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Image via WikipediaIt's a Wrap: Muckrack's Review of the ReviewsNew Fav Tools: feedly.com, pinboard.inTop Internet Memes of 2010, and moreUndercovered: Veterans Chained to the White House FenceDiscographies, the New Anonymous: "Like you, I also get asked whether I write … [Read more...]

FUNK & SOUL COVERS: TASCHEN, THE SWEAT

Funk & Soul Covers, by Joaquim Paulo, Ed. by Julius WiedermannTaschen site has a "leaf-through" feature, better to search google images for obscure desktoppers. Links to funk underworld reviews. Related articlesTake Cover: D├óm-Funk: Adolescent Funk (pitchfork.com)The Big Books … [Read more...]

DOONESBURY: THE ASHTRAY

40: A Doonesbury RetrospectiveFrame completely at odds with content: This elite cinder-block of a book begs the question, "why print?" Where's searchable digital media with thematic tags, index, and instant social accessibility when you most want it? There are so many strips in here you … [Read more...]

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Cover of Richard MeltzerScribes We Turn To: Richard Meltzer, the Beefheart of rock critics: Graham JohnsonGary LucasTen Random Discs (Beat Patrol)Drummer John French's memoirsbeta blog(I interviewed Meltzer a couple years ago for my Lennon bio, he remembered seeing both Shea Stadium shows, 1965 … [Read more...]

MUCKRACK SHOUTOUT: MUSIC MONDAY (BEEFHEART)

Image via WikipediaMUSIC MONDAY from Muckrack daily: Don Van Vliet, or Captain Beefheart, died at the weekend aged 69. Tim Riley of NPR retweets Billy Bragg's link to Beefheart's "10 Commandments of Guitar Playing: Your guitar is a divining rod". Rolling … [Read more...]

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COHEN, SANCTIMONIOUS: Next thing you know, Red Sox fans will be swaying to this song in the stands.Another year over: Fimoculous continues its list aggregating, send yours to Rex.see also: Huffposts's List of Best Book ListsBillboard Year-End ListsHip-Hop Dominates iTunesPublisher's Weekly Best … [Read more...]

MORE TO COME

Image by Miguel Ramirez via Flickrfrom Publisher's Marketplace (12/15/10): Music historian and journalist Tim Riley's JOHN ONO LENNON: THE LIFE AND THE MUSIC, an examination of John Lennon's life and creative legacy, covering everything from the widely misunderstood origins of "Working Class Hero" … [Read more...]

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK: "Oh How I Love Jesus" (Disc 30, Track 16): "...a tremendous amount, as it happens," Jon Caramanica, reviewing Presley's THE COMPLETE ELVIS PRESLEY MASTERS (30 CDs, RCA) (see completeelvis.com)Related articlesHoliday Gift Guide: Music Boxed Sets (nytimes.com)Beethoven: Late … [Read more...]

KILL THIS DOG

DRUNK, STONED, BRILLIANT, DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the national Lampoon Insanely Great, by Rick Meyerowitz "Well, this is a book done by an artist. I waited 35 years for some writer to tell the story. And they didn't do it. When I decided to do this book, my thought was, … [Read more...]

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Cover of Booker T. & The MG'sDigitally enhanced combovers for aesthetically thirsty underdawgs...More Keef Ink: The redoubtable Bill Wyman (yes, that Bill Wyman) prints a scathingly ravaged letter from brother Jagger about Life with a capital L. One of the better band briefs yet … [Read more...]

DISCOGRAPHIES AT 140CPT

Image by Howdy, I'm H. Michael Karshis via FlickrMaybe flavor of the month, but @Discographies has its moments: Big Star/Nick Drake: 1 Immortal songs about hope; 2 and girls; 3 and loss, time-traveling forward to a future that would someday hear them.And it's NOT Xgau. Oh, can we make requests? … [Read more...]

CASTING BEYOND NOWHERE BOY

Image by triley60 via Flickr...But Tim Riley, who just finished his big bio John Ono Lennon, hails Nowhere Boy's musical authenticity and "weird mother/son/aunt love triangle, one of the most screwed-up relationships ever." Riley screened it for his Emerson College students, … [Read more...]

FRIDAY DETEROIRATA X:2

Ephemera for Complicated Souls... Quote of the Week: Of all the preposterous things Keith Richards said on Fresh Air last week, his Altamont quote has to be the most offensive (cue: 27:40): "Meredith [Hunter], who went down in this scene... he was asking for trouble... " Right, that's what we've … [Read more...]