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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

PREMISE: An accounting of the monumental Memphis record label that exemplified soul music for black and white alike. PROMISE: “The Stax story has been told in bits and pieces in...
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The Story Of Lovers Rock

The other night, scouring the cable channels for something half-way decent to watch, I stumbled on The Story of Lovers Rock, on the Africa Channel. Any outlet for such a...
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A helmet, a Hammond and a podcast on Hunter Mountain

The scene: Hunter Ski Mountain, the express lift to the summit. It’s a Friday, a powder day too, but the mountain is not crowded: the storm has only just subsided...
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Insight of Sorts into Inside Llewyn Davis

Had me a very cultural weekend. Went to see Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires supported by Simi Stone at the Bearsville Theater Friday night. Read David Remnick’s 17,000 word profile...
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The Damned: The Most Underrated Artist of Our Time?

IN the current issue of long-standing American indie music Bible The Big Takeover, Tim Sommer embarks on the quest for the Most Underrated Artist of Our Time. His criteria includes...
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Top Ten Singles of 2013

FWIW, my Top 10 Singles of the Year, as entered into the annual Village Voice poll. I have more fun putting together this list than the Top 10 Albums; it’s...
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Top Ten Albums of 2013

Top Ten Albums of 2013

So, I still get asked to contribute to the annual Village Voice ‘Pazz and Jop’ Poll – a Best Of The Year list that was once the most influential in...
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This Charming Man: Roddy Frame in 1984

I would never buy a compact disc player. In the annals of poor predictions, the above statement is probably not up there with Morrissey’s insistence that “we really want to...
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