Albums of the Year – 2015 – Part 3

These are probably not in any real order except for number one below: Foals – What Went Down.  It’s a solid top seven list, I think.  They all move between ranks but all have stayed pretty high in the top eschelon. Besides these new-this-year albums, I’ve also forgotten to mention that I’ve been on a…

Albums of the Year – 2015 – Part 2

Here it is.  Part deux.  Big year.  This is the part of the list where it gets real.  Do people still say that?  Well, they do here.  Or, as I’d say in a work e-mail, “Please see below:” Craig Finn – Faith In The Future The studio sent a car to collect me When the…

RAMONES

For some reason I’m buying up Stooges and Ramones records like nobody’s business. I don’t know what happens when you’re a 42 year-old punk rock fan but I get the feeling that I’m about to find out. Ironically, I’m writing this during an intermission in the Nutcracker ballet.

Albums of the Year – 2015 – Part 1

I haven’t done an album of the year post in a couple of years.  In fact, I’ve mostly given up blogging for the last couple of years.  However, a recent road trip to Germany compelled me to compile a list this year.  The fact is, it was an exceptionally good year for music.  Lots of…

The Future of Music?

If this is the future of music, my record collection is going to be very valuable.  Because this sounds pretty awful.

Lightning Review: My Morning Jacket – “The Waterfall”

I just put this on my turntable after listening to a particularly electronic album.  I can only stay up so late so I did record two of the double album and I can tell you that it’s incredible.  It sounds like it could have been recorded in 1977.  There’s something very AM about it.  It…

Spoon at Bi Nuu, Berlin 06-02-14

First off, the fact that I’m blogging after who-knows-how-long should tell you how incredible this show was. Berlin? Check. Tiny venue? Check. Incredible band?  Check. Reckless abandon?  Check. Check. Check. Mrs. NH and I drove up to Berlin on a Monday morning to see this show.  A sitter stayed with the girls.  Reason being, Spoon…

Kurt Vile at Lucerna Music Bar, Prague 06-17-13

I have been to some pretty loud concerts in my day.  I remember Sugar at Deep Ellum Live during my freshman year in college.  Doves at the 9:30 club as a young professional just starting out in Washington, DC also left an indelible mark on my ear drums.  On Monday night, Kurt Vile and the…

Ryan Adams at The Royal Albert Hall, London 03-19-13

Sometimes you just get really lucky.  I mean really lucky.  Tuesday night was one of those nights for me.  I had planned to be in London for a work conference and had to make it a quick trip.  London is a great place to travel for work and to stay longer than the absolute minimum…

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at Obecní dům, Prague 01-12-13

Glenn Miller’s iconic “In the Mood” is not normally thought of as a song that would make you get choked up.  However, on Saturday night, it did just that. After flailing around for a Christmas gift for Little NH, I happened on tickets to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Prague.  The show was Little…

Album of My Year: The Walkmen – “Heaven”

It’s pretty obvious that I’m getting old and lazy.  I used to post immense lists of albums at the end of the year.  In fact, in years past on another blog, I posted one review a day in the lead up to New Year’s Day.  This year, I’m only posting about one album as my…

Thunder Review: Elbow – Vinyl Box Set

I guess I was a good boy this year.  Mrs. NH got me the Elbow vinyl box set for Christmas.  She did so after I refused to stop talking about it.  I actually made the order.  But with her express consent.  So that’s a gift, right? Last night I got time to sit down and…

Foie Gras with Honey and Balsamic Reduction

The majority of Thursday night was spent writing lyrics and finishing (3!) songs.  What does a hungry, world-renowned recording artist do when the songs are done and the belly is growling its own tune?  Make foie gras, of course. I cut a block of foie gras in three equal slices, fried it until brown in…

On Songwriting

The past two and a half weeks have given me more free time than I’ve had since Little NH was born.  As you can see, I’ve filled a lot of that time up with food preparation.  Thankfully, I have also gotten to indulge in another hobby of mine – making music. I am an amateur…