2021, My Year in Listening, Reading, and Seeing

Making a list of the music that entered my life in a given year has become an annual thing (here's 2018, 2019, and 2020). But it never really tells the full story. The second side of my favorite Django Reinhardt LP just finished, for example, as I began to write this. I put it on… Continue reading 2021, My Year in Listening, Reading, and Seeing

Etude (Record Review): R.E.M., Automatic for the People

Automatic for the People was never my favorite R.E.M. album. Later, the inescapable ubiquity of "Man on the Moon," and "Everybody Hurts" on radio tarnished the thing for me. Between the movie tie-in and the overly joyful "Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight," it began to feel trite and commercially exposed. At least in comparison to the music I was… Continue reading Etude (Record Review): R.E.M., Automatic for the People