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She Made a Difference: R.I.P. Poly Styrene

This past Saturday, we threw a little dance party at our house; we do that now and then. I like them to have themes, and this one was dedicated to...
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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… Christmas?

Photographs from a Good Friday run-hike up Hunter Mountain: ascent via Devil’s Path, descent via Becker Hollow. “Aerial” shots taken atop the Fire Tower. As you can see, the snow...
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Soul Sonic Forces

My long-standing friend Peter Jervis, who I know as Jaf from the days when he fronted the Jamming! Records band Zeitgeist, has always had impeccable taste in soul music. (Zeitgeist’s...
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New Yorkers to Albany: No Fracking Way

Just some of the home-made signs at the anti-Fracking Legislative Day Of Action in Albany on Monday, April 11th. (Click on images to see in larger size.) With the New...
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Give It Up! Ten Reasons We Loved LCD Soundsystem

On Friday October 10, 2002, I posted a live review of LCD Soundsystem at the Bowery in Manhattan. “Give It Up!” I headlined. “Ten Reasons To Love LCD Soundsystem.” On...
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Cask: The Modern Beer Drinker’s Heaven on Earth

If Britain is currently enjoying a Renaissance in Real Ale, then Cask is perhaps the Leonardo da Vinci of its rejuvenated pubs. (This may be a mixed metaphor, but we’re...
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I Witness: The Thin Line Between Winter and Spring

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The New British Indie Scene: Beer to Swear By

British drinkers of my generation grew up knocking back gaseous, industrially produced, primarily foreign lagers. I should know; I was amongst them. God knows why; perhaps because everyone else was...
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