Mr. Richards at the NYPL

The New York Public Library is very important to me. It keeps me up on music legally, and in 2010, I heard more new artists than in any year since I was a college radio music director. You can use a library for whatever you like, and for me it has been a place to […]

Apple iTunes 9.2: Faster than Slayer

I remember when the note was green

Seven or eight years after installing iTunes, it’s an application that continues to dazzle as well as command a great deal of attention. Besides running the iPhone and iPad, I am constantly updating my music library of over 45,000 songs. It has been an ongoing process to […]

Natalie Merchant Returns with "Leave Your Sleep" on 4/13

"Leave Your Sleep" (Nonesuch Records)

“This new collection of songs, Leave Your Sleep, is my first studio album since 2003. It is the most elaborate project I have ever completed or imagined” – Natalie Merchant

Amazingly, one of the first bios for her old band 10,000 Maniacs includes dub and reggae as influences. Reggae […]