New York Times Book Review: Lewisohn’s TUNE IN

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Before the British invasion: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison in 1962. By TIM RILEY Published: December 6, 2013 Approaches to retelling the Beatles’ story slice in two distinct directions: narrow or wide. Some authors choose a single figure and bore down deep, which has brought the count of Paul McCartney life stories to at least 10, with more in the pipeline. Others frame the narrative from more expansive angles, weaving in the era’s social texture, politics and cultural context (see Devin McKinney’s shrewd … [Read more...]

FRIDAY SHINDIG: LENNON

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Friday, December 6, at 4pm EST Every year at this time, Beatles fans gather to celebrate the music of John Lennon. In this author appearance, Lennon biographer and NPR critic Tim Riley answers questions about his life, his musical legacy, and the myths that swirl around his legacy. Join Riley as he talks about the season's most current books, recent reissues, news concerning Apple's vault, and projects in the pipeline. http://shindig.com/event/lennon … [Read more...]

Homeland Season Three: Thomson v Riley

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"Javadi, coming after Nazir, ends any hopes that Homeland is prepared to find depth in Islamic characters; he is one more razor-lipped, saturnine terrorist, whispering Arabic threats (the kind of guy Hope and Crosby met on the road to everywhere). Magically brought to America to meet Carrie, the all-wise Jivadi finds time to slaughter his ex-wife (who happens to be nearby!) and his daughter-in-law. Just keep a low profile, Jivadi. This raises more problems because surveillance footage catches Quinn coming in on the murders (but not Carrie—are … [Read more...]

RADIO FREE LIVERPOOL: BBC MEETS THE BEATLES

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Too little too late but nothing to snort at, Live at the BBC captures the Beatles in the act of defining themselves. The group’s live appearances on British radio between 1962 and  1966 have been on collectors’ short lists of unpublished Beatle wonders since they were first resurrected over ten years ago. Beginning back when manager Brian Epstein began pounding London pavement in search of a recording deal, these tracks stake a claim in rock mythology equal that of Bob Dy1an’s Basement Tapes (recorded in 1967, released in 1975) er Elvis … [Read more...]

Baby Blue: Breaking Bad leftovers

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People flipped when they played "Crystal Blue Persuasion," when they had this nugget in their back pockets the whole time. Wish I had thought of it myself. 10 More Unused Breaking Bad Tracks: Chemistry Class, Elvis Costello Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Beatles Castilian Blue, Terence Trent D'Arby Blue For No Reason, Bonnie Raitt Dr. Luther's Assistant, Elvis Costello Dead Flowers, Rolling Stones Turn That Heartbeat Over Again, Steely Dan D.O.A., Bloodrock Take This Job and Shove It, Johnny Paycheck Hello Walls, Faron Young (New … [Read more...]

Classic Album Covers

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The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers | Mental Floss                   Related articles A selection of funny classical music links! 48 Things You Didn't Know Had Names Proof: FAST 7 Stills Are Just Christian Rock Album Covers Here Are the Backstories of Five Very Weirdly Spelled Words Drake's NWTS album covers Cast your vote for the best album cover for the week of September 24, 2013 … [Read more...]

10 Visual Vine Tributes to Your Favorite Albums

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from 10 Visual Vine Tributes to Your Favorite Albums. PLUS: Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate | The Aquarian Weekly. 7 Music Discovery Tools to Find New Tunes. Related articles Music Star Comebacks: Falls Most Surprising New Releases Viewing Vintage through Vine Miley Cyrus Gets Wrecked In A New Vine From Gloria Estefan! Check It Out HERE!!! Rise 12 BatDad Vines That Prove He's The Superhero We Need Right Now … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie, and 60s Dystopia

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...Jay Leno's 1984 standup opener put it best: "I know it's wrong, but when Nancy Reagan says 'Just Say No,' it makes me want to shoot up in the gutter and die." Both Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie riff on the war on drugs as a kind of mass psychosis we all participate in, incentivizing purer and more violent potions, dealers, and tactics. Across boundaries of race, class, demographics, and gender, these shows portray the resultant drug culture as mass expressions of self-centeredness that, paradoxically, still define our immigration policy and … [Read more...]

DETERIORATA XIII:2 dBs, Buzzcocks, Deerhunter

The songs our parents gave us | Music | The Guardian The Warm Thrill of Confusion - NYTimes.com Articles: The Return of the Replacements | Features | Pitchfork Bob Dylan: Another Self Portrait Vs. The Basement Box | Popdose And two new laudable-recent sets from parallel worlds: the dBs Falling Off the Sky (2012), and the Buzzcocks FlatPack Philosophy (2013). Leading candidate for album of the year: Deerhunter's Monomania. … [Read more...]

BADASS: JUSTIFIED VS BREAKING BAD

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Nick Searcy as Raylan Givens' boss Chief Deputy Art Mullen gave the climactic speech in last season's finale (hint: Erica Tazel delivers the scene-stealer under her breath: "I had panties just like that"): The "Alphabet Street" soundtrack proved too tempting: Related articles Raylan vs. Boyd: Sexiness Justified Walton Goggins explains the Boyd Crowder role as 'Justified' season 5 set for 2014 Justified Nick Searcy, Man In A Blue Robe Breitbart Inspires Justified's Nick Searcy 'First Snack gets his own plane!' Bo … [Read more...]

Harry Nilsson Answers Lennon-McCartney Conundrum

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LEAD OF THE MONTH:  If Lennon-McCartney was the question, the answer was: this guy. What happens, in other words, if you combine in one person, in one talent, in a single opus, the whimsical facility of Paul and the howlingness and perversity of John? On June 5, 1941, Mother Nature—in antic mood—gave it a shot; prodigious chaos ensued. And the name of the chaos was Harry Nilsson. via Harry Nilsson by James Parker in Slate Magazine   Related articles Harry Nilsson: 'Everything was sweeter with Harry' The Stories of Famous … [Read more...]

Is Spotify bad for music?

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  Is Spotify bad for music? | Comment is free | The Observer Something unsettling about agreeing with Yorke in principle even though I respect his music more than admire or listen to it, and have a reflexive aversion to millionaires who complain about getting bad deals from the multinationals they bed down with. Of course, drawing attention to said deals = good. Don't blame the messenger. But still. As a consumer, Spotify solves all kinds of problems and invites huge new resources for discovering new music, from this side of the … [Read more...]