Endorsement: Kate and Anna McGarrigle

I’ve gotta take a pause from songwriting and/or Allen Toussaint fetishizing and switch the subject of my gaze to another celestial object: the McGarrigle sisters, Kate and Anna.  Perhaps you don’t know them at all, or perhaps you know them only as Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s mother and aunt, respectively.  In my family, our introduction … Continue reading

Little Liberties

On Friday night, Lara and I got to see Allen Toussaint play — the first time I’d seen him perform solo.  He was phenomenal, and his set list was lighter on cheese, and heavier on ’70s deep-cut masterpieces, than when we saw him last year with his full band. At both shows, he closed with … Continue reading

Sun in Rain

“Sun in Rain” is a song I’ve had kicking around, semi-unfinished, for a while.  This was the week to post it because, in its reverb-drenched condition, it makes for a nice tribute to My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (aka Yim Yames), whom Lara and I went to see tonight.  He gave an incredible performance … Continue reading

Fortune Teller

I have no idea what “Fortune Teller” is about, but I’ve always believed that the writer of a song is not necessarily the best equipped to divine its meaning.  Here are some theories about its secret subject: 1. Toni Preckwinkle (winner of the Democratic primary for Cook County Board president, and almost certain to win … Continue reading

Free Pass #1

Hello 52 Teeth Nation — With prodigious sobs and self-deprecating shudders, I hereby announce my failure to carve out recording time this week.  I have learned a powerful lesson, which is the following: Do not expect to get anything done if you plan on doing it after work on Sunday night, before you go to … Continue reading