Ric Ocasek

New Wave Man It was a shame to hear about Ric Ocasek's passing last weekend. One of my earliest musical memories was seeing him in the video for Magic on MTV. I distinctly remember thinking he was the coolest guy I'd ever seen! Even watching it now, his eccentric, offbeat delivery — alternating between quirky new wave … Continue reading Ric Ocasek

The Parallax 200

The next 100 records It's been three years and three days since I first posted the original Parallax 100, and I've been wanting to delve into the next 100 for some time now. Over the course of the intervening years, I've worked up a little list that I've tweaked here and there but have somehow … Continue reading The Parallax 200

Démis Roussos – Souvenirs

Démis Roussos Souvenirs Philips 1975 When confronted with its sleeve, my initial impression was that this must be a Nashville country record — either that or a Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter elpee — or perhaps some combination of the two. The cowboy hat, the beard, the seemingly airbrushed sleeve all seem to point to some confessional rootsy endeavor. Upon closer … Continue reading Démis Roussos – Souvenirs

Speed Of Life

David Bowie circa Low My wife called me Monday morning with the news. I just found out that David Bowie died. I could hear in her voice that she was on the verge of tears. I didn't know what to say. The man was just too monumental, a mythic figure in his own time — in our … Continue reading Speed Of Life