No Radio Free Lunch!

Music, etc. by Eric D. Johnson

Set The Boy Free

Confession: I never got into the Smith’s. Coming of age in the Indie-80s I certainly had the opportunity. I remember seeing the import copy of Meat Is Murder (on Rough … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · Leave a comment


Part of my purpose for reviving this blog is keeping Facebook from eating all of my thoughts about music (which often occur in conversation) and turning them into algorithm ad-sales … Continue reading

November 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Inevitability, Possibility, and Rock Historiography

I’m writing about the Hawks, circa 1959-1963, specifically about a performance by the Hawks in my hometown in late 1962, and I have thoughts. One is that the liveliness of … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

This is Not Christmas Music 2019 (Vol 16 or maybe 17) (Part 1, probably.)

Starting in 2018, my listening habits changed. I learned how to walk around outside in headphones without feeling completely clumsy/vulnerable. This maybe is why I heard lots of songs this … Continue reading

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

This Is Not Christmas Music

So, for the past 15 years I’ve put together a compilation CD of music from the year past and given it to friends and family. The contents aren’t exactly either … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Albums 2018 pt. 1

See here for my disclaimer about any kind of “best of” list.  I’m not qualified as a writer or a listener to tell you what the best albums of the … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Listening Post

I have no idea what the best songs and albums of 2018 are, but I know what I like. Every year I make a CD-length compilation of songs I like … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Vote Yes on September 12

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September 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chuck Berry is Gone and All I Have is This List (pt. 2)

Coolerator -“You Never Can Tell”* Motorvatin’- “Maybelline” Botheration – “Too Much Monkey Business” *The internet is telling me that this isn’t a neologism, it was an actual brand of refrigerator. … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chuck Berry is Gone and All I Have Is This List (pt.1)

Best/Favorites, no particular order. Just trying to get my mind around the essentials: Maybelline 30 Days Brown-Eyed Handsome Man Promised Land Come On Almost Grown No Particular Place To go … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 2 Comments