St. Paul comes marching in

November 19, 2016By MarkGeneral, Music, Musings By Mark No Comments

About halfway through St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ incendiary 85-minute show at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre last night, frontman Paul Janeway pointed out that “I can’t believe that just four-and-a-half years ago, I was a bank teller.” When you see St. Paul it’s hard to believe that the 33-year-old and his tight 7-piece band … Read More

48 years old but oh so new

January 16, 2015By MarkGeneral, Music, Musings By Mark No Comments

So, I got a couple of highly-acclaimed box sets from some of my favorite artists ever for the holidays. Between them, the two boxes have 10 CDs, so it’s taken a while to listen a few times before writing about them. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the depth and breadth of both Wilco’s … Read More

Beg, borrow, steal?

September 21, 2014By MarkGeneral, Music, Musings By Mark 2 Comments

So, the other day on the radio (yes, some of us still listen to that sometimes!) I heard about Robin Thicke whining that he really didn’t write “Blurred Lines,” he was just high on Vicodin and booze. The whole mea culpa sounded to me like he was asking Marvin Gaye’s estate to sue Pharell, not … Read More

Arcade Fire on Fire Live

May 3, 2014By MarkMusic, Musings By Mark No Comments

Saw Arcade Fire for the second time in my life last night. As much as you may like or not like them on recordings, their live shows are a must. They paid homage to Georgia’s own during their encore . With 12 people on stage switching back and forth between instruments, in and out of … Read More

There will always be the west

April 24, 2014By MarkGeneral, Music, Musings By Mark 1 Comment

Some song lyrics are universally acclaimed. You have lyrics by the usual suspects: Dylan, Simon, Lennon, Costello. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people laud “the sunshine bores the daylights out of me (Jagger/Richards “Rocks Off”). But we all have our pet lyricists, who speak to us. I’ve been listening to Magnolia … Read More

Passing the torch

April 4, 2014By MarkGeneral No Comments

I finally watched my DVR-d Letterman from Thursday night and saw his retirement announcement. It was classic Dave, the perfect mix of sincerity and insincerity, self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement. It was joyful and sad. The man is the most important entertainment figure of the past 30 years. He gave so many bands their first major exposure, … Read More

Many Happy Returns

February 18, 2014By MarkGeneral, Music, Musings By Mark No Comments

2013-14 are shaping up as the “years of the reunion” for many of the most influential bands of the past 35 years:  Outkast, the Pixies, the Replacements, and now, the Afghan Whigs. On the new single “Algiers,” just released a few hours ago, original Whigmaster Greg Dulli and co-conspirator John Curley revisit the soulful sound … Read More

Music’s biggest night

January 26, 2014By MarkMusings By Mark No Comments

I’m usually pretty ambivalent about the Grammys. While they always have some acts worth watching, the show usually runs way too long and has too much drivel for my tastes. But I’m pretty excited this year. Even in the categories traditionally populated by epic blandness, some great songs and albums made the cut. And some … Read More