2019, My Year in Listening

Grad school upended how I listen to music. Mostly, music with discernible lyrics was out. As you'll see, I listened to a lot of Spanish language music. But this was year of mostly classical music, including more baroque music than I care to admit. This is the year where the occasional, subtle dissonances that you … Continue reading 2019, My Year in Listening

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 (Record Review): Hamza el Din, Escalay

(A LP happens to be 1 square foot, which makes record reviews almost obligatory for this blog). Francis Ford Coppola's 'chapter' of the 1989 anthology film New York Stories is about the relationship between a daughter, Zoë, and a father, who is a famous flautist. The only piece of it that's stuck with me for all of … Continue reading Etude (Record Review): Hamza el Din, Escalay