"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 3 Comments
dory-previn-kingkongdory previn

A child of coincidence and Harpo Marx.

bob mould thumbbob mould thumb

His legacy precedes him.


There is no point. It’s all point.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 4 Comments
"The Chantels" Signed Portrait In NY"The Chantels" Signed Portrait In NY

The hurt that makes every feeling a shade of pain.


So talented, charismatic, and self-destructive!

Terminator X — centerterminator x

His beats lit up the late ’80s with a genuine fire.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 5 Comments
cisco houstoncisco houston

His folk singing evinces a forward-staring stoicism.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Jazz, Music | 11 Comments

Sacred exhortations and electric blues.


He sang soul as if it were the black man’s country.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 1 Comment

His early Hollywood music was darker than we recall.

carmencarmen thumb

Typist by day, jazzbo by night.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Jazz, Music | 8 Comments
billie_holiday_1957holiday thumb

Anything could happen but nothing couldn’t be taken away.

al clevelandal cleveland

An overlooked Motown Records songwriter.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 3 Comments

“Babylon system is the vampire”

david johansendavid johansen

He looked — and sounded! — great in frills.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Jazz, Music | 1 Comment
nichols thumbnichols thumb

His solos elliptically paraphrase his melodies.


He got an early education in rock’n’roll cynicism.


Both a singular artist and a mensch.


His genius thrived in stages: chromatic, atonal, serial.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Jazz, Music | 3 Comments

He could adapt to and enliven nearly any musical situation.


She mined veins of melancholy, fatalistic, introspective truth.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 2 Comments
Photo by Ziga KoritnikPhoto by Ziga Koritnik

An unsurpassed fusion of energy, density, speed and lyricism.

Robert-Pollard-by-Robert-LoerzelScreen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.22.53 AM

His songs number in the thousands.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Music | 1 Comment
grace slickgrace slick

Spooky intelligence and challenging eroticism.