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Meet Jeff Walker: Our Music Columnist, His Picks and How He Listens to Music.

Jeff Walker discusses how he stays abreast of the latest music, his preferred format for listening, and celebrating his favorite albums.

Many of you have written us wanting to know more about Jeff Walker, who writes the AGEIST music column every month. We are huge fans of his contributions (Michael Kiwanuka this month!), keeping us in the know with what is happening. How does he do his thing? Let’s find out.

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“I only write about four albums I like”

How do you go about choosing your 4 albums every month for all the music that is out there?

First off, I only choose four but the feature each month is typically about what I have been listening to and not everything that has been released the previous month. There’s a lot that goes into it. I visit record stores regularly to see what has been released and I read online blogs and periodicals such as MOJO magazine, out of the UK, monthly. I have been an active subscriber for over 20 years. I only write about four albums I like. I don’t use this forum to be a critic; there are simply too many great things to take in to let that be my goal.

What is your favorite way of listening to music?

Most of my active listening is at home on my system there but I also find that I’m able to really concentrate on listening in other ways such as in my car or listening through my air-pods when I am on the subway commuting between home and work here in Los Angeles.

Weekly Live Shows

How many shows a year do you go to?

This is a hard question. I have slowed down a bit but on average I probably see at least one a week. I’m a bit of a fanatic and sometimes shows I attend are actually out of town. This weekend, for instance, I’m flying up to Oakland to see Brittany Howard. I missed her shows here in LA recently due to business travel.

How does seeing so much live music inform your choices of what to write about?

The live music never really informs the music I write about. I tend to see acts that I’m already familiar with that may be promoting a new record or I’ve heard something new by an act on record and it drives me to the show.

Best Album

Best album of all time? 

That is a question I don’t believe can ever be answered. Perhaps it hasn’t even been made yet. There are just too many genres and too many great albums to say. I certainly don’t have one.

Music in the Family

You have a teenager in the house. Does having your daughter around inform your music, or is her music a whole different genre? Is she keeping you informed, or is it the other way around?

Yes…I do have a teenage daughter but her influence only allows me to hear things that I would pursue on my own. It doesn’t really influence my tastes, although at times I have really liked things that she has played for me. One, in particular, was when I reviewed Tyler the Creator’s album “Igor” for one of the issues of AGEIST. We have attended shows together on occasion and there are certain staple artists that we still share a common fondness for.

A Question of Format

Vinyl vs CD vs streaming?

I’ll take the music in whatever format makes sense. I do prefer vinyl at home and tend to only collect vinyl now. I don’t remember when I bought a CD last. I stream at home and in my car. I use a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) on my home system so that the digital sound is warmed up a bit. Vinyl would typically win out if I had to choose one format. The packaging is far superior as well!

Jeff’s May, June, July, August, September, October, November reviews. 

1 COMMENT

  1. Dear Jeff, my name is Johnny Warman and I wondered if you had ever hear heard my critically acclaimed Album “Walking into Mirrors” which features Peter Gabriel and his entire band that was released in 1981 and it sold over a 100,000 copies around the World on release and I had a Top Ten Hit in Australia with my song which featured Peter and here is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q26zl7x_EFE I have also written songs with Ringo Starr and opened Shows for him. I hope you enjoy this song and I kept calling out the changes like chorus middle eight and again and Peter was intrigued by this? so I decided to leave them in. I made my first album for Ringo Starr at Tittenhurst Park where John Lennon recorded Imagine and it was The Beatles that first grabbed me at the age of 11 as I walked past another School and heard a sound that grabbed me and pulled me towards it and I remember it as clear as anything a red dansette Record Player and an EP with Love me do and I stood transfixed and could not move and I do not remember getting home !!! 2 years later I sang at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden with Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi and I remember thinking “I like this” Well 3 years later Jimi Hendrix took over my life and I knew that I wanted to be a Rock Star. I am still playing and loving every moment. On Angel Air Records I have 4 CDs “Bearded Lady The Rise and Fall” This was my first and only Rock Band.”Hourglass” was recorded for Ringo Records and “Walking Into Mirrors” and “From The Jungles to The New Horizons” were both recorded for Elton John’s Rocket Records. I hope you enjoy my song and I send you my Kindest Regards x
    Johnny Warman x

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