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On May 14, 2018
Here is a great history of Living Colour, one of the most underrated bands in history, particularly focusing on their debut album Vivid and it’s great single “Cult of Personality.” I personally think Stain is their best album, but all three of their initial studio albums are fantastic. This goes into the intense racism they […]

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On April 28, 2018

It’s time to talk some tunes. Cool piece on the 40th anniversary of the B-52s releasing “Rock Lobster.” I reviewed Jaimie Branch’s incredible Fly or Die album awhile back. It&#

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Beyoncé’s debut performance as the first black woman headliner at the predominantly all-white pricey music festival Coachella has made history for mainstream music in America. It racked up an impressive amount of press thanks to social media reactions by celebrities and “regular” people and set a new record for the festival. But not everyone watched […]

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On April 7, 2018

I saw my 13th Drive By Truckers show on Monday in State College, Pennsylvania. It was another very fine show. You’d think they would get tired as they age, but it was yet another high energy sho

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On March 24, 2018

I was fortunate enough to see Tal National, the great band from Niger, about 2 weeks ago in Kingston, New York. This band, which is really more of a collective with people shuttling in and out, has re

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This is the grave of John Philip Sousa. The composer and conductor of America’s soundtrack for imperialism and colonization, Sousa was born in Washington, DC in 1854. He arguably would become the first famous Portuguese-American, which was his father’s heritage. Sousa was a pretty great musician from the moment he picked up an instrument, which […]

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On February 17, 2018

The main musical story in my life in the last couple of weeks is the discovery of Cocaine and Rhinestones, a podcast on the history of country music by the son of David Allan Coe. It’s pretty gr

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This is the grave of Paul Revere. No, not that one. Paul Revere Dick was born in Harvard, Nebraska in 1938. At some point, his family moved to Idaho. In his early 20s, Revere evidently owned at least one restaurant in Caldwell, Idaho (real biographical details are sketchy; Wikipedia says he owned several restaurants but […]

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On February 3, 2018

The grave series will probably always skew to people of longer ago because half of modern people get cremated instead of buried. Sometimes, they are they placed in a cemetery, but often they are not.

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