Dream Large

Truth is metal. Truth is alternative. Truth is prog. Truth is country. Truth is blues. Truth is jazz. Truth is folk. Truth is pop. Truth is rock. Truth is world. Truth is electronic. Truth is fusion. Truth is experimental. Truth is traditional. Truth is punk. Truth is gospel. Truth is dance. Truth is song. Truth is classic. Music is life. (From Portland, Oregon, on the eve of a Ryan Adams show.)


A Higher State of Reality

Liam Finn, carving out his own post-modern epoch, in song, wrapped up his current tour at the mighty Tractor Tavern in Ballard, Washington. (Ballard is like the fun younger brother of Seattle who likes to stay up late, and who always needs a designated driver to get home.) The show had everything, including wardrobe changes and a theremin-like thing that Finn insisted wasn’t a theremin. Finn is touring on his stylish new LP from Yep Roc Records, called “The Nihilist,” a lavish double LP in a gatefold sleeve that you must buy before it goes out of print forever. Yummy. Next up, Finn, who hails from New Zealand, will take on the UK and the EU. Finn’s nihilism is much more that of Kierkegaard than Heidegger, plus you can dance to Finn. Every rebellion runs smoother when dancing is involved. I’m just saying.

Elevators and Rivers

This man, Roky Erickson, coined the term “Psychedelic Rock.” His band, 13th Floor Elevators, did something new in 1965. By 1968, trouble came to town. A lot of years got lost in drugs and mental hospitals. This new record, “True Love Cast Out All Evil” (ANTI, 2010), marking an impressive return for Roky, was released with the help of Will Sheff and Okkervil River. It’s not over until it’s over, baby blue.