Tribute albums can be the saddest damn things. Music executives shamelessly trying to squeeze every last gold nugget out of beautiful music. Aging rock stars with plastic faces struggling to hit notes they once reached with ease. Flat duets with a new top ten sensation. Tribute albums reek of the cheap perfume of sloppy nostalgia … Continue reading Album Review: Wrote a Song For Everyone, John Fogerty
Let's get something clear right off: Josh Ritter is the best singer/songwriter on the scene these days. Best is a slippery term, but I stand behind my diction. Argue as you probably should with such a bold statement, Ritter is the man who gave us "The Temptation of Adam" (Historical Conquests) and "The Curse" (So … Continue reading Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks, Josh Ritter
This is a question I've been asking myself and fellow musicians for years. I've heard emphatic yes's from musicians who claim it gives their talents an enthusiastic crowd they might not otherwise have access to. I've also witnessed colossal rants from song-writers who demand that the tyranny of the Clash be ended because it waters … Continue reading Is the Clash of the Titans Good for the Portland Music Scene?