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Calendar, Night&Day Control Group

Control Group

In describing his work, Alex Zecca uses the phrases “precise formulaic structure,” “unique algorithm,” and “organic moiré forms.” He uses them in complete sentences, but more words would only confuse you further, and these are confusing enough. Zecca doesn’t lay…
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Music, Reviewed Virgil Shaw

Virgil Shaw

Considering that I was never particularly taken with the Bay Area combo Dieselhed -- not a bad lot, mind you, but a tad too jokey for this writer -- the sophomore release from ex-Hed Virgil Shaw comes as a surprising…
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Music, Character Crazy

Character Crazy

"The secret of writing is in the rhythm of urgency," noted Jack Kerouac. No Bay Area songwriter understands that principle better than Sonny Smith. His peculiar lyrics pour out in a cascade of images, conjuring crazy characters such as Officer…
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Music, Home Is Where You Hang

Home Is Where You Hang

At one point in time, being a singer/songwriter was a high-minded calling. Troubadours across the country told of political unrest, the rights of the oppressed, and how the times they were a-changing. Now that the times have a-changed, many contemporary…
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