Author Archives: thomasinskeep

About thomasinskeep

I write about music.

On Aretha: 2 duets

On Monday, The Singles Jukebox tributed Aretha Franklin. I had a pair of entries that I meant to get in, but didn’t make the deadline. Here’s the first, on two of her ’80s duets. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, pop, R&B, RIP

Single file

There’s a bunch of great singles out right now, across numerous formats. Some I’ve blurbed for The Singles Jukebox, and some I’ve missed. Here’s a brief round-up.   Welcome back to the pop world, Aubrey! I mean, obviously he’s not been … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, new music, reviews

Hot hits: March/April 2018

Been listening to a lot of early ’70s music lately, most of it previously unknown (or at least not terribly familiar) to me. And this song, Carly Simon‘s first single (from her debut album) — goddamn, how lacerating. The musical version … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, new music

Caught up in the rapture: my TURNING THE TABLES ballot

Ann Powers has done the world a huge service by spearheading the TURNING THE TABLES project at NPR Music; the canon of “great albums” is bullshit with only token female representation, and Powers and her compatriots are doing their damnedest … Continue reading

Posted in lists

My favorite albums: Inner City, ‘Paradise’

a/k/a The One Where One of the Fathers of Detroit Techno Makes the Perfect House Artist Album. Kevin Saunderson, one of the famed Belleville Three, teamed up with vocalist Paris Grey in 1987 and formed house duo Inner City, who then … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite albums

Hot hits: February 2018

Personal faves of note getting me through the past month. Chris Jeday has written for just about every current star in the reggaeton universe, so when it came time for his second single, 2017’s “Ahora Dice,” he could cash in … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, new music

My favorite songs: “I Just Wanna Be Mad”

Canadian country singer/guitarist Terri Clark has never gotten the credit she deserves. From 1995-2004 she notched 10 top 10 country singles in the US, seven of those going top three (including a pair of #1s), but today she seems to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, my favorite songs