What you prefer may depend on the order in which you heard it

The Smashing Pumpkins at the peak of their powers. (Photo by Paul Bergen)

Our debate took ten years to unfold, but it was over in ten words.

“I’m not saying you’re wrong. I just believe something different.”

Before I explain, let’s get one thing straight: Siamese Dream is peak form Smashing Pumpkins. This is not debatable. No alternative facts allowed. The Chicago alt-rockers…

An obsessive’s compendium

Artwork by Ashley Rose Falkowski

The ubiquitous crush of technology, climate change, a resurgence of fascism, the dread of isolation — Radiohead’s music has foreshadowed and survived it all. The British rock Emeriti are the closest living, breathing thing we have to the pop music royalty of the Beatles. They’re tunesmiths, sonic warlocks, unapologetic experimentalists…

We could all learn a lesson or two by avoiding the hot take.

Author created image with photos from Django Crosby and Davis Bates

In his book “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” the technologist, scholar, and humanist Jaron Lanier offers ten reasons for trying the unthinkable and taking a luddite’s approach to connecting online — just don’t do it.

He strikes a tenor similar to the Netflix documentary The…

Ten musicians who helped us pass the time in an interminable year

It seems contradictory to even place those two words within earshot of each other: “Best” and “2020.” The fight for racial justice hit a painful cultural flashpoint, we sweated out presidential election results for ̶d̶a̶y̶s̶,̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶,̶ months, and…

Waxahatchee’s reflective, sober soundtrack for quarantine times

image by Christopher Good

The one constant for Waxahatchee has always been Katie Crutchfield’s voice. That is to say, her literal one — a sweet, wise-beyond-its-years tenor that is half clarion call and half frayed edge — and metaphorical one: the messages she bears of wry disillusionment…

Jeff Goodwin

Music writer at ludditestereo.com, user experience guy, proud bumbling dad.

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