Elsewhere: My Top 5 Blogs O’ The Moment

Last March, I posted my first Top 5 Blogs O’ The Moment. Though I still enjoy those blogs, only one can still be considered a true favorite. So it’s time for an updated list…

1 Cover Lay Down

Cover Lay Down was #4 on my previous list, since they were a relatively new blog at the time. But in the past year, I’ve been increasingly impressed by Boy Howdy’s eloquence and sincerity, as well as the gorgeous songs he chooses to share. His heartfelt love for folk music kept the blog going even as his reviews were unfairly deleted by Blogger, and he handled the attacks with the grace and maturity I’ve come to associate with his writing. Cover Lay Down continues the tradition of No Depression Magazine*, which is the highest compliment I can give to any music blog.

2 Song, By Toad

As you can tell by my recent reviews, I like most of the bands signed to Song, By Toad Records. But it’s not so much the music on the Song, By Toad blog that draws me as the refreshingly blunt manner in which Matthew writes. I’m a fan of honesty and sarcasm, and Toad has an abundance of both. He also encourages and receives enthusiastic and sometimes volatile feedback from his readers, which make the discussions found in the comments as interesting as his posts.

3 Wears The Trousers

Wears The Trousers is more of an online music magazine than a simple blog. They offer music news, release dates, and exclusive interviews in addition to their in-depth reviews. They shine the light on female musicians of all genres, from a decidedly British perspective.

4 Speed of Dark

Speed of Dark is written by a mother and daughter team (“Alt-gramma” and “Indie Mom”). They tend to like indie-rock more than I do, but I love music blogs that actually describe the sound of songs as opposed to just offering mp3s or quoting lyrics.

5 Pop Go The 80s

I don’t know who writes this blog, but I adore them. Every post is devoted to a single song from the 1980s. Despite the often cheesy nature of the era, the content of the blog is intelligent and informative. We’re given rare glimpses into the history of the artists as well as the songs themselves. If not for the limited genre, Pop Go The 80s would be my favorite music blog.

*Honorable mention to the newly revamped No Depression. The now defunct print version was by far my favorite magazine, and their website is quickly becoming a favorite online destination.

Elsewhere: Cover Lay Down’s Mega Gallows Pole Post

As I said before, Cover Lay Down is one of my favorite blogs. It is so refreshing and rare to read a blog in which every single post is a lengthy, well written, intelligent piece of work that obviously had a great amount of both time and thought put into it.

One such example is their recent post on the history and various versions of the song Gallows Pole. I was familiar with and fond of the Lead Belly and Plant/Page renditions of the classic song, but the rest was news to me.

It’s astonishing and sad that some blogs receive copious amounts of praise and comments for posting a single, bland “indie-rock” mp3, while this extensive, interesting, and fantastic piece of writing has virtually gone unnoticed. So take a moment and read what guest blogger Dean wrote about the tune’s origins, download the many covers he uploaded, and please take the time to comment there with your appreciation for his effort.

Cover Lay Down Gallows Pole Post

Elsewhere: My Top 5 Blogs O’ The Moment

As my online time and patience continue to dwindle, there are only a few blogs that I still bother to read regularly. Here are the current Top 5:

1 The Late Greats

The Duke and his Duchess seem to be clones of my hubby and me, at least when it comes to their taste in music. The Late Greats is the only blog that I read daily, because I always love everything posted there. Artists we love in common include Eleni Mandell, Sylvie Lewis, The Avett Brothers, Jeremy Fisher, and The Felice Brothers. If nothing else, check out The Late Greats’ One Song Lost Recap series.

2 Keep The Coffee Coming

Kat’s blog is an old favorite of mine. There was a time when it seemed she was the only one posting old country and folk tunes. Her format is unique, posting songs with little or no description with personal writing that seems ripped from an antique journal.

3 Songs: Illinois

Craig’s taste in music is so similar to mine that I’ve received emails from record labels addressed to him. I almost always like the artists featured on the blog, and he is obsessively dedicated to posting music that hasn’t been covered elsewhere. Not only has Songs: Illinois led me to great music, but also to other blogs I enjoy.

4 Cover Lay Down

Boyhowdy and I found each other through Songs: Illinois…as I recall, posting about our love for the now defunct No Depression magazine. I was surprised to find that Cover Lay Down is a relatively new blog, because the content seems so much more eloquent and sincere than what most of the newer breed of bloggers produce.

5 Said The Gramophone

Another old favorite. It can sometimes be daunting to decipher Sean’s eccentric prose, but also entertaining and refreshing to see so much thought put into it. And often the music there speaks for itself.

Some other blogs of note are Shake Your Fist, Benn loxo du taccu, Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands, Setting The Woods On Fire, and all the other blogs listed as “Elsewhere” on my sidebar.

Elsewhere: My So-Called Life Music

Speed Of Dark has been posting songs from my beloved tv show My So-Called Life. You can see her music posts here, here, and here.

And if you missed it the first time around, my initial rave review of the MSCL DVD set is here. I’ve since then made my way through half of the discs. Though the creator and cast commentaries are sadly lacking behind the scenes revelations, the show itself is as magnificent as ever.

It just seems like, you agree to have a certain personality or something. For no reason. Just to make things easier for everyone. But when you think about it, I mean, how do you know it’s even you?” – My So-Called Life

Elsewhere: Johnette Napolitano Interview

There’s a new art-centric interview with Johnette Napolitano posted at My Dreams Gave Me Away. If you haven’t read the blog before, it’s written by very good friend of mine. She posts music, art, and occasionally her own personal writing. If you like her blog header, I made it. If you don’t, nevermind. And if you missed my interview with Johnette the first time around, you can read it here.