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On September 22, 2018
Let’s talk some music. We can argue whether Wayne Shorter is the greatest living jazz composer, but we can’t argue that he should be in the conversation. He just turned 85 and here’s a profile of him and his legacy, focusing on the most critical year of his career. Pitchfork named its 200 best albums […]

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On August 18, 2018

We need some more discussion of Aretha. Here’s a bunch of remembrances. All Songs Considered. Turns out she liked playing a little golf. Her episode of Murphy Brown. Christgau. Finally, this is

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We lost another multigenerational political and popular icon this week with the passing of Aretha Franklin. Though she lived a full life, performing right until the very end, I still think 76 is far too young. I won’t rehash any of the great obituaries out there, though I will say I enjoyed this one from […]
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On July 21, 2018
So, I was reading Rachel Lee Rubin’s new short book on Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” and I learned something I didn’t know but that also didn’t surprise me. You know how on the famous Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin album, how the prisoners cheer when he sings on “Folsom Prison Blues” “I shot […]
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On June 30, 2018
On this day in 1998, Lucinda Williams released Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, one of the greatest albums ever made. It was the cap on a wonderful early career. She was already middle-aged by this time, as her albums came out very, very slowly. A difficult, tempestuous person with a lot of relationship problems, […]
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