A number of years ago -- four? five? -- I submitted a review of The Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz to the venerable Believer magazine. Much to my delight, they accepted the review and planned to run it in a forthcoming issue. Then, much to my dismay, the magazine folded, and my review never…Read more Believe It or Not…
Not that I really care, but I was buying a copy of my recent Beach Boys book for a friend when I spotted the sole customer review: "Not an informative write. Just personal opinions of the author. A more subjective review of the fairy tale would have been more interesting." Of course, I'm glad someone…Read more Not That I Really Care…
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
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
With a little tweaking, Richard Marson's tell-all biography of the late John Nathan-Turner could easily replace its subtitle with that of Peter Hook's wonderful memoir on the Manchester club scene of the 1980s, The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, as its subject's tenure as producer of Doctor Who reads like a case study…Read more J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (review)
Another semester is now under way, so this will probably be my last review for a little while.
Fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently books might enjoy my review of The Salmon Doubt by the late, great Douglas Adams.