Songs of noir part III–“Honky’s Ladder” by the Afghan Whigs

Honky's Ladder by Afghan Whigs

After a brief detour into the creepiest power-pop song ever written, we’re back on more traditional ground with this one from the Afghan Whigs. They’ve been on my mind lately, as they’ve reunited with all the original members (except for the drummer) for a series of dates (no Austin show yet, alas).

Really, […]

Songs of noir part II: “Take Another Picture” by Quarterflash

Quarterflash - Take Another Picture album cover

After going with the obvious on part I, I thought I’d throw out a curveball with part II.

I first heard this song on the radio when I was a kid, which is surprising because it was only a minor hit, peaking at #58. Good local DJs in Madison, Wisconsin back then, I […]

Songs of noir part I: “The Murder Mystery” by the Velvet Underground

Some time ago, in my interview with Wallace Stroby, I made this threat:

“I’ve occasionally thought about launching a ‘Songs of Noir’ series when I desperately needed filler.”

With the books all in boxes and a hurry-up-and-wait move going on, now is that time!  I’m stuck at the moment without much to do […]