About Sanjoy Narayan

Sanjoy Narayan has a day job as Hindustan Times’ Editor-in-Chief but he’s incurably addicted to discovering new music via the Internet. His tastes run towards independent  and lesser known musicians and he likes to check out almost every genre that is served up by today’s mushrooming breed of rock and pop ensembles.

He’s been collecting music ever since his teens—beginning with vinyls and then cassette tapes. Now, he samples, tastes and downloads music off the Internet, picking up podcasts, rare bands and unsigned musicians with big potential. With the bits and bytes burgeoniong, Sanjoy is slowly running out of place to store his growing hoard of disk drives but, thankfully, not his obsessive enthusiasm to hear new music.

A pile of books, unread and semi-read, sits on my bedside table and grows steadily and embarrassingly. I have intentions of reading all of them.

Last week I even read nearly a sixth of David Sedaris’s Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, which is a collection of very funny essays; I finished the entire foreword to A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories, which is a fascinating book by the reputed chef April Bloomfield, co-written with JJ Goode; I read half of Teju Cole’s Open City about a Nigerian immigrant who walks the streets of Manhattan – it is just 260 pages but I still managed to read only half; and I keep gazing at the nine other books that I have not even found the time to open. It’s, as I said, embarrassing. [Read more]

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Of the albums that are on heavy-duty rotation on my playlist now, one is called I Love You, Honeybear. It is by American folk singer and songwriter Father John Misty (aka Joshua Tillman). [Read more]

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Colin Meloy, singer, guitarist, songwriter, bouzouki player and the driving force behind The Decemberists writes songs that teem with high literacy. In the indie folk-rock music that he and his band produce you’re unlikely to encounter colloquialism or slang. [Read more]

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It’s an album that’s like a straight and stiff shot of punk rock with no chaser. I’m talking about Sleater-Kinney’s new release, No Cities to Love, which breaks the all-woman punk and indie rock band’s 10-year hiatus. [Read more]

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Fifty-four-year-old guitarist, bandleader and lead singer, Warren Haynes, can be described as a ‘rockaholic’. Haynes fronts his own southern blues-rock band, Gov’t Mule; he played lead guitar and sang for The Allman Brothers Band (in two stints: from 1989 to 1997; and again from 2000 to 2014 when the band retired); he regularly plays with a host of other bands, including Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead (which is a vestige of the original Grateful Dead), and The Derek Trucks Band; besides, he also records and performs solo. [Read more]

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