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On February 17, 2018
The main musical story in my life in the last couple of weeks is the discovery of Cocaine and Rhinestones, a podcast on the history of country music by the son of David Allan Coe. It’s pretty great. I’ve listened to about half the episodes so far. There’s a great one on Loretta Lynn’s song […]
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On February 3, 2018
The grave series will probably always skew to people of longer ago because half of modern people get cremated instead of buried. Sometimes, they are they placed in a cemetery, but often they are not. So there are lots of people from the last half-century I’d like to cover, but can’t. However, occasionally those people […]

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On January 20, 2018

Is it possible to have too much music? It probably is. This is an interesting essay about the problem with a very abbreviated 2017 resolution to only listen to one album a week so the writer can get t

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On January 13, 2018
We need to talk about the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. As always, it’s worth noting that Hall of Fame’s are stupid generally and that’s especially true with something like music, where there’s not even a useful metric. That said, one would hope the best available acts would be elected. And year […]

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On December 23, 2017

In September, the New York Review of Books published a long essay about Otis Redding. 2017 was the 50th anniversary of Redding’s death. The whole thing is worth reading, but it’s worth thi

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This is the grave of Celia Cruz. Born in 1925 in Havana, Cuba, Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, she didn’t grow up in a musical family. In fact, her father wanted her to become a teacher and disapproved of her interest in santería, considered devilish. But she showed huge talent at a […]

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On December 9, 2017

When I was in college, I went through a major Frank Zappa period. It really didn’t last very long–2 years or so. This was a time when I was exploring a lot of interesting instrumental musi

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