Monday, December 23, 2019

Bob and Doug McKenzie with Geddy Lee

This bit of Canadian silliness was on the radio not long after I moved to the Seattle area approximately 38 years ago.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Foxes and Fossils

A nice rendition of the song that first pulled me into the musical magic of Todd Rundgren almost fifty years ago.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tame Impala

Really looking forward to this album being released.

Saturday, November 30, 2019


One of my favorite prog rock cuts this past year.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


This may be an old song but it's still great. Pure power pop perfection.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Big Band Of Brothers

Allman Brothers music with a jazz perspective!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Drive-By Truckers

A cut from their forthcoming album.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Guided By Voices

A cut off their new album Sweating the Plague. Long time since I liked an entire GBV record this much!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Who

New album due out in December. All new material.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It's Impeachment Hearing Eve!

Okay, a little late but still funny.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Happy Birthday, Andy Partridge

A cut off XTC's 1992 album "Nonsuch".

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Joni Mitchell

Happy 76th birthday to Joni Mitchell. Here's a great tune from the early 80's that includes her version of the Righteous Brothers classic.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Young Guv

I love the Byrdsy vibe of this tune.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Goodbye, Trump

Now if we could only figure out a way to get him to leave the country.

Saturday, November 2, 2019


Can you believe it's been twenty five years since this song was released?

Friday, November 1, 2019

Baroness von Sketch Show

This is a very funny show on IFC.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Neil Young with Crazy Horse

New album due out on Friday.

School Of Fish

I've always loved this song and somehow had never seen the video.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Trigger Hippy

Like the Black Crowes? This is a good group to check out.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Elliott Murphy

I was so pleased this veteran rocker was the first person to provide a review of my book Playlist. Here's a tune from his new album.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Dwight Yoakam

Finally finished watched the Ken Burns country music documentary. So good.

Friday, September 27, 2019


New album out today. A really good psychedelic band.

Gary Gulman

Friday, September 20, 2019


Some truly beautiful guitar work on this one.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Rest in Peace, Ric Ocasek

I remember thinking the first Cars album was a perfect blend of pop weirdness.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Country Music- A Film by Ken Burns

I'm really looking forward to this.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kishi Bashi

Thanks to Jim Fusilli for the original post.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Chrissie Hynde

A cut from an album of covers that came out today.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Who

New album due out soon!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sheryl Crow

This is a cover of a George Harrison song I really didn't discover until long after he passed away. One of my favorites of his...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Hold Steady

New album "Thrashing Through the Passion" out last Friday.

Thursday, August 22, 2019


Love the Keith Emerson style synths on this one.

Talk Talk

I recently rediscovered this wonderful tune.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


New album due out soon.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


One of my favorite U2 cuts. A cover of a classic Cole Porter tune.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Smashing Pumpkins

I like this song a lot, reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

Happy Birthday, Rick

Mr. Derringer is 72 years young today.

​Kyle Craft

This new album sounds like it could have been released in the glam rock era of the 70's.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Bird and the Bee

Another cut off the new Bird and the Bee Van Halen tribute album.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Happy Birthday, Geddy

Geddy Lee turns 66 today. Running into him in Bath, England was one of the great thrills of my life.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Mark Normand

One of my current favorite standup comedians.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Carlos

The guitar is great but you also have to love the organ and percussion.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Bird and the Bee

A fun new take on a Van Halen classic.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Joe Guido Welsh

Joe and I have been FB friends for a while now. This is off his 2018 release "Up the Action."

The Motors

A group from the late 70's-early 80's with a big, big sound.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hollywood Vampires

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and the rest of the gang's version of the Jim Carroll classic.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Sturgill Simpson

A song written for the new Jim Jarmusch zombie comedy coming out today.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

John Mulaney


A cut from their album "Wind and Wuthering", which is featured in my new book.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jay Som

One of the catchiest new songs I've heard this year.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Black Mountain

Their new album "Destroyer" just dropped last Friday.

Monday, May 27, 2019


A new, bouncier version.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Weyes Blood

Thanks to music critic Jim Fusilli for turning me on to this album.

Monday, May 20, 2019


Though it's not quite summer, this song seems perfect for today.

Foo Fighters

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Rickie Lee Jones

A new version of an old song a lot of us loved in high school.


A cut off the 1992 album "Nonsuch". In my opinion, one of the most glorious power pop numbers ever.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Security Project

I saw this group last night in a small venue in south Seattle. They did amazing versions of early Peter Gabriel and Genesis songs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019


I especially like the Susan Collins impression.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chris Forsyth Band

For some reason, I've really been getting into these long instrumental cuts lately.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Bruce Springsteen

A cut off his new album "Western Stars" due out in June.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Seth Meyers

I thought Seth was especially good last night.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Roses & Cigarettes

Thanks to Tim Federer for the original share.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Zombies

The keyboards are so cool on this classic.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Tom Waits

I heard this for the first time today. I love how it creates a movie in your mind.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Just One Victory

A song I always return to when the struggle gets me down.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tame Impala

The first single from the forthcoming album.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Mute Gods

New album due tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

They Might Be Giants

One of my favorite TMBG tunes. Just discovered this video.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Does anybody else remember when this classic silent film was re-released in the 1980's with a rock soundtrack?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Shame, Shame, Shame

A great piece on the pluses and minuses of public shaming in the Internet age. I especially liked the interview with Monica Lewinsky, she seems to be a truly awesome person.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Steve Earle

I've loved this song since Jerry Jeff Walker did it in the early Seventies.

David Gilmour

Happy birthday to one of my all-time favorite musicians.

Meg Myers

A cover of the Kate Bush classic from the 80's.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Kasim Sulton's Utopia

Looks like Kasim is leading the troops for a while.

Band Of Skulls

New album due out in April.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rest in Peace, Mark Hollis

Mark Hollis of Talk Talk has passed away at the age of 64. This was one of my favorite songs of the Eighties.

The Visionary

My 2014 dark fantasy novel is FREE today on Kindle.

Here's the link...

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Thanks to David Blumenstein for the initial share.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bill Maher

I thought this was a great commentary. There's a reason there's so much bitterness in some of the red states.

Friday, February 22, 2019

White Savior

The problem with making movies that will please both black and white audiences.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Eric Johnson

Getting close to wrapping up my new book. Decided I really needed to go back and include this album.

Washington Winter Wonderland

Thanks to my buddy Jim Elliott for sharing this with me.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dark Day Dreams

My 2016 short story collection is FREE today on Kindle.

Extreme Baking

My wife watches some of these cooking competition shows and thought this was a really funny sketch (and so did I).

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

The White Stripes

An oldie but goodie I discovered today.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Roberta Flack

She turned 82 today.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

They Might Be Giants

I'm working on a new non-fiction book about albums I think deserve more attention. Today's chapter was about this band's record "Nanobots" (which features this song).

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Millennial Millions

If you watch this skit you might start to understand why a lot of Millenials are more open minded about socialism.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Joe Jackson

New album out today.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Leon Bridges

One of those songs that puts some zip in your step. Thanks to Mark Mclay for letting me know about this artist.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spirit Award

A local Seattle band I heard for the first time today on KEXP.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019