“High Water (for Charley Patton)” by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is the rare artist who, at 75, retains the power, energy, and restlessness that distinguished his early work.  As both a recording and performing artist, his electricity is unabated, and he continues to make vibrant contributions to the post-folk culture he virtually created.  That he has achieved this is astounding; for those of us who have … Continue reading “High Water (for Charley Patton)” by Bob Dylan

“Winter Song” by Screaming Trees and “Whirling Dervish” by Thin White Rope

Years before the hybrid of classic rock and distorted garage psychedelia and punk became the legendary  Grunge that vanquished the Hair Metal Dragon in the early 1990s, Screaming Trees and Thin White Rope plied their trade in relative obscurity and penury.  Even as “punk broke” in America and they were afforded greater opportunity for exposure, … Continue reading “Winter Song” by Screaming Trees and “Whirling Dervish” by Thin White Rope

Entreat by The Cure

The Cure’s Disintegration is a lush, beautiful masterpiece. When it was released in 1989, the band was cresting a wave of popularity, and rare was the college dorm room in America that didn’t have a copy of their singles comp, Staring at the Sea (1986), sitting next to the deck, while Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) was radio … Continue reading Entreat by The Cure