Mark Knopfler’s TRACKER and Art in Present Time

As a bookwormy kid, I was, of course, very comfortable and conversant with the past. With the exception of The Baby-Sitters Club series, which released new books periodically that I would greedily read in one sitting once I… Read More

Pet Theories Recording Diary–Day 2

Well, it’s definitely not an important large-scale creative endeavor if there’s not one major oh shit moment! After tracking vocals all morning and into the early afternoon on Sunday, my band Pet Theories and our audio engineer Kevin… Read More

Pet Theories Recording Diary–Day 1

With one full day of recording behind us, we’re elated, and exhausted. As I said close to the end of today’s session, I don’t know how bands who hate each other get through this process in one piece…. Read More

Pet Theories Recording Diary—Day 0

When I tell people that my dad was a musician, it’s often hard for me to explain what it was, exactly, that he did. The first assumption is usually that he played in a rock band. That he… Read More

The Heart and Voice of Mark Eitzel

mark eitzel smiling bjorn giesenbauer

“His chest was like Christ’s. That’s probably who he was. I could have followed anybody off that train. It would have been the same.” –Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son I’m a relative latecomer to the music of Mark Eitzel… Read More

The No-Excuses Guide to Home Recording

Stop kidding yourself if you think it takes much more than this to record a song and post it online: My band, Pet Theories, took about three hours on the evening of Memorial Day to record a drum… Read More

Musical Chakras

When I was going through my yearlong training to become a clairvoyant reader, one of the fun games I started playing for my own amusement was, any time I was at a concert, to look at which chakra… Read More

The Worst Drummer I Have Ever Seen

A little over a week ago I went to see a jazz pianist’s trio in concert for the first time. I’m not a particularly huge fan of his, but find his playing and sense of interpretation interesting. He… Read More

Now Let Us Praise Counting Crows

During my teen years in the ’90s, I wasn’t terribly tuned into contemporary music. Grunge just totally left me cold, and I didn’t realize it was possible to seek out anything, like Riot Grrl, that would have been… Read More

On The Divine Comedy and Mingling with Artists

Neil Hannon

For a good fifteen years now, whenever people have asked me what my favorite band is, I usually say The Divine Comedy. I attempted to oeuvreblog them a few years ago and wrote an introductory essay laying out… Read More

Talking to Phil Collins’s People

“So if you’re looking for your big, breakout single, you might wanna put a bid on this one tonight, ladies and gentlemen. Because we are talking to Phil Collins’s people, right? But then again . . . aren’t… Read More

Where Does the Love Go?

Terry Felus

After Hours—Caribou I’ve, historically, not been known among close friends as a crier. So, one of the most unexpected, and, in some ways, welcome, developments of ’08 was my transformation into, well, something of a basket case, frankly…. Read More