XTC – Earn Enough for Us, by Steve Stav

The first time I saw Andrea after 14 years, it was just a friendly date for drinks at a bar called Flowers, down the street and over from me on the Ave. There were no ulterior thoughts or hopes; at the time, she was married and I was dating 2-3 gals who didn’t know . . . → Read More: XTC – Earn Enough for Us, by Steve Stav

XTC – Mermaid Smiled, by Steve Stav

On first pressings of Skylarking, but was bumped to make room for “Dear God.” I’ve always found this song to be a prime example of genius; I get lost in it. The lyrics bear me out. For my sister –

– Steve Stav

XTC – Dear God, by Steve Stav

Well, that was certainly something. Even had miniatures, and a model train for effect. Kismet. For the novice, an XTC album was typically akin to an omnibus of vivid, eccentric, short (British) stories… as if Mark Twain were raised in England, and had read a bit more Shakespeare. For fans, a documentary on XTC . . . → Read More: XTC – Dear God, by Steve Stav

Confessions of a Rock Snob: How I Repented & Invited the Beach Boys Into My Heart, by Rich Horton

Hard to believe I was almost 30 before I finally listened to Pet Sounds.

SUMMERTIME, 1981

In preparation for my first cross-country road trip from the Midwest, to Seattle – where I’ve now made my home since 1985 – I was recording mix tapes to play in the car. I’d already filled several tapes . . . → Read More: Confessions of a Rock Snob: How I Repented & Invited the Beach Boys Into My Heart, by Rich Horton