Music

James: La Petite Mort pour toujours

My favorite lyricist is indelibly associated with Manchester, though he doesn’t originally hail from there. His name is Tim Booth and time and time again, over the quarter century-plus that...
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My Date with Keef

It was early 1989, and Keith Richards was on his final day at home before flying off to the Caribbean to record with the Rolling Stones for the first time...
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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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