best-of list Archive

My Road Trip Soundtrack

As I prepared for my current 12-hours-each-way trip to visit my parents in Florida (making sure to leave my hoodie at home and not anger the self-appointed watcher of their neighborhood pool; he tried to kick me out last time), I was tasked by my traveling companion to put together a small stack of my

Happy Independence Day, and More

Since today is (a) an American holiday and (b) a mere few days after the halfway point of 2013, I thought that instead of a review, essay or feature, I’d instead run a brief look back at some of the highlights of the year so far. To that end, I’d like to recommend a few

Musoscribe’s Best 12 of 2012, Part Two

Yesterday I covered six of the best and most notable (but under-the-radar) releases of 2012. Here are six more. World Party – Arkeology Karl Wallinger was one of those artists we feared “lost in action.” He suffered an aneurysm a few years back, and that meant (among other more serious things) that there was no

Musoscribe’s Best 12 of 2012, Part One

Yeah, everybody does their “Best of the Year” lists. Why should I be any different? Well, partly because I can’t help it. My own tastes are decidedly outside the mainstream. But I’d argue that my favorites belong in the mainstream, because they’re that good. In fact most of my top twelve releases of 2012 are

It’s a Raider-palooza!

As more-than-occasional readers of this blog may have noticed, I have written pretty extensively about matters related to Paul Revere and the Raiders. For those interested, here’s a quick summary with links to the highest-profile of these. The Paul Revere and the Raiders Story, as appeared in Shindig! Magazine; based on interviews with vocalist Mark

Best of 2011: New Music

This was easily the most difficult category for me. So many amazing albums came out that it’s pure folly to limit myself to only five. So I haven’t (but six was still tough). DC Fontana – La Contessa — For me, this group had the hands-down best album of 2011. The near-perfect La Contessa brings

Two Years of Musoscribe: Paul Revere & the Raiders

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. I love Paul Revere & the Raiders; at its best, their music is emblematic of the

Two Years of Musoscribe: Essays

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Every now and then I take a break from interviews and reviews, instead penning various-degrees-of-idiosyncratic little

Two Years of Musoscribe: The Beatles

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Like many people of my generation, The Beatles are my favorite group. Here’s a collection of

Two Years of Musoscribe: Steven Wilson

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. I’ve written a great deal about Steven Wilson and his myriad projects, and I’ve been fortunate