About This Writer, This Blog

Since February of 2012, I have been writing essays on music for the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly, a culture insert in three or four weekly papers in New York’s Mid-Hudson valley as well as a Web publication. The only requirement of the articles is that they deal in some way with a local/regional artist, event, or venue. Beyond that, the expressive latitude I have been given surprises even me.

I may eventually start blogging here, but for now all the action will be located in the one sticky post: Music Articles. That’s where I will keep adding links.

I am also a working musician, a songwriter and guitarist in the band The Sweet Clementines, a guitarist in Pelican Movement, Pecas, The Trapps,  Mark Donato’s band and Ratboy and an occasional live or studio sideman for a variety of others.

For more information on my band The Sweet Clementines, please visit our Facebook page, and listen to our latest CD on our Bandcamp page.  We are currently making a new one

I offer my services as writer of band bios, press releases and ancillary materials. I have extensive experience in general interest writing, business and marketing writing in numerous verticals, web content, multimedia writing, and much more. For writing services, please contact me at burdick.john@gmail.com. Thanks!

John Burdick


Music Articles

Paul McMahon: Hymn to Her

Magnetic Fields at Club Helsinki

On Melanie

The Mid-Hudson Kids’ Music Renaissance

Sub Pixel: Prog and Proud

You Call That a Mountain? You Call That a Jam?

Living with Elephants

The Indie Oasis in Uptown Kingston

On Brian Dewan

The Duke McVinnie Band

Blues Prodigies

Electronic Tonic: Bob Lukomski and Experimental Music in the Hudson Valley

On Mark Donato

On The Wiyos

On Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling

Kevin McMahon and Marcata

On John Cage

On Ben Neill and His Mutantrumpet

Night of the Living Feelies

On Robbie Dupree and Yacht Rock

On Babe the Blue Ox

BSP and the Winchester Mansion

On Battles of the Bands

On Zine Author Kate Larson

Glen Heroy and the Maestrosities

On Chris Stamey

On o’death

My Blues Blues

I personally can’t get enough toy pianos, brass quartets and solipsistic choirs, and I do feel that, perhaps, they should be required.

My Andrew Bird Problem, and Yours

Some People Like Music (On Nick Lowe)

Loop City (on Martin Dosh)