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Dear Baltimore Music and Arts Underground, On September 3rd, 2012, America celebrated the Labor Day holiday. The weather in Baltimore was gloomy, muggy, and oppressive. In the afternoon there were tropical downpours, perhaps remnants of Hurricane Issac. I spent the day working on two written pieces, a review of Horse Lords’ new album and a radio piece about Dan Deacon. Outside of a video game b ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 21st, 2012

It’s been said that music is “a game for the young”, a sentiment which I routinely dismissed in my own youth as little more than a spurious complaint of the old and out-of-touch. How, I wondered, could such an essential substance as music—be it rock, pop, folk, hip-hop, electronic, orchestral, choral, or what have you—ever fail to captivate, entertain, and enliven, regardless of one’s age? At what ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 26th, 2012

Joey Comeau once observed that the human brain is a “pattern recognition machine”, capable of spinning intricate webs of seemingly valid and important connections from mere cursory allusions and outwardly unrelated circumstances. Which is pretty much on-the-mark from a psychological perspective. Cognition, intuition, information processing, critical thinking, decision making, and procedural mem ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 8th, 2011

Ah, yes. It’s time for yet another grab-bag of short-form album reviews… which means that I’ve been slacking off… again… Ahem. While it is certainly no excuse for my inattentiveness, I have been wondering if it is finally time to retire the “Digital Revolution”—if the financial supporters of the physical album should simply wave the white flag and agree to whatever terms of surrender that onlin ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 11th, 2011

In the Village Voice last year, J. Hoberman identified Jim Finn as "the solitary vanguard of post-Communist Communist cinema." I can dig it. I was wondering what to call him, and with all the strange political language of his films, this term makes sense. The Vimeo excerpts at his website alone add up to a fascinating WTF -- some of the films are knee-slappers and others are compelling in that wha ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 23rd, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that my coverage of 2010’s new releases was a bit laggard, perhaps even slacktastic. Sorry ‘bout that. Bit of an off year, really. So, to make it up to you, let’s give a look and a listen to some of the more surprising omissions from 2010, as well as a few unexpected releases (already!) from 2011. We’ve got the debut album from Michigan’s Bars of Gold, made up of remn ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 4th, 2011

A MOMENT OF SILENCE, IF YOU WILL It is an unnerving experience for a music enthusiast, walking into the final days of a record shop’s close-out sale. Hectic yet sombre, like a funeral-turned-rummage sale, the gathered mourners paying their respects right before (or even after) picking over the deceased’s estate. Listless, soon-to-be-unemployed clerks standing idle whilst curious shoppers and se ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 25th, 2011

A new edition of In the Rotation, eh? That’s as sure a sign as any that I’ve been letting the ol’ pile of to-be-reviewed albums sit idle for a bit too long… only it would appear that the pile has somehow migrated from my IRL desktop to my HDD, with an iTunes playlist that’s pushing well past the four hour mark. Well, then. That’s a change of pace from the usual stack of CDs, innit? As you may o ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 5th, 2010

For all my years—and, by this point, I think that all those scattered hours have finally added up to years—spent listening to, watching, reading and writing about, playing, and otherwise experiencing music, I have never truly thought of it as having saved my life. Likely because I never felt like one of those storied and stereotypical “at-risk” kids—think Keith Richards, Roger Daltrey, John Osb ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 14th, 2010

We live in an on-demand world. Portable devices nestled in our pockets and perched on our laps constantly imbibe the digital æther, granting us in-the-moment access to a near-endless supply of streaming entertainment and esoteric information. Have a random question? Feel like listening to music? Watching a movie? Reading a book? Browsing a magazine? Catching up on the latest news? Simply whip out ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 1st, 2010

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