Peering Into the Archives

I launched the Musoscribe blog in summer 2009, more than four years ago. There are currently more than 1150 interviews, essays and reviews here. But I had been writing about music long before the blog started.

In the middle years of the century’s new decade, I had been Editor in Chief for an internationally-available print magazine. In the wake of the magazine going belly-up (a fascinating story I’d love to tell, and perhaps one day will chronicle here), a few friends strongly encouraged me to start the blog. But before I did that, I had amassed a couple hundred pieces – again: interviews, essays reviews – and published (or re-published) them online.

Today I’d like to blow a bit of the virtual dust off of some notable pieces, and point you in their direction, if I may.

There were some really good albums that – in retrospect – didn’t seem to get, in general, the love (and/or notice) I thought they deserved. I still return to them. A few of these include Russian CirclesEnter, James Morrison‘s Undiscovered, Automatic Music Explosion‘s This Is…, and Hayseed Dixie‘s A Hot Piece of Grass.

And then of course there were the albums that were both appreciated by me and generally applauded. These included hERE aND nOW by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, and reissues of Air‘s Moon Safari, and Porcupine Tree‘s Lightbulb Sun.

In those days, I sometimes reviewed music that I didn’t care all that much about to begin with; I no longer do that. So as a result, you’ll find some scathing reviews, full of ridicule and derision. If that might amuse you, check out my review of truly dreadful albums from Cradle of Filth, Mah Jongg, Memphis May Fire and Vaeda. (Yeah, me neither).

Some cool compilations came out during that era, too. You might have missed R. Stevie Moore‘s Meet The; the various artists garage comp 2131 South Michigan Avenue; and Blue Note’s treasury of oft-sampled tunes, Droppin’ Science.

If you’re interested in some long-form writing, here are career-spanning critical essays covering the work of Todd Rundgren and Pink Floyd. Both are out of date now, but they’re still among my favorites.

And finally, I did some fondly-remembered (by me, at least) interviews with some of my musical heroes. Among these: Ian Anderson, Robyn Hitchcock, Gentle Giant, Andy Partridge, CCR‘s Stu Cook, Polyphonic Spree‘s Tim DeLaughter, ? And the Mysterians (don’t miss that one!), and no-hit wonders Green Fuz.

There are a couple hundred other things in that section, and I invite you to poke around. If I haven’t said so in print recently, here’s a reminder: this gig of mine, it’s way-fun.

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