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On October 24, 2020
Guess what? I saw LIVE MUSIC! That’s right–LIVE MUSIC! Holy mother of God, LIVE MUSIC! Moreover, who was it? NEKO CASE! There’s a place called South Farms in Morris, Connecticut. I had never heard of it before and it mostly focuses on jam bands (even its slogan is “Life is Better on Grass,” which just […]

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On October 11, 2020

Been way too long since I’ve finished one of these posts. That me not finishing things coincided with the start of classes is not a coincidence.. One thing I’ve noticed over the years, and

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On September 13, 2020

Paul discussed the death of Toots Hibbert, so I will focus a bit on the other major musical death of the last couple of weeks, which is the great jazz bassist Gary Peacock. The rare jazzman from Idaho

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On August 30, 2020
The big news in music right now is the death of Justin Townes Earle. He had both the blessing and the curse of being the son of Steve Earle and named after Townes Van Zandt, but he was certainly a very fine artist in his own right. I wasn’t a huge fan of all of […]

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On August 7, 2020

I haven’t seen any shows in five months, which is terrible. But I have read a lot and that has included a few books about music. Might as well discuss them. First, I read Stephen Foehr’s W

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On July 11, 2020

John Zorn writes in the Times on the late, great Ennio Morricone, arguing that he was one of the greatest composers of all-time, period. You don’t have to convince me. Ennio Morricone was more t

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On June 13, 2020
Let’s start with this interview with the great Sonny Rollins, still alive and active at the age of 89, even though he can’t play anymore. But he’s still politically aware and his mind very sharp. This covers everything from jazz history to George Floyd. I’ve always found the whole genre of “indie folk” kind of […]

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On May 24, 2020

There’s not really any major music news or anything since of course there isn’t right now. But it’s time for another open thread on music. I’ve been putting my daily playlists

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On May 18, 2020

Let’s talk tunes! I didn’t really spend enough time last week talking about the life and impact of Little Richard. But you really need to read Bill Wyman on his astonishing life. Jason Isb

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On May 9, 2020
There are two huge names in the music world who died this week. But I want to focus on a third: Wussy’s guitarist John Erhardt. This is a devastating loss for lovers of that great cult band. Erhardt played a great regular guitar, but it was on the steel that he truly excelled. Starting with […]

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On May 2, 2020

Willie Nelson turned 87 this week. In honor of that, Texas Monthly ranked all 143 of his albums. This is truly the list we all need. Things that are correct about this list: #1 is Phases and Stages an

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On April 25, 2020

It is Fiona Apple’s world and we are just living in it. I review her album below, but there’s plenty of great material on her in recent days and weeks. Apple is the peak of the tortured ar

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