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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 of the most amazing living musicians, was a founding member of the AACM and a man who is making the best […]

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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 exci

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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

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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 to be rescheduled because of snow. For all their great albums (and some more just OK, but […]

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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 t

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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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Repealing the ACA would decimate the lives of musicians who rely on it to stay healthy. This is of course part of the point for Republican “governance” that is launching a head-on attack on the arts. For much of his life, Andrew Savage, the 30-year-old singer-guitarist for New York indie-rock band Parquet Courts, went without […]

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

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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 Loving Her Today.” Pretty amazing writer. In the world of music and work, the Fort Worth Symphony is on strike. These aren’t unions we think about much so the politics […]

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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, it̵

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