Reissue: Achtung Baby is a double beef whopper

In the early 80s, the best live band on the planet was Queen. It was an undisputed truth, the sort of truth I liked, as a conservative fundamentalist who liked his truth to come in distinctly marked boxes. The liner notes of the double live album Queen Live Killers said that Queen were the best … Continue reading Reissue: Achtung Baby is a double beef whopper

Chaotic love and the coming apocalypse: A deep dive into The Age of Adz

The worst marital tiff I ever had was over nothing. Like all of them. It wasn't memorable because of what it was about—it was memorable because of what it preceded, and what I almost missed out on because of it. It was the night of the Sufjan Stevens concert at the Bruce Mason Centre in … Continue reading Chaotic love and the coming apocalypse: A deep dive into The Age of Adz

The Wall: More relevant now than ever

Like the best literature, Pink Floyd’s The Wall doesn’t reveal all its levels of meaning at once. Its hooks are Gilmour’s delayed echo guitar, Waters’ bass riffs, theatrical voices conducting interconnected panto scenes between tracks, the fighter jet, the helicopter, and iconic songs like Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 and Comfortably Numb. My … Continue reading The Wall: More relevant now than ever