What follows is a meditation on Mark Yarm's well-assembled book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, published in 2011. (By way of disclosure, I am one of the many sources he interviewed.) This essay doesn't properly belong here, and I know that, but this is home, even if I only stop by once a year.
The very first piece I wrote for The Rocket magazine in 1988, when finally I came out from behind the typesetting machine, was about the process of…Continue
Posted on June 1, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments
In the fall, backstage at the Ryman doing my duty for the Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards Show (thanks again to Dick Clark for the cumbersome name) I ran into an old friend, which is the whole point of going to the thing anyhow. He looked at the t-shirt I was wearing, black because I was working backstage, and at the No Depression logo on my chest. He smiled, briefly. "Get over it, Grant," Jim said.
I hadn't really considered my wardrobe choice. It was a black…Continue
Posted on January 1, 2013 at 10:30am — 14 Comments
Apple has announced that future computers will not come equipped with a CD drive, because everybody can download or stream anything they want now and the drives are heavy and cumbersome and break and irrelevant.
Though I am painfully sell aware that my opinion and input are neither wanted nor needed, I have some complaints to register, and a problem to lay before the assembled working musicians on this site.
(1) I can't download or stream music, nor movies, nor youtube videos.…Continue
Posted on December 9, 2012 at 4:00pm — 81 Comments
Greetings from the hinterlands. I suspect my long absence from this virtual community has been little missed, but for the two or three who might care please know that all is well. The challenges of helping to operate an independent bookstore and coffeeshop in this economy, while raising a child, diminish the time I might spend contemplating and writing about music. And, anyway, I'm trying to earn back my amateur status.
And yet, I still have a weekly radio show, which aired…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments
Only opening the mail yesterday did I realize the conjunctions of my musical past were beginning to collide.
There, in a plain brown envelop, I found an expanded edition of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. As Peter is wont to point out, the first review of the Ryman show the performers used to wrap that project, filmed for what became Down From the Mountain, was reviewed in our pages. I can remember hearing somebody at Lost Highway tell me, when I…Continue
Posted on August 19, 2011 at 3:46am — 13 Comments