Top 20 Albums of 2011: Part One 20-11

Originally¬† I was just going to do a top ten and be done with it. I got my ten selected, took a look, and thought about how much music got left off. It isn’t 20-11’s fault that so much great music came out this year, so why punish them? Last year I separated things into lists for local bands and national acts. This year I’ve … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2011: Part One 20-11

The Felice Brothers-Celebration,Florida

I was just reading the Pitchfork review for this album out of curiosity, and it will come as a surprise to no one that it is one of the most pretentious pieces of writing I have ever had the displeasure of reading. I really don’t mind that they gave it a bad score (5.7), but the way they write about that record, and every other … Continue reading The Felice Brothers-Celebration,Florida

The Felice Brothers at Lincoln Hall, Chicago 5/6/11

There’s a funny thing about opening bands that I’ve found over the years. I’ve never once said that a show was made by an opening act, but I’ve had plenty of shows ruined by them. The most terrible example would be the duo Buke and Gass, who I saw open for The National in Minneapolis. They were SO bad that it was all I could … Continue reading The Felice Brothers at Lincoln Hall, Chicago 5/6/11