Although I listen to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast on a pretty regular basis, I make a point to listen whenever he talks to a musician. He recently had on John Popper and Chan Kinchala from Blues Traveler and they talked about everything from sneaking a tin can full of Ganja through airport security to how they first met Bill Graham and strategies for when you are trading licks with Santana.
Maron is a musician–although he probably wouldn’t admit it–but he still walks the fine line between spewing fanboy and observant listener. Both are essential elements for an interesting interview, but in this episode he lets the BT fellas take the wheel and spill all the deets about the early days at the New School in NYC.
Compiling a year-end “best of” list is almost a given for any journalist–especially those who are subjected to a pretty intense amount of music in a year. I was a bit lax in my organization this past year when it came to new music but measures are already in place for that not to repeat in 2013.
Most (okay, all) of my review output has appeared in the pages of PG, and considering I usually only do one review a month it is usually saved for either a high-profile release or something that really resonates with me. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the idea of giving an album a bad review just to dish out sup-par ratings.
And now, in no particular order, my favorite releases from 2012.
Zac Brown Band - Uncaged
Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards the Daylight
Gary Clark Jr. - Black and Blu
Interesting post by Maura Johnston over on the NPR Music blog:
If the idea is to “serve the reader,” does that mean exposing them to new things they haven’t heard and ideas that might not have been aired yet, or does it mean pivoting off the conventional wisdom in some way? The most crucial difference between print and online media consumption boils down to the click. When reading a print publication with multiple stories, your eye could flick over a headline or catchy paragraph and be drawn in; the process of choosing to read something is fluid.