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This is the grave of William Warfield. Born in 1920 in West Helena, Arkansas, he grew up in Rochester, New York, when his father, a Baptist minister, took over a congregation there. He became locally known for his amazing bass voice and he graduated from the Eastman School of Music. He studied music and learned […]

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On June 16, 2018

It’s time for an entirely too long post about music. It’s too long because I didn’t get around to finishing anything while I kept listening to new albums and reading new stories. Wel

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On May 14, 2018
Here is a great history of Living Colour, one of the most underrated bands in history, particularly focusing on their debut album Vivid and it’s great single “Cult of Personality.” I personally think Stain is their best album, but all three of their initial studio albums are fantastic. This goes into the intense racism they […]

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On April 28, 2018

It’s time to talk some tunes. Cool piece on the 40th anniversary of the B-52s releasing “Rock Lobster.” I reviewed Jaimie Branch’s incredible Fly or Die album awhile back. It&#

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Beyoncé’s debut performance as the first black woman headliner at the predominantly all-white pricey music festival Coachella has made history for mainstream music in America. It racked up an impressive amount of press thanks to social media reactions by celebrities and “regular” people and set a new record for the festival. But not everyone watched […]

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On April 7, 2018

I saw my 13th Drive By Truckers show on Monday in State College, Pennsylvania. It was another very fine show. You’d think they would get tired as they age, but it was yet another high energy sho

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On March 24, 2018

I was fortunate enough to see Tal National, the great band from Niger, about 2 weeks ago in Kingston, New York. This band, which is really more of a collective with people shuttling in and out, has re

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This is the grave of John Philip Sousa. The composer and conductor of America’s soundtrack for imperialism and colonization, Sousa was born in Washington, DC in 1854. He arguably would become the first famous Portuguese-American, which was his father’s heritage. Sousa was a pretty great musician from the moment he picked up an instrument, which […]

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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 gr

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