The Gift Of Life Fraternal: The Best Of The Felice Brothers

   You are living in a golden age of American music right now. It’s not easy to notice, but if you really take a look, I think you’ll see that I’m right. One of the many reasons I know this is that we have The Felice Brothers guiding us-both as a link to the past and a portent of a beautiful future. They’re still able … Continue reading The Gift Of Life Fraternal: The Best Of The Felice Brothers

Top 50 Songs Of 2014

We’re down to the last couple weeks of the year, and I don’t see anything on the horizon that’s gonna blow me away (even if Yeezy does decide to drop his new album before the new year, I probably won’t care). This was a tough year for ranking songs, with no real clear number one. The difference between my top 1-5 songs is negligible. The … Continue reading Top 50 Songs Of 2014

Ranking Alpha Mike Foxtrot-The Best Of Wilco’s B Sides, Rarities, And Live Collection

10. “Thanks I Get” Recorded during the Sky Blue Sky sessions, used in a Volkswagen ad and then released as part of an EP during the SBS tour. 9. “Blasting Fonda” The last track on the “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” single in 1997. 8. “Student Loan Stereo” The b-side to 1999’s “Can’t Stand It” from Summerteeth 7. “Dark Neon” The bonus track on 2009’s Wilco Album … Continue reading Ranking Alpha Mike Foxtrot-The Best Of Wilco’s B Sides, Rarities, And Live Collection

In Response: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks 2010-2014

I had so much fun compiling my list of the best albums so far this decade that I decided to ape Pitchfork one more time and make my own list of the best songs as well. This one was much harder because there are a ton of albums that I don’t think are great but have one or two really great songs. So I had … Continue reading In Response: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks 2010-2014

Best Releases At Midpoint Of 2014

Somehow we’re already into the back end of June. Feels like just yesterday it was snowing here in Chicago and now it’s 95 degrees and humid. Oh the joys of the midwest seasonal cycle. One thing that has brought a lot of happiness this year is all the great music that’s been coming out. The first couple months it was one great release after another, … Continue reading Best Releases At Midpoint Of 2014