Hey there - I'm John. This is my music blog.
I love music. I believe reality is made of glorious sound, and that's why we hunams tend to dig it so much. Here are a few things you should know about me:
✣ I'm a child of the 80's and 90's, and my musical tastes were formed in and by that era.
✣ I'm a rockist. I like other kinds of music, but you'll find me writing primarily about rock and its close relatives.
✣ Some of my favorites are U2, Radiohead, Wilco, Mark Knopfler, REM, The Police, amongst many more. So you know, Dad Rock.
✣ I also like weird ambient and instrumental stuff: Boards of Canada, Stars of the Lid, Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, etcetera...
✣ I grew up in Louisville, so I will often write about lesser-known acts indigenous to Kentuckiana.
Bottom-line: I write about the music I love, not what the intelligentsia deems important. I don't spend a bunch of time laying down BS about socio-economic or political factors in the late 80's Topeka grunge scene or providing disinterested, hyper-respectable academic analysis for the chart-topping singles of June 1973. Life's too short. I do aim to make you think, but I want that thinking to enkindle the flaming heart of love for the music herein ekphrasticated. Music and records are sacraments for me. I adore the things I write about (for the most part). And I will defend "Shiny Happy People" and Phil Collins until the day I die.
As for the name - Beards of Kentucky? I'll let you figure that one out.