Worst Album Cover of 2012

I’m sure there are other oddball considerations, but for my money, the flat-out worst album cover of the year is Shawn Colvin’s new one, “All Fall Down.” Colvin has always come across as lovely and charming, with sweet, sensitive songs, … Continue reading

Shoulda Been Better – 2012

Albums that I thought would be great, but left me feeling a bit let down. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they weren’t good, perhaps my expectations were too high. American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die Band of Horses – Mirage Rock Kasey … Continue reading

Reasons to support Pledge-O-Rama

Just like that wise poet once said, “Everything I Do, I Do It for You.” We at UMFM try very hard each and every day to give a lot to our listeners and our community. We provide a lot of … Continue reading

UMFM’s Pledge-O-Rama is ON THE AIR!

The short sell: UMFM’s Pledge-O-Rama is on NOW! For the next week, we’re looking for a little love from our listeners to help us to continue to put on the best possible programming. We have a modest goal that we … Continue reading

Publicists: The Good, The Bad, and the “Why Bother”

For most musicians looking to find an audience, a good publicist can be a really good investment. A publicist’s job is to spread the good word and let the world know that you exist, you have a new album, you’re … Continue reading

Let’s bring Depression out of the shadows

After reading some emails in response to John Bottomley’s untimely death by suicide, as well as the brilliant piece on Roots Music Canada I’m even more moved and inspired. Bottomley’s death had that sad, silent feeling to it that he’d … Continue reading

I, Curmudgeon, Too (and if you don’t like it, get lost!)

Just got in from a screening of the brilliant film “I, Curmudgeon,” by the equally brilliant Allan Zweig. It’s an examination of curmudgeonly people and their negativity, and the effects that it has on their lives, and all such things. … Continue reading