Youngest Son Adds Laments to the Indie Hymnal
Sincerity marries sorrow in an album with a tuneful, memorable pop sensibility.
Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative
When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?
Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters
They didn't so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.
Loving Through the Pain: Why Learning an Instrument Matters
Mark Oppenheimer started a conversation over at The New Republic on whether parents ought to force their children to…
Three Cheers for the Sideman
In a recent segment of HuffPost Live, James Poulos spotlights one of my under-the-radar musical heroes: guitarist Waddy Wachtel.…
Five Unusual Manifestations of Narrative Form
New Yorker blogger Bee Wilson explored the narrative form in recipes on Monday. While introducing readers to William Sitwell’s…
Mumford and Retroculture
Watching the above parody, I thought about about an NPR story from about a month ago about “retro-acculturation,” in…
News Flash: ‘Glee’ Producers are Really Lazy and Unscrupulous
Hey look, @gleeonfox ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: bit.ly/WME9Ho. Never even contacted me. Classy. — Jonathan…
The Mountain Goats: Disco Purgatorio
Since we’re talking about Christ-haunted indie music … first, you guys should listen to the Weakerthans. And second, there’s a…
Mumford & Sons and the Death of Church Music
Christian rock and hipster folk-pop pull the same emotional levers.