collide

The six tracks on Baker Man's When We Collide drift between the rough-hewn indie pop of early REM and the grinding garage punk of Dinosaur Jr. I also hear hints of the Decemberists and Ben Folds, particularly in the lead vocal of songwriter Mike Five on the album's opening and closing tracks ("What Tradition Means"…Read more Baker Man: When We Collide

“Sickle/Hammer” by Spirits

First, big thanks to Tim Whale at Emerging Indie Bands for his kind words regarding my EP, Garden Variety! Among those kind words are "honesty," "vitality," and "delight" (and the rest are good words, too!). But enough about me for a moment. Here's a new track from a band that I'm enjoying... Maybe I'm betraying…Read more “Sickle/Hammer” by Spirits

“West Philly Bedroom” by M. Zapatero

Here's the latest Zapatero track. It's a little different from the others. A little more rock, a little less electronic. But there's still a nice synth break in the middle. In any case, I'm charging $1 for it, but if that's too rich for your blood, just drop me a line, and I'll send you…Read more “West Philly Bedroom” by M. Zapatero