Lucid Culture


FAQs and Marginalia

For a pretty comprehensive rundown on who we are, where we’ve been and where we might go, it’s all pretty much covered in the About section.

For answers to just about everything related to getting reviewed or listed here, here’s our Review Policy page.

Otherwise, if what you need to know isn’t answered here, you can always email us.

Q: WTF? What happened to you guys? Is this blog still active?

A: Absolutely. Lucid Culture simply had a shift in focus – you could say that after more than four years, we finally got some focus. Over that time, it became impossible to ignore the fact that while the classical and jazz crowds that follow us also have an interest in rock music, that feeling isn’t reciprocated nearly as much by the rock crowd. So we moved all the rock, along most of the country, and reggae, and other stuff that could be considered rock-related, to our new, younger sister blog New York Music Daily. NYMD has also taken over pretty much everything else that’s New York-centric, including the monthly NYC live music calendar, along with most concert coverage. If you’re looking for rock, you should head there; if jazz and classical are your thing, stick around, there’s a lot here that you might like.

Q: Why has your daily 1000 Best Albums of All Time countdown stalled out at #485? Why don’t you keep it going?

A: Keep asking that question and we might. As you might already know, the Best Albums of All Time list is a spinoff of our 666 Best Song of All Time countdown, which was very popular while we were putting it up one song a day back in 2008 and 2009. For some reason – probably because albums are considered passe, and the fact that we still cover any albums at all – the Best Albums countdown never caught on to the extent that the Best Songs list did. And in case you were suspecting, both of those lists were gimmicks designed to increase traffic here as well as to provide something new and fresh for the front page here every day, when there wasn’t other content ready to go. And these days, anyway, New York Music Daily has taken over the responsibility of having something brand-new ready to go each and every day.

Q: Why did you get rid of the “sneak peek at upcoming coverage at Lucid Culture” page?

A: Because at this point in time, with coverage here much more focused on jazz, classical and world music, the “upcoming at Lucid Culture” page isn’t really necessary anymore. If you like any of those styles, you at least have an idea of what’s coming here.

Q: Free mp3s! Free mp3s! We want our free mp3s, where are they?

A: There’s this wonderful, newfangled contraption called a link. Lots of them here. Depending on what browser you’re using, they may be lit up in blue or green. When you click on them they’ll frequently take you somewhere you can get one, whether it’s a torrent site or elsewhere. Please remember that not everybody has a good broadband connection, and the more bells and whistles we have on the page, the harder it is for people who have dodgy wifi to access us.

Q: Where are the photos? Graphics? Widgets galore? Something other than text? C’mon, we’re not in the 19th century anymore.

A: You’ve just stumbled upon the one-and-only text-only blog in all of cyberspace. Imagine that! For awhile here, it was “um, we ought to put up some photos sometime.” Then a year went by (a year in blog time is the equivalent of what, forty in reality?) and still no photos. So it became our shtick. We’re sticking with it, for better or worse.

Q: Some of the links to reviews listed in the site index are dead. Can you help?

A: Try copying and pasting the link into your browser first – that ought to work. If not, let us know.

Q: Some of the information in a review or article is inaccurate. Can you correct this?

A: Absolutely. Please let us know, via the comment button at the bottom of the page.

Q: I’ve sent you six emails suggesting that you review my band and I still haven’t heard back from you. What’s up with that, or are you just plain rude?

A: If you’ve sent us six emails and we haven’t gotten back to you…hmm…remember, we get tons of inquiries like yours. Most of what we review is pretty edgy: maybe you’re not. That would explain a lot. Or maybe we’d rather not come right out and tell you how much you suck – we hardly ever publish bad reviews. Whatever the reason, if you’ve been bugging us for months and we haven’t responded…you get the picture…we hope.

Q: I am the owner of a club listed on the Venues page and object to the way you characterized it [we actually got an email like this once].

A: Tough cookies. You might want to take our comments to heart and fix everything that’s wrong with your place. Or maybe you should just close down.

Q: You reviewed my band last year. Can you do it again?

A: Maybe. Your chances of getting us to do that increase the better you get, or the more diverse you’ve become, or if you’ve just fired your whole band (just kidding about that last one). But don’t be offended if we don’t: we’re trying to cover an awful lot of ground here, with limited time and resources.

Q: What’s with the monicker? Lucid Culture, lol!

A: Hey, most of the good internet names were taken and this wasn’t. Actually, we chose it because in the beginning we thought it would generate traffic (it did, for about a week).

Q: You plug your friends’ bands, don’t you? Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

A: Duh, of course we plug our friends’ bands. What kind of friends would we be if we didn’t? As far as a conflict of interest is concerned, everybody plugs their friends, no matter how sanctimoniously they may preach about “journalistic ethics.” We’re just shameless about it. If you don’t take everything you read – whether here or elsewhere – with a grain of salt, you’re beyond help.

Q: Why can’t I put up a blurry cellphone photo here showing me nodding off at last week’s Cold War Kids show?

A: Dude, there are a zillion blogs where you can graffiti to your heart’s desire. Not this one. Spare us. Please.

Q: What’s up with the hodgepodge of fonts, type sizes and styles?

A: Looks like you just stumbled across an older page here which somehow missed our ongoing site-wide facelift.  If you see something like that, let us know via the comments button at the bottom of the page. Thanks for putting up with the old lo-fi look for as long as you did.



  1. Nice blog. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, glad to see you did show some flexibility where Aimee Mann is concerned. Not that I’m rushing out to see her, but still, she’s all right.

    Suggestion–for what it’s worth: Try composing in a plain text (unformatted) text editor instead of Word, which seems to be giving you all kinds of problems.

    On the Mac, Text Wrangler is free and really good. Must be tons of similar tools on the Win side. (I think even just using Notepad and never formatting text wd work).

    Comment by Solo500 | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. The argentinian multi-instrumentalist LUPIS presents his upcoming album SIMPLE with a new NYC band.

    LUPIS Live @ P&G Cafe – 380 Columbus Ave (at 78th St) New York, NY 10024

    Lupis: voice, violin, guitar
    J.P. Carletti: drums
    Ramiro Osuna: guitar
    Andres Rot: bass

    “When Argentine artist Marcelo Lupis says his music is experimental, he means that in all senses of the term. Pop his first solo CD, Shhhh, into the player and out sprays a hyperactive but skillfully concocted array of jazz, classic, rock, and blues, all overlaid with Lupis’s operatic scatting.” MIAMI NEW TIMES

    “Unclassified eclectic pop. Marcelo Lupis´s songs (singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist player and multimedia artist) reminds to Kevin Johansen, Laurie Anderson and Frank Zappa” ROLLING STONE

    “Marcelo Lupis plays a funny pop with a very unusual variety of influences and tones.” INROCKUPTIBLES

    “Lupis sings and plays the violin at the same time, an unusual combination within the rock world” LA MANO

    Comment by Lupis | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. I stumbled upon this site because of the latest review of Chelsea Symphony. You guys have a refreshing sensibility (picky and astute, but not cynical or hard-edged) and a very helpful venues listing. Thanks for this oasis!

    Comment by djangonut | February 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. “…We do not imitate: we originate…
    The other reason we don’t review corporate or trendy music is because we don’t publish bad reviews.”

    I really like this about you. Glad you do what you do.

    Comment by Kelly Greene | August 27, 2010 | Reply

  5. Unsteady / Wood Beach Ball is now a Benefit for Otto’s…at Delancey!

    Because of the fire at Otto’s Shrunken Head last weekend, the Unsteady /Wood Beach Ball on Saturday, November 6th has been moved to the Delancey.
    It will also serve as a benefit to help Otto’s get their back room up and running for live music again. There will be a $5 cover.

    9pm The Octomen
    10pm The TarantinosNYC
    11pm The Coffin Daggers
    12am El Muchacho

    168 Delancey St(between Clinton & Attorney St)
    NYC 10002


    Comment by Paul Maniace | October 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. Plugging your friends is fine — but dissing musicians you dislike (in ways that are just hostile, apparently not actually based on their music) is unbecoming… and they might even be friends of some of your friends…

    Comment by Maren Marx | August 15, 2012 | Reply

  7. ?

    Comment by the boss here | August 16, 2012 | Reply

  8. Thank you for your coverage of Midsummer Night Swing, and in general for all you do to promote music and to support the artists who perform it. I was at the Midsummer Night Swing kickoff event last Tuesday, which featured trumpeter Bria Skonberg’s new big band. It was truly a spectacular evening on so many levels. I appreciate that you took the time to write about each artist individually and to comment on their unique talents. There was one you left out, however: guitarist Molly Ryan, who also happens to be a phenomenal vocalist (she sang on the very last song, “Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown”). I’m sure this was merely an oversight and was not intentional.

    My wife and I have been fans of Molly’s for many years, and we were so happy to see and hear her performing with Ms. Skonberg’s big band. Molly also plays guitar and sings with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed at Midsummer Night Swing a few years ago, and performs with her own group at Blacktail in Battery Park on Sunday nights. For those interested, she has a number of CDs available under her own name. Her website is

    Comment by Benjamin Krueger | July 1, 2018 | Reply

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