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On March 31, 2020
The last show I saw before the coronavirus restrictions was Bill Frisell, at the Shedd in Eugene, Oregon. This is a good time to talk about Frisell’s role in my musical life. When I was in college, I really started exploring new and experimental music in a fairly serious way. Somewhat surprisingly, I got quite […]

McCoy Tyner, RIP

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On March 6, 2020

The great jazz pianist is gone, at the age of 81. Tyner’s famous for his legendary work with John Coltrane at the peak of the saxophone master’s career between 1961 and 1965. Somewhat oddl

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On March 3, 2020

This goes out to everyone who wants to talk about something else than politics on Super Tuesday. This is going to be a very heavy Drive-By Truckers based post. Album review is below. I saw them twice

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On January 25, 2020
Haven’t had a good music notes post in a very long time. Still in my concert drought, but that will be ending soon. With new albums on the way from Drive-By Truckers, John Moreland, and Waxahatchee, and a new song from Margo Price dropped this week, there’s a lot of promise for this year, at […]

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On December 8, 2019

I don’t have any particularly compelling personal musical experiences since the last Music Notes post. My concert schedule has a lull in it right now and until the beginning of February actually

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On November 16, 2019

The biggest musical event for me since the last of these posts was seeing the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet at Firehouse 12 in New Haven last Friday. Bynum likes working in larger ensembles, which is great b

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On October 27, 2019
Obviously, the most important music news of the past few weeks was the death of the great Ginger Baker. One of the interesting things about him is that Cream wasn’t even a very good band. Obviously, all three were great players, but since they couldn’t or wouldn’t play together, they never gelled, despite the hype […]

Abbey Road

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On September 26, 2019

50th anniversary of Abbey Road, so let this be an open thread on the nostalgia of Baby Boomers. Also, put some damn shoes on Paul, who knows what’s on that road. At least Abbey Road is a pretty

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From his self-titled 1978 debut Wreckless Eric right up until his phenomenal 2019 release Transience, the English singer/songwriter Eric “Wreckless Eric” Goulden has been a pantheonic figure of the rock tradition, whose keen ear for big ticket hooks and gimlet eye for grim human comedy have long made him the envy of and inspiration to […]

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On August 17, 2019

I haven’t done one of these in quite awhile, largely because until the last week, I was too busy to listen to many new albums. Then I listened to so many this week that it’s really too man

Today in NPR

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On July 27, 2019

NPR is The Worst. I’ve discussed this before, including recently. Here is another reason why. Kim Kelly is one of our most outstanding labor journalists. She’s also a long-time writer on m

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