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Don’t Mess with New Orleans

SXSW and a few phone conversations we’ve had prompted John Swenson to fire off this email/editorial/rant/state of the union address. Rather than keep it to myself, I’m sharing it with […]

New Stuff

Stephen Davis’ Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend got me interested in the Doors. It didn’t make me like the Doors, but his depiction of a band that knew it was […]

Post-SXSW reading

The two best post-SXSW things I read: a rip on the SXSW blow-by-blow (which makes me feel pretty crappy after having just written one, but since my eyes rolled back […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 4

Actually, not a notebook dump. My pen broke during a James McMurtry set – lousy Spring swag pen! – and besides, I saw little new & was more into a […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 3

Friday started at Flatstock, a show of poster art at the convention center. The last time I saw it a few years ago, it was dominated by B-movie images – […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 2

Thursday morning, Lou Reed sat for the keynote interview with producer and friend Hal Willner, Willner likely chosen because Reed respected him enough to take his questions seriously. Willner started […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 1

My afternoon started at the Guitartown/Conqueroo party with James McMurtry, whose set illustrated the power of an angry guitar. McMurtry’s songs depict people living in hard times, and they frequently […]

What to Do, What to Do?

I recently reviewed the new Ray Davies album, Working Man’s Cafe, and faced the question of what you say about a new album by an artist who has the sort […]

Oh My Stars

Recently, Robert Christgau weighed in the Maxim/Black Crowes dust-up. According to Maxim writer David Peisner, the piece was only supposed to be a preview, and it was his editors who […]

What I’m Listening to Today

To make OffBeat‘s “Pop Life” more of a dialogue, I’ve temporarily moved it to this site. It’s also easier to write more regularly and spontaneously, more accurately reflecting how and […]