<em>The Science of How Things Unfold</em> – Futexture (2012)

The Science of How Things Unfold – Futexture (2012)

When I feature music on this site, I frequently refer to albums as “listening experiences” as opposed to just a collection of tracks.  I think this is an important distinction to make – music is created as an art to appreciate, enjoy, and be inspired by, not just a utility to be consumed and discarded. … Continue reading

<em>Redivider</em> – Dopapod (2012)

Redivider – Dopapod (2012)

I’ve got to say that one of my favorite things about the current music industry is this strong resurgence of jam band music and culture that’s been going on for the past several years.  As someone who wishes they had been alive to witness the explosion of psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and the jam band … Continue reading

<em>Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm</em> – Benjamin Francis Leftwich (2011)

Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm – Benjamin Francis Leftwich (2011)

Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm is just one of those records that makes you feel better almost immediately after pressing play. The soft, fingerpicked patterns on the acoustic guitar accompanying a dreamy male voice; it’s the classic combination for any typical singer-songwriter.  Something sets Benjamin Francis Leftwich apart from the crowd, though.  Maybe it’s the chorus … Continue reading

<em>Wisdom of Crowds</em> – Bruce Soord, Jonas Renkse (2013)

Wisdom of Crowds – Bruce Soord, Jonas Renkse (2013)

I always love it when two musicians who have both put in the time developing their individual careers and finding success with their respective projects decide to come together to create a collaborative album.  We saw this a few days ago with Storm Corrosion, the joint endeavor of Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt.  Today, I’ve got … Continue reading

<em>The Dirty Boogie</em> – The Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)

The Dirty Boogie – The Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)

Brian Setzer has always been a bit of an old soul.  He got his big break in the early 1980s as the frontman of a group called the Stray Cats, which gained popularity as a rockabilly revival band.  With the music industry having moved on from its Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly days three decades … Continue reading