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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 killed due to his presidency was Sharon Jones. The Nigerian musician William Onyeabor died. Atomic Bomb is a really great album. The […]

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 said: “They’d sit there, typing away, not buying anything. I had to take desperate measures, so I put on Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention, […]

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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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On October 29, 2016

If you have not read this New Yorker profile of Leonard Cohen, do so now. Also, here’s a great profile of the wonderful guitarist Mary Halvorson. We all need to go to school for biology and then

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On September 24, 2016
Here’s an interview with Laura Ballance, Superchunk bassist and CEO of Merge Records. Question for you. Is Merge the greatest label in rock history? I have to say that it is. In my view, it’s up with the greatest labels of all time like Atlantic and Motown. They’ve never put out a lot of albums […]

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On September 3, 2016

Time for one of my occasional catch-all music posts. Pitchfork released a list of the Top 200 Songs of the 70s. To say the least, this represents a hipster’s modern taste without a real represen

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Irving Fields, RIP

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On August 23, 2016
The wonderful Irving Fields has died at the age of 101. Fields was a brilliant piano player and probably the last living man on the Catskill circuit of the postwar years who in the 1950s combined Jewish music traditions with Latin rhythms. His most famous album is 1959’s Bagels and Bongos, the height of this […]

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On July 16, 2016

Time for another Saturday evening music conversation. A few notes: Rob Wasserman has died. Best known for his work with Bob Weir, Wasserman was a truly great bassist. Pop Matters is ranking the top 10

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On June 25, 2016

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t done one of these in several weeks. I don’t even really have any good stories to link to, but I have slowly listened to a new or long-forgotten album

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