Updates: Ties That Bind, Blind Engineer and More

My new column is up at PopMatters here. "A Town Called Malice" takes a look at the state of working-class music from the US to the UK. As you might guess, it grew out of thinking about The Jam, one of my favs, after watching the recent documentary About the Young Idea. I hope this will be a series of articles about working-class music--what it is and where it's gone.

Later this week my band The Blind Engineer is playing the Mingo Town Music happy hour gig at the Shrunken Head. Friday the 13th, free cover, cheap drinks, and our bass player Eric Nassau will be pulling double-duty with a set of his own. He's great, and a great friend. Here's the Facebook event page.

Also later this week my review of Greil Marcus' two new books should be up at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I'll probably have some extra thoughts about that.

The PopMatters column has a live version of "Town Called Malice." Here's another: