Back Stories | My Album Reviews from Jan. 8, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Black Crowes, Opeth, Refused, Flat Duo Jets and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say...

Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness | The Tinnitist Interview

There's an old saying: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Moe Berg can appreciate both sides of that coin. Thirty years ago, the lanky...

Back Stories | My Exclusive 2011 Interview With Jeff Bridges

Watching Jeff Bridges accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday reminded me of the time I interviewed him back in 2011. At the time,...

DIY Discovery | The Hector Collectors

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there's nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to the latest instalment...

Playback Time | Rewinding Tim Curry’s Post-Rocky Road

For many people — maybe most people — Tim Curry's singing career begins and ends with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That's understandable. Rocky Horror was, after all, more...

19 Albums I Definitely Want to Hear in 2019 (& 500 More That I...

If one of your resolutions is to listen to more music in 2019, you're in luck: There's no shortage of stuff coming down the pipe. After sifting through umpteen...

19 Predictions for Music in 2019

Those who don't remember the past are supposedly doomed to repeat it. That may be true most of the time. But not when it comes to music. Then it...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Rock Albums

Top Pick: The 1975 | A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships You can swipe through all the British bands you want looking for your perfect match, but in the end,...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Alternative Albums

Top Pick: Tropical Fuck Storm | A Laughing Death in Meatspace Just like Smucker's, Monkey Pus and Painful Rectal Itch, Tropical Fuck Storm have a name so awful they've got...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Pop & Dance Albums

Top Pick: Robyn | Honey Life turns a lot of folks hard and bitter. It does not make most people soft and sweet. Good thing Robyn is not like most...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Singer-Songwriter Albums

Top Pick: Van Morrison | The Prophet Speaks With Van Morrison, you take what you get. And you can like it or lump it; he doesn't give a good goddamn...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Most Overlooked Canadian Albums

Top Pick: Eamon McGrath | Tantramar There is no shortcut to greatness. There is only the long haul. Eamon McGrath knows. Or at least he should; it's clearly the path...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Roots Albums

Top Pick: Richard Thompson | 13 Rivers Richard Thompson is at his best when he's at his worst. That's patently obvious to anyone who's spent quality time with Shoot Out...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Alt-Roots Albums

Top Pick: Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis | Wild! Wild! Wild! I don't know who introduced Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks, but they deserve a Grammy. If not...

2018 in Review | Tinnitist’s Top Rap | Hip-Hop | R&B | Soul Albums

Top Pick: Noname | Room 205 Too many rappers talk too much and say too little. This is not a problem that Fatimah Nyeema Warner (aka Noname) is ever likely...

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