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Letter to the Vatican

Life-long music fan STEVE ROSTKOSKI studied recording engineering and library technology, and has worked as a library technician, archival cataloger,  freelance journalist and publisher. His essays and reviews have appeared in Crawdaddy!, No Depression The Rocket and other publications. Letter to the Vatican  began in 1991 as a self-published zine. This online edition archives both past and present work.

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BEST MUSIC OF 2020

  • Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
  • Bill Fay – Countless Branches
  • Neil Young – Homegrown
  • Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring
  • Joe Ely – Love in the Midst of Mayhem
  • Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
  • Emma Swift – Blonde on the Tracks
  • Poppy – I Disagree
  • Lydia Loveless – Daughter
  • James Dean Bradfield – Even In Exile
  • X – Alphabetland
  • The Strokes – The New Abnormal
  • Scott the Hoople – Neil (Vol. 1)
  • The Empty Hearts – The Second Album
  • Willie Nile – New York at Night
  • Joey Molland – Be True to Yourself
  • Elton John – Jewel Box
  • Touché Amoré – Lament
  • Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
  • Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream
NEW & STREAMING
  • Neil Young – Archives Volume II
  • Bob Dylan – Springtime in New York (1980-1985)
  • Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir (audiobook)
  • Floating Points – Promises
  • The Wild Exciting Sounds of Marshall Crenshaw
  • The Stranglers – Dark Matters

LATEST POSTS

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Critics raved over Sofia Coppola‘s Lost In Translation, but according to the reviews left by customers on Netflix and Amazon, the public’s reaction to the film is divided. People seem to either love or hate it. Asking friends who’ve seen the movie for their opinion generated a dismissive, “Eh, it’s OK.” So I rented theContinue reading “LOST IN TRANSLATION”

THE CICADAIAN LIFE

Like their insect namesake, the Cicadas appeared once, made some noise, then ended. The short-lived band was formed in 1997 by a prominent Nashville songwriter, who was dismayed by the current direction of the city’s music scene. Rather than catering to the young country pop market, he wanted to do something a little more adult.Continue reading “THE CICADAIAN LIFE”

BOOK BRIEFS & RANDOM READS

HEY NOSTRADAMUS!: A NOVEL by Douglas CouplandA Columbine-like event takes place at a Vancouver, BC, high school, and is seen through the eyes of four characters. The most vivid narrative is by one of the murdered victims, Cheryl, who remembers details such as the feeling of the morning sun on the day of the tragedy.Continue reading “BOOK BRIEFS & RANDOM READS”

WALKING THROUGH ORWELLIAN TIMES WHILE SMOOTHING THE EDGES

This year, I’ve immersed myself in Deafheaven‘s music. Listening to all their albums in such a concentrated manner has made me hyper aware of the band’s stylistic eccentricities. From their earliest work, Deafheaven have pushed the boundaries of post-hardcore, blending death metal vocals with flowing emo melodies. So when the news broke that their newContinue reading “WALKING THROUGH ORWELLIAN TIMES WHILE SMOOTHING THE EDGES”

BEST MUSIC OF 2021

SCREENINGS

BOOKSHELF

  • John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life
  • The Ox: The Authorized Biography of The Who’s John Entwistle
  • Surviving in a Ruthless World: Bob Dylan’s Voyage to Infidels
  • Eraserhead, The David Lynch Files: Volume 1: The Full Story of One of the Strangest Films Ever Made
  • The Double Life of Bob Dylan
  • Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Alt-Country’s Brilliant Wreck
  • Little Wing: The Jimmy McCulloch Story
  • Leonard Cohen Untold Stories: The Early Years
  • Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley

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