Of The Year – 2014

For once I’m writing this at a not too unreasonable point after the end of the year in question, so no need for a backdated post inserted via time travel… 1. LILILIL — Benji Hughes I can’t think of another album in the last decade — if not ever — that leaves me with such a big…

Rocktober Recap

I know I go to more concerts than the average person. But October was nuts even for me. Let me count the ways… October 1 – The Felice Brothers at the Roxy The Felices are my wife’s favorite band, and have come to hold a special place in my heart too.  Their show was a…

Kurt Cobain + Time Travel = 3 Books

Fun fact: Searching for Cobain time travel on Amazon yields 3 results: Lost in the ’90s by Frank Anthony Polito: A teenaged rocker stage-dives during a ’90s themed dance and wakes up in 1994. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman: An essay collection featuring unrelated sections on time travel and Kurt Cobain. Timely Persuasion by JL Civi: A…

6 Songs of Your Life

Read about this cool 6 songs of your life idea via NPR about a month ago and have been thinking about it ever since. After several drafts, here are my six… “Taxi” by Harry Chapin My parents are big Harry Chapin fans and would play this a lot when I was little. So much that…

Of The Year – 2013

It’s best of time again… 1. We The Common — Thao & The Get Down Stay Down This album came out in January and managed to hold the top go to slot all year. Rockin’ and poppy, with shades of The Breeders here and there. Saw them live three times this year and they didn’t disappoint….

November 22nd

Impromptu playlist for 11/22:

Re-imagined, Reissued, Remixed, Recovered

My original plan wasn’t to review these two albums together, but when the synergy hit me I couldn’t pass it up. Nirvana & Mike Doughty somehow managed to intertwine themselves with my musical DNA years ago and haven’t ever let go. Nevermind was my first favorite album and the one that pretty much made me who…

A Wiki Edit That Makes Me Sad

This isn’t the kind of time travel I like 🙁 Benji Hughes – Wikipedia February 2013 Edit: August 2013 Edit: Guess Thao & The Get Down Stay Down won’t have the competition for album(s) of the year I was hoping they would. (Then again, Mike Doughty has this thing coming up…)

Outside Lands Recap

In the spirit of my 2010 Coachella recap, here are some thoughts on last weekend’s Fester-esque trip to Outside Lands in San Francisco. Arrived a little late on Friday, mostly getting the lay of the land while gearing up for Paul McCartney’s highly anticipated headlining set and fulfillment of my lifelong dream to see a…

Fester Commentary

The Coachella Lineup announcement reminded/inspired me to work on the long delayed commentary for my “Fester” short story. I’ll use the same bulleted stream of consciousness format from the old series of Timely Persuasion commentary posts. Warning:  Some of the below contains minor spoilers. If you haven’t read “Fester” you probably don’t want to read…