Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack

Merrill Garbus, the creative force behind Tune-Yards, started with a ukulele, an audio editing program called audacity, and the DIY spirit, recording her debut album Bird-Brains through a personal voice recorder over the course of two years. In her next album, Whokill, she expanded and matured her sound quite a bit–adding a dedicated bassist and…

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 2 “Scratch”

[Part 2 of 4 of the Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel discography. In this series, I’ll be reviewing the self-titled Peter Gabriel albums known as Car, Melt, and Security. Peter Gabriel is best known by his successful album “So” with singles “Sledgehammer,” and “In Your Eyes.” He was also keeper of the soul of the influential…

Noah (2014)

The Bible is a book whose influence cannot be underestimated. It helped standardize English. It’s how people get sworn into office. It even gets it’s own citation guidelines. These are stories so good that we’ve been telling them for thousands of years, so it’s curious that they aren’t constantly being mined for source material. Sure,…

St. Vincent: St. Vincent

This album is one of the best of the year. That’s a fact. Well, Probably. St. Vincent, whose real name is Annie Clark, has become on of the most important art rockers out there: She released two very good albums in Marry Me and Actor (One of which is literally named after a line in Arrested Development.)…

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel 1 “Car”

[Part 1 of 4 of the Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel discography. In this series, I’ll be reviewing the self-titled Peter Gabriel albums known as Car, Melt, and Security. Peter Gabriel is best known by his successful album “So” with singles “Sledgehammer,” and “In Your Eyes.” He was also keeper of the soul of the influential…

Malcolm Gladwell – David and Goliath

In writing his books, Malcolm Gladwell generally follows the same method. In The Tipping Point, he mixed stories and social science to talk about how small things can make a big difference. In Blink, he mixed stories and social science to talk about how sometimes instant reactions can be valuable. In Outliers, he mixed stories and social…

Son Lux – Lanterns

Ryan Lott, better known by his stage name Son Lux, has had an almost totally unpredictable career as an artist. In 2008, he released the precision-crafted At War with Walls & Mazes, which was recorded and produced over the course several years. In 2011, he released We Are Rising, which was recorded and produced start-to-finish…