Archive for January, 2008

To be honest, I didn’t even think this was one of the 15-20 Elton John songs in my ipod. And when it came up, it seemed like an obvious delete. But I’m stunned to hear something new in a pop song I’ve heard at least two dozen times in as many years. Maybe it’s because this is the pushing-7-minute album version, but I never before caught that 2 1/2 minutes into his plaint, he tunefully exhales “It’s four o’clock in the morning, dammit!”


The Petty Bowl

18Jan08

Unless I think of something else to do, I will be watching my first Super Bowl this year. Tom Petty is one reason for this, but the reason that Prince didn’t get me last year was that until July 2007 I hadn’t had TV reception of any kind for the previous 12 years. The other reason […]


Christgau’s review of Les Savy Fav’s Let’s Stay Friends was misleading — as a listener guide, although not as a consumer guide, i.e. I’m glad his review prompted me to buy it, but would have saved a month of wondering if he’d zeroed in on what’s actually to love about it.  Spends a third of the paragraph describing […]


Shuffle is a regular feature used to discuss songs that come up in my ipod on shuffle mode, or songs that I will take poetic license to say I did because I feel like writing about them. Sure, Warren Zevon’s “The Envoy” is a macho fantasy. Right, it locates all the danger of the world in either El Salvador […]