File this in the “surprised I didn’t pay more attention to this band” category: Small Brown Bike

So good.

Follow Your Nose – a choose your own musical adventure

I love this idea from Merlin Mann and Do By Friday: the “Follow Your Nose” playlist…

  1. Pick a song you love and start a playlist
  2. Go to the artist’s page and view the Related Artists/Fans Also Like section – then pick a group you aren’t familiar with…
  3. Go to their page and start listening to their top songs & add one you like to your playlist.
  4. Repeat 2 and 3 from that artist page, building out your playlist until you are bored or hit an artist where you can’t do #2.

Almost like a choose your own music musical adventure. So much fun!

Here’s my first attempt:

🎵 The Breeders - Pod

beabadobee - Fake It Flowers Live #livestream - YouTube

If you are a sucker for 90s-influenced indie rock like Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, and Hatchie you will love this.

🎵 Fleet Foxes - Shore

Run The Jewels Return! - Broken Record with Rick Rubin

A super good conversation.

Kate Tempest – People’s Faces Lyrics

I learned of Kate Tempest through Joe Talbot’s awesome web show… this song was released in 2019, but it’s so perfect for 2020.

🎵 Blu & Exile - Miles

SO good.

🎵 Garden Variety - Knocking the Skill Level (Remastered 2020)

Finally on streaming! One of my absolute favorite albums.

Bully - Every Tradition - YouTube

Another new one from Bully. So good.

BALLEY TV - Episode 3 with Billy Bragg & Arlo Parks

A great episode of Joe Talbot’s (IDLES) web series where he talks with fellow musicians during the pandemic. Love Billy Bragg!

Dirty Projectors: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert : NPR

The new songs are so good!

🎵 Hum - Inlet

🎵 Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

So freaking good. In the running for my album of the year.

IDLES - GROUNDS (Official Video) - YouTube

So good. Perfect soundtrack for 2020. Can’t wait for the new album!

🎵 Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder

Seminal punk label Dischord’s entire catalog is now free online

“Free” is a bold headline, as it’s pay-what-you-can and the money does go to the artists. Definitely worth checking out. Some of my favorite bands of all time.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 30


Some intense lighting effects at Interpol really messed with your vision.

February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 17


Up front for Band of Horses.

The first issue of 7-Day Music Club is live and written by me… all about my first cassette purchase: Run-DMC’s Raising Hell. Please check it out and subscribe to get future issues.

🎵 Wand - Laughing Matter

Really digging this new album. For fans of older, fuzzy Radiohead.

Announcing 7-Day Music Club

I’m pleased to announce a new project I am launching with a few long-time music loving friends: 7-Day Music Club.

The premise: we feel that the current digital age of music has not only damaged the album as a collection of songs, but our relationship to it and the artist. That feeling of holding the album in hand, pouring over the lyric sheets and inserts, and repeated/focused listens – are all a thing of the past for many people.

Our plan: 7-Day Music Club is a community that will celebrate albums as a social, shared experience through focused listening and storytelling. Each week we will focus on one crucial album from our collection to encourage a deep, 7-day focused listening session and conversation.

Our full site – including a blog, newsletter, and message board – will launch in early May. Visit today to sign up for our newsletter and be notified when we launch!

Song Exploder: Sharon Van Etten

Such a great episode from one of my favorite artists.

Got my copy of 3 Feet High and Rising today. So amazing! Transported back to my early teenage years when it first came out — the whole album has held up very well. 🎵

🎵 Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

So good.