sounds of WOXY 97X 1985

Did ’80s music suck? Not on Ohio’s modern rock WOXY 97X; what I heard there in ’85 alone was remarkable. Here—in 9 hours across 3 mixes—is how it sounded.


For mixtapers, here’s a bizarro ’50s reply card reformatted into a downloadable cassette J-card insert (along with my own themed song mix).

David Bowie, March 2013; photo by Jimmy King

In the wake of David Bowie’s death, here’s a rollup of the more worthwhile memorials, tributes and career examinations I’ve found.

photo by Heather Wilson Smith

Here are five of my favorite autumnal albums: sounds that emit a subdued, warm glow; and soft, round edges, manifested as organic, woody and resonant instrumentation.


Throughout life, but perhaps most profoundly in our youth, we encounter things or people that click on a cellular level—a movie; a book; a group of friends that awakens, challenges or reflects our feelings or worldview in ways that help define our identity. For me, it was a radio station.


Listening to The Smiths’ “Is It Really So Strange?” in the shower, I was struck by how many of the lyrics have parallels to scenes or character arcs in Game of Thrones, so this had to happen.

Bob and Ray's Ray Goulding and Bob Elliott

In honor of Bob Elliott’s 92nd birthday, here’s nearly an hour of my favorite Bob and Ray sketches.

photo by Laurent Hoffmann

It’s pretty common in music circles to encounter people who have spent literally decades trying to identify an obscure song on an old mixtape. Here’s one method that might help.


The album she’s waited her whole life to make is urgent and tuneful. Click for full review.


Between his terrific new album and reissues of his obscure work, it’s a great time to discover DIY pop godfather Martin Newell, aka The Cleaners From Venus. Click for full review.