As Not Heard on Pandora — After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed

“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.” “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12 Pandora Internet Radio is an amazing service. Since joining in 2008, it has introduced me to more great music than the AM/FM radio, my friends, … Continue reading As Not Heard on Pandora — After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed

The Rural Upsurge — A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool

Arthur Rackham illustration for The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Since the US‘s founding, Americans have steadily moved from the countryside to the city but the story of our pop culture has always been the product of a dialogue between the two worlds, with urban and rural fashions coming and going. While being country … Continue reading The Rural Upsurge — A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool

Your Tuesday night planned… Echo Park or Little Saigon — what’s it going to be?!

So I’m slated to DJ at the Short Stop in Echo Park on 15 May, 2012 (this coming Tuesday unless you’re pulling this from the archives). I’ll be splitting the music slanging chores with Joe Skyward (Sky Cries Mary, The Posies, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jean Jacket Shotgun), Jimmy James and Greene Candy Machine. Of … Continue reading Your Tuesday night planned… Echo Park or Little Saigon — what’s it going to be?!

Sounds of the Show-Me State — Happy Missouri Day

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s Map of Missouri Missouri’s nickname, the “Show Me State,” first appears in print in the words of congressman, William Vandiver, who declared in 1889, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats. Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got … Continue reading Sounds of the Show-Me State — Happy Missouri Day