paul wellstone, 1944-2002

Earlier this week my buddy Reid mentioned that he was thinking of Senator Paul Wellstone, and how if he was still alive the face of American politics would probably look very different. I agreed and agree, and it is rare that a week passes without my thinking of and remembering well and mourning the loss…

quote: mason jennings on marriage, sort of

This quote from a 2011 American Songwriter interview with Mason (I was doing research for a piece) made me grin: I’ve heard that couples would come up to you after your shows sometimes to tell you what your music means to them. Yeah, it’s just something we noticed over the years. Often times, when I…

album review: mason jennings — always been

Mason Jennings’ newest album, Always Been, takes its title from track 2, “Patti & Robert”, where the phrase is a repeating chorus; the song itself was inspired after Mason met Patti Smith at a benefit concert in New York City and read Just Kids while flying back to Minnesota. So basically that’s a sentence that…

mason jennings — minnesota

I’ve of two minds when it comes to writing about Mason’s new releases; sometimes I do it immediately, because they evince such a flood of feelings in me, and sometimes I drag my feet about it, because they evince such a flood of feelings in me. Minnesota, which came out a few weeks ago, is…

mason jennings — the flood

Mason Jennings — The Flood. Out now digitally, 11/23 hard copy on Brushfire Records. This is not the post I planned to write today. This, instead: me at 19, with the poodle passing as my hair grown most of the way down my back, instead of short and shaggy like I keep it now. (Sometimes…

top 25 albums of 2009

lucero @ cat’s cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. THIS IS A VERY LONG POST ABOUT MUSIC. It’s almost 2010, and so: top 25 albums of 2009, in rough reverse order (#1 is at the bottom!) based on a combination of objective quality and subjective belovedness, according to me:

mason jennings @ the cat’s cradle

mason jennings @ the cat’s cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. Heather wrote a great post about an old old old school Mason Jennings bootleg over at Fuel/Friends on Sunday, and a) it got me digging out all my old Mason boots and b) realizing that I could kick in a little about that show in…

mason jennings — blood of man

mason jennings @ the cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. Mason Jennings — Blood of Man.  Out in hard copy next Tuesday, 9/15, on Brushfire Records. This is the least helpful album review you’ll read all year: it’s Mason.  I think this album is unreservedly amazing, because I am incapable of being rational or objective or thoughtful about the…