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Best Music of 2016: New Releases

I’ve said it before, and in 2016 it’s true as ever: those people who complain that there’s no good music any more simply aren’t looking hard enough, or in the right places. I had no trouble coming up with a Top Ten Eleven list of new albums for 2016. I easily could have added many

Album Mini-review: The Twilight Hours — Black Beauty

File next to: Todd Rundgren, Ben Folds, Matthew Sweet Minneapolis’ Trip Shakespeare was always a band apart; they never fit into most people’s idea of that city’s sound. Scintillating vocal harmonies (featuring brothers Matt and Dan Wilson) and shimmering melodies were their stock-in-trade. When they folded, Dan and bassist John Munson formed the less-quirky, more

A Trip Back in Time with Trip Shakespeare (Part Three)

>>> Hey kids! Don’t forget to read Parts One and Two! <<< Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: As we discussed earlier, you’re credited as co-producer on the new Trip Shakespeare reissues of Applehead Man and Are You Shakespearienced? I assume that the original albums were cut on analog equipment, right? John Munson: Yup. BK:

A Trip Back in Time with Trip Shakespeare (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: When Trip Shakespeare cut Applehead Man, you were originally a trio. By the time of the second album, Matt Wilson‘s brother Dan had joined. Two brothers. How did that change the dynamics of the band? John Munson: Well, it did change it. I was sheepishly telling somebody the other

A Trip Back in Time with Trip Shakespeare (Part One)

My interview with John Munson, bassist with late 1980s critical darlings Trip Shakespeare, began with him noting that my name sounded familiar to him: “How might I have heard your name before?” he asked me. I told him that it may well have been in connection with my enthusiastic 2009 review of an album that

Album Review: The Twilight Hours – Stereo Night

Things could have gone so differently. In the early 90s, rock music found itself at the latest in a long series of crossroads. There wasn’t much of lasting value happening in high-profile rock music, but as is often the case, a couple of interesting strains were bubbling under. At the time I was living in