The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Various Artists, “American Hustle”

This Friday is Black Friday, the uniquely American occasion in which citizens of all economic stripes and strata are encouraged to spend as much money as they can afford—unless they want to spend more than that; they’re encouraged to do that, too—enticed ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Aerosmith, “Done with Mirrors”

Remember when Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension was supposed to be the band’s return to rockin’ form, a Seventies-style throwback to the groovin’, Stonesy, Yardbirdsy, slap-happy lewdness of Toys and Rocks, complete with the full-album return of Jack Douglas, who’d been behind ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Juice Newton, “Juice”

A couple years back, I was charging my iPod at work, and had iTunes open on my PC desktop. A colleague wandered into my corner of the cubicle ghetto and, out of curiosity (I suppose), took my mouse and clicked the iTunes ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Kenny Loggins, “High Adventure”

My crushing cynicism about life cannot withstand the blunt-force power of certain phenomena that seem to exist purely to negate the cynic’s strength. I am impervious to baby photos, for example, but put me in the room with one of the little ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Bob Dylan, “Empire Burlesque”

One night not long ago, our little hamlet in central Pennsylvania fell under a vicious, unprovoked attack by a line of thunderstorms sufficiently severe as to knock out power on my block for an entire evening. I heard the lightning strike that ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Yes, “Close to the Edge”

Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder; to each his or her own; different strokes for different folks; one man’s trash is another’s treasure; you ain’t a beauty, but hey, you’re all right. All this I mention in ...