I submit that Duran Duran has some of the greatest, most esoteric song lyrics in the annals of commercially successful pop music. At any given moment, the lyrics are impenetrable stories about…about who knows what, really. But sci-fi imagery, sexy allusions, general weirdness, and random exotica seem to inform the band’s lyrical worldview. Sure, maybe
My longtime pal Brett, who is the defacto music editor of this site, has been exploring the creation of new musical micro-genres, to which I’m definitely amenable. In his words: …it seems to me that my trippy personal music is best enjoyed alone, so I think I want to somehow target people who are looking for
You may remember these 1980s tracks, or you may not. They probably charted respectably at one point but have been lost to obscurity over the years. These are the kind of semi-popular but not hugely popular AOR-style cuts that dominated my interest in the mid-80s. Thank you, WAPL.
This Valentine’s Day, I felt it was time to try something a bit different. So I summoned the prowess of legendary entertainer Clownvis, who came through in the clutch and tailored this video specifically for my babe, MJ. Happy Valentine’s Day, MJ!! Love, MC
Episode 3 of RADIO CADE features Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel. Radio Cade caught up with impossibly gifted multi-instrumentalist Brett Van Donsel to discuss music, friendship, recording with Steve Albini, and more. People, places and things mentioned in this podcast include: Crapola Ambiante “Beware the Shrike“ Deerhoof Electrical Audio Elvis Costello & the Attractions Fishbone
I’ve assembled a small list of music videos featuring dogs. Please share with dog lovers. Bonus: Check out this ANIMAL PLANET segment with Shellac drummer Todd Trainer and his Excellent Italian Greyhound, Uffizi (segment begins at the 2:54 mark).
Currently looping on my playlist for several days.
Lifelong pal Brett Van Donsel, who creates the music for my podcast, has a new song up for purchase: We originally recorded a version of this jam at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago in 2016. On the current version, Brett plays all the instruments himself and puts his multi-instrumentalist expertise on display. Brett’s