What the Beatles Meant

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“There’s so much there in that ‘Ed Sullivan’ appearance it’s almost overwhelming to me," says Lennon and Beatles biographer and NPR critic Tim Riley. “But there is this thought that they articulated later: ‘We are a rock ‘n’ roll band, we know where we’re situated in rock ‘n’ roll history and we do … [Read more...]

WHY CATHOLICS NEED GARRY WILLS

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On similarly fake grounds, Republicans use the Catholic bishops’ opposition to contraception as an excuse based on “religious freedom” to oppose the Affordable Care Act. The bishops’ case is phony—no one is forced to use or not use contraception by the act. But bishops say that countenancing the act … [Read more...]

SELECTED 2013 LISTS

Under the weather, behind on my spotify list, but watch this space... "We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling — whether it’s trying to stop the years racing past, or speeding up time when we’re stuck in a queue, … [Read more...]

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, … [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 … [Read more...]

100 Times Over

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You'll remember where you were the first time you heard this: Listening to the Beatles' 'White Album' 100 Times, All at Once - NYTimes.com And Kozinn issues another Beatles book: … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]