Last night I hosted a listening session for a few of my music-loving friends. I’ve known these guys for several years so it’s always a welcome ritual to share some vibes with like-minded spirits. The purpose of this semi-annual gathering is to exchange ideas about meaningful music, the photo industry, recent travels, and maybe a car story or two. We generally talk a bit, share some pizza, then go down to the listening room and play some tunes. It’s usually just CDs, but occasionally we spin some SACDs and vinyl.

On this occasion my buddys brought a wide variety of music: Smog’s A River Ain’t Too Much To Love, One EskimO S/T, Blue Nile Hats, Melissa Manchester’s Nowhere To Go, Damian Rice 9, Hans Theessink’s Songs from the Southland, and Billy Cobham’s Spectrum. In addition, a few sonically superb jems such as Chris Whitley’s Dirt Floor, Roy Harper’s Stormcock, Laura Nyro’s Angel in the Dark, Snow Patrol’s Final Straw “Run”, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid “Iron Man” (on the recent Deluxe Edition CD) and Genesis’ Trick of the Tail on an older Japan for USA original CD were offered up for consumption. The evening ended with Neil Young’s latest release, Dreamin’ Man Live ’92. Thanks guys for coming, I had a blast. Here’s to the next one…

(Cover Art: Lucas Purdy)