This piece was originally written for a UK zine entitled Speakeasy Zine ( A version was published in their August issue.

Tim Burgess has hair that is both ridiculous and magnificent at the same time. The lead singer of the Charlatans (or as they were cursed to be known in the US as The Charlatans UK for a spell) has long shaggy blond locks that encompass his whole head. When viewed live it becomes kind of a totem of his overall disposition. His hair sways back and forth with the rhythm of each song as he glides cooly through the…

There are few things better in this world than a concert. The communal experience of being a space where a performer or group is connecting with the fans can be uplifting, soothing, cathartic or just a hell of a lot of fun. I can say that outside of the day I got married and the births of my kids, many of my greatest moments in life were concerts that I attended. I remember being shoved into the very tiny Echoplex in LA to see a new group of Scottish lads called Frightened Rabbit rip through their new record about 10…

I realized my last couple of articles have touched heavily on nostalgia for a time gone by. We tend to get stuck in our favorite musical time period and start to slowly ignore the work being done by the artists today. Every so often I try to keep my indie rock bona fides up by seeking out new music. Such was the case when stumbled across the Edinburgh based band Wrest. The quartet have release a full length record and now a new EP that are far and away the best things I have hear in forever.

Wrest wear their…

Ambient music is something I have had a fascination with since my days just out of school. I find there is this strange quality with this style of electronic music that is both comforting and unsettling at the same time.

Here is a mix of tracks The Orb, Seefeel, Mouse on Mars, Autechre, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Bonobo, Global Communication and Underworld.

I haven’t done a DJ set in like 20 years so I am seriously rusty but still a lot of fun. The music is what matters so enjoy some 80’s synthpop. Featuring Camouflage, Cause and Effect, Heaven 17, B Movie, Depeche Mode, Marc Almond, Blancmange, Yaz, Erasure, OMD, Red Flag, Pet Shop Boys and Book of Love.

There are many artifacts of my time as a college radio DJ that I treasure. I have a special edition 10,000 maniacs CD that I stole from a fellow music director before he realized it was gone. I possess a taped interview with LA radio legends Kevin and Bean when they visited our tiny college radio studio and proceeded to make a mockery of our 5 second delay system. I have countless copies of my weekly radio show on tape that I dare not revisit for fear of realizing I was in fact utter crap as a DJ. But this…

So what would bring me back to this space after a two year hiatus? What would spur me to sit down at my makeshift office desk and begin to click away on the keyboard? Boredom perhaps? The sense that time is moving along at a quickening pace and that has yielded the desire to capture new notions? Perhaps a bit of both. It’s either this or sit and watch another episode of TV to while away the hours. When last I was here we lived in a very different world. I lived in a more southern part of our little…

This will be a collection of rambling thoughts spawned by a couple of drinks, the silence of the evening, and a playlist of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and obscure Smiths songs. Hold on kids, this could get weird…

…It’s kind of a shame Morrissey has devolved into a giant tool. For someone posited as a poetry loving, heart-on-his-sleeve romantic it is tragic that in his elder years he has taken to swilling vile nonsense in an effort to stay famous. …

It’s time for another mixtape. Here are some of my favorite dance/electronic tracks.


  1. Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim
  2. Block Rockin Beats by The Chemical Brothers
  3. Something Good (Original Version) by Utah Saints
  4. Section 2 by Prodigy
  5. Edge of No Control (Part 2) by Meat Beat Manifesto
  6. The Number Song by DJ Shadow
  7. The Box (Part 2) by Orbital
  8. Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb
  9. Psyche Rock by Pierre Henry
  10. Around the World by Daft Punk
  11. White Love by One Dove
  12. Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Saint Etienne

It is no secret to anyone who has attended a concert with me at any point in my life that I have one or two go-to moves. There is the hands in pockets and bounce my foot up and down somewhat rhythmically. The air guitar pick against the thigh move. But mostly any sort of acknowledgement of a beat is met with a vigorous nodding of the head. This is because I cannot dance. I could make the standard white-guy-with-no-rhythm joke but that seems almost cliche at this point. I simply cannot will my feet to respond to a syncopated…

Jonathan Lyons

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