Spotify Lightning: Right Spark, Wrong Rod

COVERS Bill Murray, Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm," St. Vincent closing credits SPOTIFY COVERAGE STILL WEAK  In The New Yorker, John Seabrook leaves the reader asking the single most pertinent, obvious yet invisible question coursing through this non-story: why would anybody rely on "record … [Read more...]

BROTHAS… George Clinton book review


National Memo, the new online publication from Joe Conasan, launches its book review: George Clinton, funk’s profane God-uncle, bandleader of both Parliament and Funkadelic, producer of legions more, was born in a lavatory in Kannapolis, North Carolina, so he “came by the funk honestly.” His … [Read more...]

Rand Paul, Plagiarism, and Time magazine

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This really crosses a line, both for objective fact and hard news. It's neither, and it's deceitful by omission. This guy creeps me out, never more than when I agree with him (on drones). Alternate heads: The Most Interesting Plagiarist in the Senate The Senate's Plagiarist Hood … [Read more...]

Reasons to be Cheerful: Sleater-Kinney Reunion


Sleater-Kinney Announce No Cities To Love Reunion Album & World Tour - Stereogum. Related articles Sleater-Kinney release first new song in nine years "Bury Our Friends" - listen Selater-Kinney returns with new album and tour in 2015 Sleater-Kinney Box Set Comes With A New Song Marked … [Read more...]

Chris Smither


Chris Smither's 70th birthday release, minus some missing liner notes that completely misdirected listeners: Never mind that Eric Von Schmidt gave him an early break by inviting him onstage at Passim's in Harvard Square, or that the Boston Music Awards granted him Best Folk Artist status. Chris … [Read more...]

Eight-String Bach


Interview with Reinventing Bach author Paul Elie about Chris Thile's performing Bach on mandolin. Part of a larger project still in progress, Roll Over, Beethoven: the Rock Critic's Guide to Classical Music … [Read more...]

Dylan’s Other Side: Maymudes Backstage

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    An Insider's View of the Bob Dylan Story Another Side of Bob Dylan, by Victor and Jacob Maymudes On Point discussion with Jacob Maymudes and Tom Ashbrook NPR rebroadcasts this, repeats tonight on WBUR at 8pm Eastern. Related articles A Dylan Insider's Back Pages 6 … [Read more...]

Buried in the Files: That Eric Alper entry


Moondog Matinee, The Band (Capitol) I first fell in love with this record growing up in Boulder, Colorado, after I saw Dylan play with the Band at the Denver Coliseum in early 1974. I had Planet Waves in my ear, and knew the early Band albums, but this record hovered over them all with an aura of … [Read more...]

Fever: How Rock Transforms Gender


Now a feature-length ebook available from fine digital outlets everywhere… (Apple iTunes Store, Amazon) Read a sample chapter here: Chapter Six -  Bruce Springsteen's "Walk Like a Man" Customized Spotify playlist … [Read more...]