Free Beer and Noise Pop

I met Janet Weiss yesterday. I think her husband was there too, you know, the other half of the amazing Quasi. I didn’t say hi to him, but almost embarrassed myself gloating over Weiss. She’s awesome. I think Quasi’s in town for Noise Pop, but I couldn’t find them listed anywhere. Anyway, Noise pop promises…

Say Hi : The Wishes and the Glitch by Lee Henderson

One of my favorite images of all time is a Shel Silverstein sketch of a man playing a guitar that is also his own face and torso. A guitarotaur, if you will. The cover of Say Hi (formerly Say Hi To Your Mom) ‘s fifth album, The Wishes and the Glitch, reminds me in a…

Ringo Starr : Liverpool 8 by Jory John

I’ll admit this here & now: Every time a former Beatle releases a new album, I’m hopeful, ready to give every benefit of every doubt. And this is true: I got teary eyed, once, when I was reading a review of a then-new Paul McCartney CD that received high praise. I couldn’t believe it, especially…

SMILE with Neil on Valentines

As you probably already know, Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In North America, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. Named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day became associated with…

Valentines Day Bummer by Avery Monsen & Jory John

It’s February in San Francisco and it seems like everybody has somebody. The sun came out yesterday for the first time in weeks and love-struck assholes from every walk of life flooded the streets. There was kissing in the on the sidewalks. There was hand-holding in the corner store. There was what looked coitus in…

The Whigs : Mission Control by Lee Henderson

Full disclosure:  I am a former, and slightly fanatical, Athens, GA resident.  As such, January was a great month for me in terms of new music. Athens’ finest the  Drive- By Truckers’ latest opus “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” does not disappoint,  and neither does Chan Marshall’s (Cat Power) latest, “Jukebox” (that Chan is technically a…