Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vol. 19: “Smokin’ From Shootin” My Morning Jacket

“Wasting all your time on drama, could be solving real crime, waste away your mind too…” -My Morning Jacket, from “Highly Suspicious” Widgets Louisville Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket made their name sounding something like trippy alt-country with their first album, The Tennessee Fire in 1999. For two more albums, they rode a wave of […]

Vol. 18: “Back of a Car” Big Star

“We’ve sort of flirted with greatness, but we’ve yet to make a record as good as Revolver or Highway 61 Revisited or Exile on Main Street or Big Star’s Third. I don’t know what it’ll take to push us on to that level, but I think we’ve got it in us.” – R.E.M. guitarist Peter […]

Vol. 17: “Listen To Your Woman” Steve Kolander

“There’s a new swivel-hipped, forelock-in-the-face loverboy in town.” –Eric Levin, People Magazine, 1994     Steve Kolander was rockabilly when rockabilly wasn’t cool, to borrow a line from Barbara Mandrell. Sometimes I wonder if he was ever told that the ’50s ended. Back in ’94, this song was featured in New Country magazine, which the […]

Vol. 16: “Another Believer” Rufus Wainwright

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney Widgets Those words from Walt Disney punctuate the end of Meet the Robinsons, one of my favorite movies of the past […]

Special Edition: “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice

“Theirs goes, ‘Ding ding ding dingy ding-ding.’ Ours goes, ‘Ding ding ding ding dingy ding-ding. It’s not the same, it’s not the same…’” –Vanilla Ice, defending “Ice Ice Baby” against charges of plagiarism. Widgets It’s nothing short of a tragedy that both “Under Pressure” and “Ice Ice Baby” were huge hits, using that same […]