Category Archives: Music

Listen Up! A(nother) Tribute to Prince

First David Bowie and now Prince.  2016 is turning out to be a bit hard on pop music visionaries.  And what have I got to say about Prince that hasn’t already been said with more eloquence?  I’m not sure.  But … Continue reading

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Signal to Noise: A Tribute to BLACKSTAR and David Bowie

It is impossible to listen to Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, without thinking of his death, and this, it seems, is as Bowie had intended. The album is shot through with death, not only in obvious ways as in the … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite (Recorded) Things of 2015

Here are records that were released in 2015 (except where noted) that I found myself repeatedly listening to and really enjoying. I can’t vouch that these are the best albums of the year, but I sure like them. In fact, … Continue reading

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Favorite Music of 2014

Until the last ten years or so I used to buy so few new albums that every purchase was treated like a favorite new record; I would endlessly play it whether or not I thought it was all that great. … Continue reading

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War Is Over!: John Lennon, John & Yoko, and Ferguson, Missouri

On December 8th, the thirty-fourth anniversary of his death, I was thinking of John Lennon. For some reason, the song “Hold On,” from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, kept running through my mind. As I sang it to myself over the … Continue reading

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Down with the Bass

Last month, when I was telling somebody that I had been the bass player in a garage band in high school, he asked, “Why?  Weren’t you good enough of a guitar player?”  For a second, his question brought me up … Continue reading

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This Song Is a Chair

Why is the Replacements’ “Unsatisfied” such a great song?  Ask a fan and odds are that it will be among his or her favorite Replacements songs.  But why?  After all, it’s very simple, and—except for a couple of brief sections—it … Continue reading

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