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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 […]

Music Notes

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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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Music Notes

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On June 29, 2019
This was quite the last couple of weeks for music in my world Not only did I get lucky enough to listen to some really great albums for the first time, but I also saw a few outstanding shows. First, I saw my 14th Drive-By Truckers show, at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts. That […]

Music Notes

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On May 26, 2019

Memorial Day weekend is a good time for some music notes. I had the honor of seeing the amazing pianist Matthew Shipp perform on Friday, at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. I had seen him before, a solo sho

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Music Notes

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On May 11, 2019
It’s been entirely too long since I did one of these posts. Since I published the last, I’ve seen three live shows. Most important is seeing Kris Kristofferson playing with The Strangers, Merle Haggard’s old band, at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts. I had seen Kris once before, at an event in Santa Fe […]

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On March 24, 2019

I don’t have anything particularly profound to say on music today. But we all need a break from the Mueller report and I have listened to a bunch of new albums recently, so it seems to be time f

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