Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece is the stuff of lo-fi r&b legend. Dropping in 2002 and getting most of its love thanks to a feature by The Roots (that’s his hook on “The Seed”), the whole record is creative, funny, and stylistically sprawling. He rocks. He rolls. He croons. And after putting it out, he … Continue reading Sunday Music: I Only Got Time To Think About The Time I Don’t Have

Sunday Music: Love Myself Better Than You

So what happens when you have to subscribe to yet another streaming service to watch a midweek soccer game, and then partway through a Saturday morning you remember a Super Bowl commercial told you Beavis and Butthead was on said platform, but instead you discover a short list of old MTV Unplugged episodes? You (and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Love Myself Better Than You

Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

I’ve had this one cooking for months and I am (finally) ready to call it done. As usual, we’re all over the place stylistically, but the connections are there if you look for them. From the poppy start to the folksy balladeer finish, I think these songs are as ready for springtime as I am. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist for April 2021

Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

There’s a sensitivity in the drawl of Valerie June’s voice that’s mesmerizing to me. Lots of people have unique voices, but few of them have the mastery over their instrument that she does. June’s got an ability to pull tones, sounds, and emotions out of songs that are unique to her. She’s got a new … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Call Me A Fool” By Valerie June

Sunday Music: Fire That Keeps Me, Keeps Me Running

Esther Rose described her single, “Keeps Me Running” as follows, “Keeps Me Running” is my most recklessly optimistic loner anthem to date. It’s about not being ready for a new relationship, chasing that wild lonely feeling, and being energized by it. Yeah. I’m going to say she nailed it. Vocally it’s conversational while hesitantly flipping … Continue reading Sunday Music: Fire That Keeps Me, Keeps Me Running

Sunday Music: Lord I’m Going Uptown To The Harlem River To Drown

Steve Earle lost his son and fellow musician Justin Townes Earle last year. As if that’s not tough enough, Steve just released a tribute album of him performing his son’s music. The whole record is as emotional in concept as it is in performance. J.T.’s songwriting always had a way of hitting a nerve with … Continue reading Sunday Music: Lord I’m Going Uptown To The Harlem River To Drown

Sunday Music: But It’s Still Alright

Nathaniel Rateliff’s “And It’s Still Alright” is a tough, tough song packaged in an airy, acoustic, softly-lined shell. There’s a whole lot of brilliant writing and intense emotion going on here. I’ll put the lyrics below, but when you listen, note the pacing and grouping of his phrases. There are parts where it feels like … Continue reading Sunday Music: But It’s Still Alright