“A Case for a ‘Best of Radiohead’ Compilation, or Thereabouts”

Now, I realize that Radiohead are not primarily a “singles” band — well, is this really true? I mean, think of how classic their music videos were — “Karma Police”; “No Surprises”; “There, There”; etc., all wielding this primordial weirdness that was unforgettable as it was off-putting. They veered toward the bombastic, I don’t think … Read more“A Case for a ‘Best of Radiohead’ Compilation, or Thereabouts”

“AFI’s Sing the Sorrow Still Stands as the Last Great Statement in American Punk Rock”

In 2003 I was in college and all of a sudden lot of people started talking about this AFI band. I envisioned them as kind of a snotty entity deliberately designed to pi** people off or make them uncomfortable, like their fellow Cali brethren NOFX and No Use for a Name.  I was pleasantly surprised, … Read more“AFI’s Sing the Sorrow Still Stands as the Last Great Statement in American Punk Rock”

“Mapping the Musical Trajectory of Beck’s Career as Elliptical and Not Linear”

Something hit me recently about “Loser,” Beck’s big single from 1994 that put him on the map. It’s like a trick you can only do once. I mean, if an artist were to issue “Loser,” and then another song that was that overtly suicidal (obviously I know the lyrics are meant tongue-in-cheek but the very … Read more“Mapping the Musical Trajectory of Beck’s Career as Elliptical and Not Linear”