Music Review: Blacks’ Myths – I (Atlantic Rhythms, Reissue, 2020) & II (Atlantic Rhythms, 2019)

This tape is the first tape I have wound by hand after it got gnarled up in the tape deck in DECADES. I also bought a dual cassette deck and pure tube amplifier just to listen to this! As a result, I now collect tapes again and I am also going to be making my… Continue reading Music Review: Blacks’ Myths – I (Atlantic Rhythms, Reissue, 2020) & II (Atlantic Rhythms, 2019)

Music Review: Time is Fire – In Pieces (Electric Cowbell, February 2020)

I will always be here for an ESG-inspired album cover. Every time I listen to this record, it becomes increasingly unclear what my favorite songs might be, and I just feel like I need to listen again and again to all of them. I am doing this right now, and I continue having to listen… Continue reading Music Review: Time is Fire – In Pieces (Electric Cowbell, February 2020)

Music Review: Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans (Text, March 2020)

Catboi Kropotkin showcasing how well this machine-crafted record fuses with the organic world. Growing up in the era of Hot Topic, in which all countercultures had been commodified and also divided against one another, it took my punk ass a while to get into electronic music. Being a "raver" was definitely not cool, and there… Continue reading Music Review: Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans (Text, March 2020)

Book Review: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff

The plus side is that I did not buy this book. The downside is I have to hold onto it and inevitably see it until quarantine is over since the Chicago Public Library is closed until May 31st currently. Add this one to the fat stack of music books getting all of the attention they… Continue reading Book Review: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty by Ben Ratliff

Book Review: Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman (2nd Ed.)

Catboi Kropotkin kept his eyes open just long enough for this photo and then promptly went to sleep. He respects Fugazi very much and apologizes for his nap-based lifestyle. Note: My book review rubric is a fifteen point scale with five points available in three categories: quality of writing, quality of content/information, and general aesthetics.… Continue reading Book Review: Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman (2nd Ed.)

Book Review: Face It by Debbie Harry

Had high expectations for this memoir, but after reading it, suspect it will be used most frequently to decorate rooms. Note: As an educator, nothing bothers me more than a rating system or rubric that is not clearly explained. Fair and well-crafted assessments are important. Justify your grades, fam. I use a scale of fifteen… Continue reading Book Review: Face It by Debbie Harry

Book Review: Murmur by J. Niimi

The book and the enormous list of vocabulary words I amassed reading it. Note: As an educator, nothing bothers me more than a rating system or rubric that is not clearly explained. Fair and well-crafted assessments are important. Justify your grades, fam. I use a scale of fifteen points, which are evenly divided between the… Continue reading Book Review: Murmur by J. Niimi