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March Through Time: Caravan

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk In music, the so-called “Canterbury sound” encompasses a wide swath of musical styles. The label refers to the unique music made by English bands including

March Through Time: David Bowie

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk David Bowie was easily among the most important music artists of the 20th century. His influence extended far beyond music, into fashion and other media.

Four Thousand.

Today represents a landmark of sorts. I’ve recounted the story elsewhere, but in the mid ‘00s I was Editor in Chief of a (then) quality monthly national print magazine that covered the music scene. When it went belly up – for reasons having nothing to do with its content – I found myself with the

Widespread Panic: The Best-of That Never Was, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Ain’t Life Grand By September 1994, Widespread Panic had completed their fourth studio album, Ain’t Life Grand. For this album, the band returned to their Athens roots, once again working with producer John Keane. Initial sessions were approached as rehearsals, but band and producer were impressed with the recordings of those

Widespread Panic: The Best-of That Never Was, Part One

Some five and a half years ago, I worked on a project that would never see the light of day. A record label decided to put together The Definitive Collection, a 2CD set surveying the best from the dozen albums popular jam band Widespread Panic released during its time with Capricorn Records. For reasons having

Progress Report #4: My Book About 415 Records

It’s time for another of my occasional book updates. I’m mere days away from finishing writing my second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave. As I tackle the remaining few chapters, I’m struck (as I have been throughout the project) by the ways in which various themes come up

Musoscribe at 12

This month marks the 12-year anniversary of this here Musoscribe site. I’ve been writing much longer than that, but I started archiving/posting my work online in June 2009. It seems like a lifetime ago. As I’m currently consumed with finishing my second book, I’d like to pause a beat and take the opportunity to glance

Progress Report #3: Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave

I love my work; I really do. But even against the backdrop of the thousands of other stories with which I’ve been – and continue to be – involved, the work on my book about 415 Records stands apart. The manuscript is coming along briskly; I’ve already written more than 35,000 words, and have drafts

Farewell, Mr. Personality

It was nearly six years ago that I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing a rock’n’roll legend. Lloyd Price scored many hits: nearly 30 of his songs made it onto the charts. And even as he moved into the twilight of his years, he continued to tour. He also wrote a fascinating, lively and

Robyn Hitchcock: Give it to the (Former) Soft Boy

Cambridge, England singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock first came to prominence with the Soft Boys, a group that combined the prickly, angular sounds of new wave with a lysergic worldview redolent of Syd Barrett. The latter connection is no accident: Pink Floyd’s legendary and doomed founder was a Cambridge boy as well. Hitchcock’s lyrical approach was at