PLAYBACK available¬†until 11/25 via KEXP:: Without a doubt, Allen Toussaint was one of my favorite musicians. He was a writer, producer, arranger, and on occasion performer and recording artist in his own right. He had a gift. His golden touch is unparalleled. He was shrewd enough to know that to maximize his amazing gift as […]


Listen to 3 hours of music via KEXP‘s streaming audio archive until July 9th. Just click the link! Yes, Led Zeppelin were fans of the blues. They did Robert Johnson‘s “Traveling Riverside Blues” (1937) in 1969 and it eventually appeared on the expanded Coda LP. Though it’s not a straight up cover of the song, […]

Now this is country music! Well, sorta….. it’s also “metamodern sounds in country music”, the first openly gay country album from 1973, a Velvet Underground country song, and apparently lots of “fucked-up country” according to one listener who emailed me from the side of the road (not sure which road, but life’s roads can be […]