In keeping with global trends since we take our global trends seriously, our productivity this year slowed to something akin to a crawl, (calling all O/L writers - Now Is Your Time). Still. What our stalwarts did, they did brilliantly well, of course. No let up in quality. And readers read, and this is what our readers read the most...
- Five Great Love Songs of 2009 (so far) by Alex V. Cook
We pause in the midst of this summer heat wave for the cares of some of the greater love songs of the year by Bill Callahan, Camera Obscura, the Moore Brothers, the Horse's Ha and Stuart Murdoch. And not all of them are about masturbating.
- Goddamn Lonely Love: M. Ward, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Isbell by Alex V. Cook
Love and its wonderful, devastating effects romanticized, unencumbered by messy analysis, abound on new releases by M. Ward, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Isbell
- Happy Shopper #29: Brad Miller by LamontPaul
RocknRoll photographer to the Stars! Brad Miller also happens to be Outsideleft's neighbor in Echo Park CA
- Panther Burns and Howls by Joe Ambrose
Joe Ambrose article on Pather Burns, revised but mainly reproduced from Headpress 28
- Stop Me If You've Heard This Dinosaur Joke Before: Morrissey and U2 by Alex V. Cook
Once mighty forces that roamed the earth, the persistent embodiments of U2 and Morrissey may not pack the wallop the once did, but you still watch as the trudge by.
- You Gotta Stay Positive: The Music of 2008 by Alex V. Cook
The soundtrack of this landmark year is filled with the personal, the diffident, and the hopeful.
- Preaching to the Choir: Phil Kline and Arvo Pï¿½rt by Alex V. Cook
We take a brief break from pop culture matters to check on the state of the choral symphony with recent works by Phil Kline and Arvo Pï¿½rt
- Bow Wow Wow! - Mighty Doglude by Joe Ambrose
Joe Ambrose gets wowed by The Mighty Underdogs
- My Love Re-explodes: The Dukes of Stratosphear return by Alex V. Cook
Right at the zenith of XTC's powers, they dropped their guard a bit as well as their calendar. The colors are still just as bright two decades later.
- Radio Mania: File Under Section 15 by Henderson Downing
Kirk Lake Week provokes yet more barefaced nepotism here at Outside Left
- They're All Normal and Want Their Freedom by Alex V. Cook
MV + EE, Megapuss, and Fire on Fire all examined through the kaleidoscope of Love's masterpiece of baroque psychedelia
- Songs That Lux Taught Us by Lake
"If you can't dig me you can't dig nothin'" - in praise of the late Lux Interior
- Trading the Bellowed Anthems for the 60-cycle Hum by Alex V. Cook
The breast-beating of 2008 has thankfully given way to a more cerebral 2009, at least as far as Jon Hassell, Animal Collective, and Madlib are concerned.
- Michael Jackson and plunderphonics by Alex V. Cook
In 1989, radical composer John Oswald made a statement about copyright and the true nature of the artists, and in some ways, predicted the unfortunate future of Micheal Jackson
- Telepathe: The Sinister Side of The Real Bang Bang by Alex V. Cook
On the surface, Telepathe seems like amiable enough new wave revisionist trifle; but something darker lurks within.
- Kirk Kirk Kirk Does Rufus Rufus Rufus by LamontPaul
An interview with the author of the new Rufus Wainwright biography.
- Creosote on my Soul by Shane O'Reilly
King Creosote return with one of the brightest releases of the year so far