Etude (Record Review): R.E.M., Automatic for the People

Automatic for the People was never my favorite R.E.M. album. Later, the inescapable ubiquity of “Man on the Moon,” and “Everybody Hurts” on radio tarnished the thing for me. Between the movie tie-in and the overly joyful “Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight,” it began to feel trite and commercially exposed. At least in comparison to the music I was … Continue reading Etude (Record Review): R.E.M., Automatic for the People

Etude (Spice Rack): Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, Amber Memories of Los Angeles

There are two things about me that might come up in conversation if we talk freely at length. Actually, there are many, many things that might come up if you let me talk, these are just two. The first is that I have a terrible memory of my own past. People tell me stories about myself … Continue reading Etude (Spice Rack): Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, Amber Memories of Los Angeles