Reheat the Beatles

February 9, 2014

“Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust … ” — The Clash, “London Calling” To begin to talk about the Beatles is to begin to talk about water, so pertinent, pervasive and invisible is their influence. So necessary they are. You …

New Boxxle contest

November 17, 2013

Tell us why you want one in the comments below. What is a Boxxle you say? Well it’s a handsome stainless steel and black plastic appliance for dispensing bag-in-box beverages. Like boxed wines. It is designed to sit on top …

The Boxxle lives!

September 11, 2011

As I reported in today’s (Sept. 11, 2011) drinkies column, the Kickstarter campaign referred to in the above video failed. But not to worry, the Boxxle lives. Here’s what it’s inventor, Tripp Middleton has to say: “Though we did not …

Live at Leeds: 40th Anniversary Super-Deluxe Collectors’ Edition

January 5, 2011

I’m writing about the four-CD release in next Tuesday’s Critical Mass column. I find I kind of like the Who. They were a rather pleasant band of chaps. The list price is $79.98 Here’s the product info: “The Who’s Live …

Shoot Out the Lights available through Rhino Handmade

November 21, 2010

While if you haven’t already put in your order yet it may be too late, Rhino Handmade is offering a limited edition, double-CD version of Richard and Linda Thompson’s shattering 1982 break-up album Shoot Out the Lights. It’s $39.98, and …

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the promises we make ourselves

November 20, 2010

Bruce Springsteen – “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’” Sneak Peek from Columbia Records on Vimeo. I was 19 years old when Darkness on the Edge of Town was released, just back in the U.S. …

Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

November 10, 2010

The thusly titled four-CD plus DVD box set is out next week — on November 16 — and I am in the process of writing a little essay about it for my Critical Mass column for the Sunday Style section. …