Monday, May 7, 2007

Music on the Make: The National

I haven't done one of these in a while because I've been waiting for a good one and believe me, this is IT. The National's forthcoming album Boxer leaked a couple of weeks back and it is going to be a huge breakthrough for them. Their previous effort, Alligator, was also amazing and well received, but this new thing is all there. The gritty video for "Mistaken for Strangers" is at MTV (of all places) and there are some other really nice vids at their website here. Fake Empire, the haunting first track, is also up. Lead singer Matt Berniger's baritone is so timeless and weathered, it sounds like a softer, more even-keeled version of Tom Waits sometimes.
Boxer is out 5/22 and The National are opening for The Arcade Fire, but not in Boston where I am seeing them THIS THURSDAY!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Is Bob Dylan Dead?

We read Chronicles for one of my classes today and a freshman actually asked if Bob Dylan is dead. Clearly he doesn't look too good, but c'mon people. Someone else said they assumed (not having read) he was a shitty writer and that he's "just OK, I mean clearly he can kick out the jams, but he's not the greatest." Who are these kids?!

Bob Dylan: living legend, one of the greatest American poets ever, amazing singer-songwriter, hilarious heckler, musical genius. Dylan is still alive and well, see Modern Times or any number of young and diverse acts who are drawing on his inspiration and reinterpreting his songs themselves. You don't need to go any farther than the music itself:

A few days ago the amazing Roots came for our Spring Weekend shit-show extravaganza and did a cover of "Masters of War" that began in the tune/melody of the "Star Spangled Banner" and broke down "When the Saints Go Marching" in the middle. Absolutely crazy, moving and genius. And completely their own.

So there! Bobby D: still kicking.

Blogging for Class

Hey! My new blog Is This Thing Still On? is up and running, check it out! It's about the future of radio in podcasts, blogs, and internet radio for a class at Brown. This blog right here was originally supposed to be that, but as you can see, I got a little off track. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Calvin found a buddy his size in little 18-month old Ella. They played for about 15 minutes, following each other around and then posed for pictures.