School of Rock

Last week I started reading 'Heavier than Heaven', Kurt Cobain's most critically acclaimed biography. It's a good read, going through over 400 interviews, medical records and unpublished journals. As Julie Burchill comments on the back 'I was in hog heaven all the way through - in a caring, wistful way of course'. Anyway, to give it full justice I've also been listening to Nirvana's albums - mostly in the car on school runs and the like....more

Listen. Indie. Volume 1

      Let me preface this by saying I went to see a concert last night and was so moved by the music, I had to share....more

Crappy Pop Music? Not in My House

Our family has an audible soundtrack. It might be tuned to Leo, softly scatting along on one of his spontaneous grooves. Or Mali, belting all seven verses of "The Golden Vanity" as a matter of pride. More often, it's eleven-year-old Iz, singing along to her own compositions instead of practicing the classical pieces her piano teacher assigned. The kids' bath time soundtrack is almost always the same countertop iPod sequence; our driving soundtrack is constantly negotiated. And sometimes, the soundtrack comes from me -- or more accurately, my computer, offering up the latest wonderful daily freebie from KCRW's Today's Top Tune, or Daytrotter. ...more
Really enjoyed this post. My third son is now a teenager and his taste in music leaves a lot to ...more

Musical Interlude With Jenny Scheinman

Enough for now about my house cleaning adventures. We have a realtor coming today to put our lovely adobe on the market, although we still have a lot of work to do to get it showable. We're coasting today. We need a breather. We thought about going to the circus last night, but decided to stay home and relax instead. We had cocktail hour in our magic driveway, and went inside when the sun went down and the breeze became chilly....more

Check out the new sound of the Jane Smith Band for fans who like John Mayer, Train or the Dave Matthews Band

As a fan of adult contemporary and alternative rock, I found some amazing artists in the Jane Smith Band out of England. They play a blend of beautifully crafted songs in a classic vein. Their new single, See the Truth, just came out on September 20, 2010 and is available for download. Take a listen to it and see what you think: http://bit.ly/JaneSmithonWhoTune....more

Doing dishes Love it or Hate it?

Uggg! my least favorite thing ever is doing dishes and taking out the trash. I was just making bread (yes I love to make homemade bread read my blog about the best bread recipe http://btwitiailwu.com/dating/blog1.php/bread-that-will-totally-impress-...). I see the pile of dishes calling my name, but of course I am writing about dishes. It got me thinking about the time I did not wash dishes for 2 years! Yes... 2 years! So I had this boyfriend who worked at home, if you call playing online poker and writing music a career....more

That is an intense job, and I do not blame him.
My current boyfriend spends anywhere from 12 ...more

Parenthood Soundtrack

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The Tears of Milli Vanilli

  There seems to have been some fundamental shift in the world of music when I wasn’t looking.  I was watching the VMA’s on Sunday night – not by choice mind you, I still have the rope burns to prove it – and I was shocked to discover that I didn’t seem to recognize many of the performers and of the few I was familiar with, I had not heard any of their recent music.  At first, I wasn’t concerned about this lack of familiarity with the details of pop culture – it changes so fast how could anyone keep up.  It wasn’t until Carla started singing along ...more

Help! My Ipod Shuffle is Depressed!

What do you do with a morose IPod? Because really this was just too much! Even for me!   http://belleofthecarnival.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/help-my-ipod-shuffle-is-depressed/...more

The Miracle of Music

I’ve been thinking a lot about music lately. I love it! There was a time where I kept music around me constantly. I had a stereo in my bedroom for my afternoon listening pleasure and to send me off to dream land every night, in my bathroom to help me get ready for school, a walkman for when I was on foot or in the car with my mom, and music videos on TV to learn the choreography of the hottest new song.  My freshman year of college, I was referred to as “that girl with the big headphones on” or to my dorm neighbors below me, “the girl who blasts Mary J....more