Jeffrey Parker

Arctic Monkeys Make Their Move

The Arctic Monkey’s first record, “Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” was a concept album about being bored out of one’s mind in Sheffield, England, and with tales of dance floor ennui and pseudo-cosmopolitans at the corner shop, it resonated well beyond Yorkshire, to any town in the world that offers nothing […]

Quick Picks: Our take on recent releases

Todd Snider “Peace, Love And Anarchy (Rarities, B-Sides And Demos Vol. 1)” Oh Boy Records Todd Snider writes songs. That’s it. He does it damn well, though. Nothing extravagant here – they’re funny and sweet and a little heartbreaking sometimes, but mostly they’re just pretty little packages, sparse and unadorned. Tracks such as “East Nashville […]

Jeffrey Parker: Holden Caulfield, art and indecision

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into […]

WEB EXTRA: Regina Spektor dispels tension

“This is how riots start,” Regina Spektor laughed. This is probably an overstatement of her effect on campus arts dialogue (or not a statement at all- she was actually talking about mic difficulties), but some tension did surround her set. Logistical problems, eg rain, conspired to keep people away from this year’s event, and for […]