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27 Jennifers

November 29, 2013 by


(I grew up with a bunch of Lisas, but then the Jennifers took over.) 27 Jennifers Jennifer Juniper Jennifer Lost the War Jennifer’s Veil Zachary and Jennifer C’mon Little Jenny Little Jenny Dow Jenny Take a Ride 867-5309 Poor Jenny Portrait of Jennie Jennie Dreamed of Trains Jenny Was a Friend of Mine My Last […]

Cities in Rock 6: In the Vicinity of Little Falls, MN; or, Toward a General Theory of Rockin’

October 10, 2013 by


I used to play with a drummer from Little Falls, Minnesota (“where the Mississippi pauses”). It was in this country band led by a singer-songwriter, in support of her studio musician-recorded CD. He was a solid guy, solid drummer. Good sense of time, no flash, terrible crush on the singer. He was driving a lot […]

How to Play Free Jazz

September 24, 2013 by


First of all, free jazz isn’t free, and it isn’t jazz. Also, I can’t teach you how to play it. What I can do is offer some reflection on my own developing practice as a way to encourage you to think about yours. I don’t know who first used the phrase “free jazz” to describe […]

Little Billboards #21–30

September 13, 2013 by


Little Billboards #21-30 New posts coming this weekend. Thanks for reading!

Cities in Rock 4: Heston, Wallington, and Ripley, Southwest of London, U.K.

August 17, 2013 by


I’ve been making an empirical study of the nature of classic rock. Assuming that stations with “Q” in their call letters are straightforwardly canonical, I have been looking over the playlists and trying to derive, a la Northrup Frye, the qualities that make classic rock classic rock. Like any genre, I realize that no particular […]

Coker’s Para-Philosophical Advice #3

July 15, 2013 by


Eunoia Solstice offers a column that gives you a chance to have your questions answered–or perhaps only thought about– by a practicing philosopher. Send your questions to cokersadvice at gmail dot com.* It’s rumored that you were seen slam dancing at several Black Flag shows in the ’80s. Is this true? What are you listening to […]

Cities in Rock 2: The Heart of Rock and Roll is Near Cleveland

July 13, 2013 by


As we have learned from the pundits during all of our recent presidential elections, Ohio embodies all of the contradictions of the American spirit. Or some such shit. Really, anytime you make a nation that includes both Texas and Vermont, you’re going to have an Ohio somewhere. I am sure it’s a metaphysical zoning law. […]