Psychedelic Furs Live in Seattle Review by Robert Ham

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Pic by Alterna2 As you have likely already noticed, nostalgia is big business in the music world these days. If it’s not bands burying the hatchet and reuniting for a quick cash grab, it’s groups playing classic albums in their entirety or groups from even further in the past taking a lucrative spin down memory [...]

The Eternal Sonic Youth

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Sonic Youth is not a band. It is an institution. Where other bands who manage to stay together for over a quarter of a century (or much less) become legacy bands (i.e., bands that are only known and revered for a part of their careers long past), Sonic Youth continue to push themselves and their [...]

Remembering the Music of the 90s

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The music scene of the 1990s was confused. At the turn of that last decade, Hip-hop was displacing Metal as the top-selling genre, and Nirvana was allegedly setting off the so-called “alternative revolution,” yet Guns ‘N Roses was all over MTV with opulent, twelve-minute videos and all over the charts with an epic double CD. [...]

Akron/Family Reviewed by Robert Ham

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, peerless pop music writer Sasha Frere-Jones mentions the great number of indie bands that (in his words) “have found vitality in massed vocal arrangements that sometimes have little to do with rock.” Frere-Jones drops the name of blog-approved artists like St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Sufjan [...]

My Reading List for The Holidays and Beyond

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Since I became an Amazon Prime customer the books have been stacking up at Moose manor. Much to read over the holidays and into the New Year. Here’s the stack that stares at me each morning: Dexter Filkins – The Forever War Buy The Forever War here Roberto Bolaño – 2666 A Novel Buy 2666: [...]

Dead Confederate Live at Doug Fir 11-18-08

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Dead Confederate. Pic by Squid Dead Confederate released their debut LP – Wrecking Ball on September 16 via TAO Records. One of my new music discoveries at the Sasquatch Festival this year was these guys. I’m not a lover of the Rock Music these days as you know but Dead Confederate grabbed me and held [...]

Jihae – Elvis Is Still Alive

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The inbox provided quite a delight this morning. In fact a sublime one given that this Monday morning feels like the first day of winter even though we are technically still in fall. The colour of the trees here in Portland remind me. Jihae is new to me. I have no idea of Jihae’s nationality [...]

The Airborne Toxic Event, respond to Pitchfork, Take the High Road

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

An Open Letter to Pitchfork Media from the Airborne Toxic Event: Dear Ian, Thanks for your review of our record. It’s clear that you are a good writer and it’s clear that you took a lot of time giving us a thorough slagging on the site. We are fans of Pitchfork. And it’s fun to [...]