Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know the name James Booker. Just be glad that somebody does, and they made a great documentary about him. Through Lily Keber’s Bayou Maharajah, her first doc feature, we get the inside story on one of America’s greatest unknown musicians. Though it is a little bit longer than it needed to be, the narrative of the feature sticks to … Continue reading Bayou Maharajah-Chicago Premiere May 2nd at CIMM Fest
I used to think Elton John was SO lame. When I was a kid I would hear the same Elton John songs every day during my bus rides to and from school, and it was brutal. Mixed in with a rotation that had Sophie B Hawkins and Air Supply at the top and bottom of every hour (or at least it seemed that way) Elton … Continue reading National Elton John Day: My Top Ten
Last month Mauro Remiddi released a new album as Porcelain Raft called Permanent Signal. I hadn’t really cared for his previous two efforts, last year’s Strange Weekend and the 2011 EP Gone Blind. In 2012 he toured with Youth Lagoon, and I saw a lot of similarities in the two. With the new album, Remiddi breaks free of that comparison and makes a more compelling … Continue reading Porcelain Raft at Schubas 9/12/2013
Has it really been six years since Begin To Hope came out and launched Regina Spektor‘s career into the stratosphere? I really liked that album when it came out, but after a while it became too much. Somehow a bunch of executives got together and decided to use her songs in every prime time soap, teen melodrama, and romantic comedy trailer. By late 2007 or early 2008, my interest in Spektor had waned to near zero. In 2009 she released the album Far, and I listened to it maybe three times before tossing it aside. It just didn’t catch me the way Begin did. Yesterday she released her newest album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats. While I don’t love every song, she seems to be back on the right track.
Somehow Perfume Genius has managed to fly under the radar even after garnering critical praise for the new album. It has been a horrendous oversight on my part to not bring attention to this earlier. Unfortunately, the only person I ever saw make a comment about the album was Will Sheff of Okkervil River, who tweeted about how great Put Your Back N 2 It … Continue reading Perfume Genius-Put Your Back N 2 It