Masculin Féminin

Godard’s 1966 film is on YT in its entirety with English subtitles. Look at the scary warning below and ask yourself: “Am I old enough to view this film?” Maybe you aren’t. You should watch it anyway. Masculin Féminin is set in Paris in 1965, and it’s a grim place, alluring but never beautiful. In the opening scene, a woman follows a man out of a cafe and shoots him. In what seems to be… Continue reading Masculin Féminin

SexyMF30 Prince Symposium

Dispatches from the virtuality–Prince as superhero–Chris Rock I was fortunate to participate in another online symposium produced by De Angela Duff, my hero, a.k.a., Polished Solid. <–If you are interested in what’s happening in Prince scholarship, De Angela’s channel should be your first stop. SexyMF30 celebrated and examined Prince’s 1992 Love Symbol album, stylized as the unpronounceable symbol which Prince would adopt as his name just one year later on his birthday, June 7, 1993.… Continue reading SexyMF30 Prince Symposium

Echoes of Ourselves

Like Substack but with less stackin’. Prince Sticks Up for Teachers at Age 11 In April 1970, Prince was eleven years old and Minneapolis teachers were on strike. In recently discovered footage shot by WCCO, the Twin Cities’ CBS affiliate, there is Prince, confident but with a familiar shyness, sticking up for the teachers. When the news of this footage broke, Prince-verse lit up like the purple crack in the sky in the recent Spider-Man… Continue reading Echoes of Ourselves

Revisiting Nothing Has Been Done Before

Recently I was interviewed for our local community paper’s book column about my 2017 book, Nothing Has Been Done Before. Read it here! I enjoyed chatting with Mandy Shunnarah about the continuing relevance of “the new” in music culture, and we even took a related detour into musical genres. If you want to learn more about the book, check out its page here on the website. I have a project in the works that would… Continue reading Revisiting Nothing Has Been Done Before

Built To Spill, “Cortez The Killer”

In the category of “Did Not Know I Needed This,” Built To Spill clocks in with a twenty-minute “Cortez The Killer,” the Neil Young anti-colonialism song. My mother is now in a memory care facility. The last five minutes of BTS’ performance, recorded live somewhere, gets at the feeling.

Blind Engineer Returns with Human Capital

My band’s first full-length has been available for some time over on Bandcamp in digital and CD formats. We’re also on the Spotify and other streaming sites. We also have a kick-ass t-shirt for your consumption! Pic follows the embed.

1plus1plus1is3

Recently I was thrilled to present at another Prince symposium organized by the incredible De Angela Duff and her team of Arthur Turnbull and Krysta Battersby. This was the second year that the symposium was virtual, and despite a few hiccups with the hosting platform, it was a smooth experience. The topics? Controversy at 40 years, Diamonds and Pearls at 30, and The Rainbow Children at 20. Thus: 1+1+1=3. So these are three of my… Continue reading 1plus1plus1is3

This Week’s EP

April 2021 All-Neil Young Edition Since last fall, Neil Young has released the massive box set, Neil Young Archives, Vol. II (1972-1976), Way Down In The Rust Bucket (a live album with Crazy Horse, recorded in 1990), and Young Shakespeare (a solo live album recorded in 1971). Crazy Horse wins the day. I don’t know what it is–other than Billy Talbot (bass) and Ralph Molina (drums) being both rocksteady and loose as gravel, Frank “Poncho”… Continue reading This Week’s EP

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