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On April 15, 2017

Another Saturday evening, another discussion of the glories of music. On Sunday, I had the tremendous honor of seeing Wadada Leo Smith at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. Smith, the great trumpeter and one

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On April 8, 2017
Time for some music notes. The only story I have about Chuck Berry is that he was the opening act for the only Grateful Dead show I ever saw. This was in Portland in 1995. The last tour. I was as excited or more so to see Chuck than the Dead. But the traffic was […]

Music Notes

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On March 11, 2017

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I saw a band called Lone Piñon play at the Historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales. This is a very interesting musical project. As you may know, over the past 20 years

Music Notes

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On February 18, 2017

We need to talk about the amazing awesomeness of Drive-By Truckers live shows. I saw my 11th show in New York last weekend. It was supposed to be my 12th, but the Boston show the previous Thursday had

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On February 4, 2017
A brief music notes, just to get our mind off politics. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours just turned 40. Here’s a ranking of the songs on the album. Putting “Don’t Stop” last is the correct call. The whole ranking is basically right. Pop Matters ranked the best post-punk albums. Have it with your thoughts. Album Reviews: Dale […]

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On January 21, 2017

A few music notes for these horrible days of fascism. If you haven’t read the Rolling Stone profile of John Prine, do so. It’s really great. Remember that the first person Donald Trump kil

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Best Albums of 2016

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On December 31, 2016
As I have done for at least the last couple of years, here is my best albums of 2016 list. Of course, I can’t listen to everything so take it for what it’s worth. And each year this gets slightly harder to do because I have a huge list of albums from the last couple […]

British Music Humor

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On December 1, 2016

This should be true and not satire. Mary Fisher, owner of the Demon Bean in Kilburn, took desperate measures after an infestation of laptop-wielding ‘digital nomads’ threatened her business. She s

Music Notes

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On November 5, 2016

The great country songwriter Curly Putman is dead. He wrote such hits as “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” “D.I.V.O.R.C.E” “Dumb Blonde” and “He Stopped Lovin

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