Category music

When Do Bands Peak?

Brian Eno Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy

It’s easy to find lists of great debut albums, but personally I often prefer a band’s later records, where they stretch their wings, becoming more diverse and more comfortable in the studio. Bands’ debut albums are often the most pure,…

Tuesday’s Top Tens

Tom Waits Heart of Saturday Night

Happy Tuesday morning* (New Zealand time)! Often on Tuesday morning I feature an artist that I’ve recently added to the site, but I haven’t written much this week, so here are some lists for your viewing pleasure. *I just accidentally…

The Shuffle the Music Tag

Jazz Queen

I was nominated by Turntabletalk (thank you!) to do the shuffle music tag challenge. Here are the rules. THE RULES• Mention the creator of the tag and link to their blog (created by )• Thank the person that nominated you for this…

Wild Horses by Prefab Sprout

Prefab Sprout‘s terrific 1990 album, Jordan: The Comeback, features a song named ‘Wild Horses’. It’s about an older gentleman’s unsavoury attempt to woo a young lady. Paddy McAloon is a brilliant lyricist, and he’s in full flight here, throwing in…

New Zealand Music Month

NZ Music Month

Each May is New Zealand Music Month. It’s a promotion that has outstayed its welcome, especially as New Zealand has outgrown the cultural cringe for homegrown music that was evident in the 1960s and 1970s. But, perhaps not coincidentally, I’ve…

An Explanation and a Plan

An Explanation I wanted to provide an explanation to my fellow bloggers who may have noticed that this blog has undergone a name change, and that I’ve had to un-follow and re-follow your blogs. A few weeks ago, I noticed that I…