2015 in Music News & Culture: The Year That Was

The Year That Was According to Us: Music News, Culture, and closer to home. January belatedly kicked off for us with a small but decisive bang:...

Simply Not Having A Wonderful Christmastime

Three things precipitated this piece. It was reported that Adult-Contemporary spend-triggering "retail" Christmas radio has had a major upset this year. The new Christmas Number One-...

Ezra Furman: An Interview Mid-Way Through An Unmissable Tour

Ezra Furman has been just a little busy of late. The singer/songwriter and seriously original performer, supported by his versatile and seamless backing band,...

The Beautiful Ones: Suede’s Triumphant Return And The Untold Glastonbury Headline

AND ON YOU MY TATTOO WILL BE BLEEDING. AND THE NAME WILL STAIN. (SUEDE, THE WILD ONES) There was a lot of internet chatter in...

Shiiine On Weekender Sunday: I Don’t Want To Fade Out, I Want To Fade...

Shiiine On Weekender –Butlin’s Arena, Minehead, Somerset UK. November 6-9th, 2015. Day 4: Sunday 2:00 p.m. Stray observations from the weekend: we didn’t get to say goodbye to...

Shiiine On Weekender: Saturday – Atmosphere

Shiiine On Weekender –Butlin’s Arena, Minehead, Somerset UK. November 6-9th, 2015. Day 3: Saturday Here it is. We 6000 strong are not teens on the bedroom floor...

Shiiine On Weekender: Friday – The Full English

Shiiine On Weekender –Butlin’s Arena, Minehead, Somerset UK. November 6-9th, 2015. Day 2: Friday With no less than 40 band and DJ slots on 5 stages...

Shiiine On: No Days Off – Day 1 Thursday: Arrival, Photos & Gig Report

Shiiine On Weekender – Butlin’s Arena, Minehead, Somerset UK. November 6-9th, 2015. Festivals can be a dicey and exhausting proposition. A gamble. You can give...

Gotta Be a Loose Fit: Happy Mondays

  “I wrote for luck. They sent me you.” Happy Mondays erupted out of a Manchester that was somehow entirely different than Morrissey and Marr’s town,...

I’d Kill a Dragon For You: On Sinead O’Connor

Part 1. We Are Talking About No Less Than Killing Dragons. Sinéad O'Connor came rocketing out of Dublin, Ireland and implausibly landed in the late 80's Pop...

Like the Head on the Door Was a Dream

OUCH. On the 30 year anniversary of this great record, Dave suggested I write about an album I love: The Head on the Door...

Wayhomesick

On July 24, 25 and 26, history was made in an old campground north of Barrie, Ontario. Summer came fully to the region, with soaring...