By Devon Wendell Now I must push through those big barriers that keep a thinking/nerdy musician like myself stagnant and trapped in one or two musical eras or genres, far from today and far from this exact moment in history. I must dissolve the bitterness and the frustration, and the notion that it’s all nothing… Read More A Twist Of Doc: Devon “Doc” Wendell’s Musical Highlights of 2012
By Devon Wendell Recently I had the opportunity to have another exclusive interview with my former boss, mentor, and obsessed music lover Donald Fagen. (To read my first Fagen Q & A for iRoM, published in April of 2009, click HERE.) This time, we discussed his new solo album, Sunken Condos (Reprise Records) – released… Read More Q & A: Donald Fagen’s new album, “Sunken Condos”
By Devon Wendell Growing up as an aspiring musician, besides practicing the guitar, bass and harmonica obsessively like a geek, I also read a lot of books, articles, reviews, and interviews on all kinds of music. In doing so I found myself most aggravated by the writing in the “major” music publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. There were… Read More Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.
By Michael Konik Since the 1970s, for as long as I’ve been aware of the music commonly known as “jazz,” various authorities, mavens, and aficionados have been declaring it dead or soon-to-be-deceased. “Jazz is dead.” “Jazz is dying.” “Jazz is going extinct.” If this is so, the suffering patient has been enduring a kind of… Read More Konik’s Commentary: “(K)Jazz is Dead”