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More Thoughts on Music and Place

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On September 20, 2011
A couple additional points to my post of Sunday. 1. My original thoughts on the decline of modern songwriting and its rootlessness in regards to place came after reading this old blog post by the singer Tom Russell. Russell is a very cranky man who has something of a weakness for nostalgia, particularly where it […]

Qwikster?

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On September 19, 2011

Like a lot of people, I am perplexed by Netflix splitting its home-delivery service from its online service: Which raises the question: What is Reed Hastings smoking? As far as anyone can tell, he see

The Bristlecones Don’t Lie

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On September 19, 2011
Wow: A study published in 2009 — with Matthew Salzer of the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona as the lead author — found bristlecone ring-growth rates in the second half of the 20th century to be higher than in any other 50-year period in the last 3,700 years. “The accelerated growth […]

Place and Music

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On September 17, 2011

As articles pour in marking the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, many focus on the Seattle scene of the early 1990s with its flannel and dark lyrics. Of course, Seattle’s changed a

Wilderness

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On September 14, 2011

As Michael Lipsky points out, wilderness is a great thing, but it’s not something devoid of human influence. In fact, these are spaces that are heavily managed by humans and protected by legisla

Bourbon Season

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On September 14, 2011
So the world is going to hell. The Democrats are getting crushed in special elections, Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to game the system to guarantee Rick Perry’s election in 2012, Israel’s relations with its neighbors are increasingly fractured. But hey, at least it is cooling down and we are entering bourbon season, with all kinds […]

Wade Mainer, RIP

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On September 14, 2011

In comments to my Bill Monroe post, RM notes that the great Wade Mainer died today at the age of 104. I assumed he had died a long time ago. A legendary banjo player, Mainer was one, if not the, last

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