REVIEW: Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

Though separated by several generations, I have always felt connected to Frank Sinatra through my Italian-American heritage. I still fondly recall dancing around my living room on top of my father’s feet to “Come Fly With Me,” and other Sinatra classics. My paternal grandfather—a proud Italian-American—was of the same generation as Sinatra, born just two months after him to Italian immigrants. And yet, despite the … Continue reading REVIEW: Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

But I Liked What He Had To Say…

I don’t like Kurt Cobain’s singing voice. I can appreciate his grunge-rock gravel and the vocal strain it takes to keep the high notes in his chest rather than sliding into his head voice, but I don’t like the nasal quality of his singing. Yet, somehow, not liking his voice did nothing to hinder my enjoyment of Nirvana’s 1993 session on MTV Unplugged. The band … Continue reading But I Liked What He Had To Say…

Review: Tash Sultana Transcends on Debut Album ‘FLOW STATE’

Tash Sultana’s hypnotizing debut album FLOW STATE immerses the listener in an exploration of diverse instruments and irregular tempo. Sliding between haunting falsettos and gravelly gut notes as layered instrumentation creates reverberating depth, Sultana serenades their listeners into a “flow state,” which they describe as a state of mind where one is fully in the moment. The late-night-listening jams feature strong beats and instruments ranging … Continue reading Review: Tash Sultana Transcends on Debut Album ‘FLOW STATE’