Blind Engineer Announces New EP The Big Restless

Back in January, Blind Engineer (my band, my bae?) went "into the studio" to record and came out three days later into the sun with a bunch of songs. Six of them are going to be released on our new EP, The Big Restless, in late July.We're putting the finishing touches on the album now,… Continue reading Blind Engineer Announces New EP The Big Restless

Scenes of Love and Theft and the Midwestern Work Ethic or Something

Scattered updates must mean I'm busy, which is a good thing. My article "Scenes of Love and Theft: Bob Dylan, Piracy, and Cultures of Transgression" for the Los Angeles Review of Books should be up today. It reviews two new books: Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric! and Stephen Witt's How Music Got Free. (Edit: Here's… Continue reading Scenes of Love and Theft and the Midwestern Work Ethic or Something

Forthcoming: PopMatters Column and TCJ Article

Two bits of news, kids. My "Ties That Bind" column at PopMatters will return in March. I took a hiatus last summer in order to focus on some book-length projects: finishing my novel The Day and getting it out to agents, getting further ahead on my book about The 'Nam and my book of music… Continue reading Forthcoming: PopMatters Column and TCJ Article

Marcus Review Forthcoming and More

I've got a review of Greil Marcus' new book, The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs (Yale Univ.) forthcoming at Public Books, a gem of a site. It should be up sometime in early-mid September. Marcus' work is thought-provoking as usual, but something unique and, I think, important for my work clicked when… Continue reading Marcus Review Forthcoming and More