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Northern Soul: A YouTube playlist

While in London in November, I went over for dinner with one of my closest childhood friends. He was influential in my musical tastes when I was a kid, and...
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Top 150 from 2010: The Next 75

The list of 75 songs below comprises the second MP3 disc I put together to celebrate the 150 Best Songs, or Top Artists, or simply the most representative music of...
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150 From 2010: The First 75

As somewhat promised last week, when I posted my Top 10 Albums from 2010, here’s the first MP3 disc of my 150 from 2010 that I put together on my...
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Steal This Mix!

Saturday night I DJ’d my old neighbor’s long-standing Cinqo de Mayo party in Brooklyn… the first time I’d been able to attend in years. Had an absolute blast. Put together...
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Who Shot Rock & Roll

Making the most of my time back in the Old Borough, I spent a considerable chunk of last Friday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, specifically checking out its new...
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All Hopped Up Music and Maps: Chapter 3

This playlist – The Harlem Hit Parade – accompanies Chapter 3 of All Hopped Up and Ready To Go, and deals with the birth of a new form of vocal...
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All Hopped Up And Ready To Go: An Introduction

I was halfway through my first two-hour interview with the guitarist, producer, songwriter, journalist, and author Lenny Kaye, about as educated and enthusiastic a student and participant of the New...
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Book Review: The Last Mad Surge of Youth by Mark Hodkinson

I’ve been writing (for a long-term project) a lot about the late 70s and early 80s of late, that incredibly fertile period that has become known historically as “post-punk.” (At...
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