Monthly Archives: August 2016

Another year with nuthin’ to do: Best of 1969

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Everyone Knows This is Nowhere Miles Davis – In a Silent Way The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis Sly and the Family Stone – Stand! Bob Dylan … Continue reading

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Florida — the state with the prettiest name, Part #239!

To say that the Sunshine State has endured the stupidest primary election of my lifetime sounds precipitate, given that the state isn’t underwater yet and the Democratic Party sees no alternative to running Charlie Crist templates until Gainesville condo owners … Continue reading

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Look at Mother Nature on the run: Best of 1970

Notes: I don’t own any Black Sabbath except Paranoid but have no opinion. Leave me alone! After years of limiting her writing to a couple tunes per album, Aretha Franklin looked over at the burgeoning singer-songwriter movement and said, “Here … Continue reading

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Seconds of pleasure: Britney Spears and Lydia Loveless

Britney Spears – Glory For readers who buy music, splurge on the deluxe edition: you need “If I’m Dancing.” Anchored by a hornet’s buzz hooked up to six thousand amps, this extra track has the star singing at the end … Continue reading

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Gene Wilder – RIP

The eighties were so strange that watching See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy I thought Gene Wilder was the wild one and Richard Pryor the straight man. Wilder’s frizz perm fascinated me too – here was a … Continue reading

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The debts you make you have to pay: Best of 1971

“Seminal” doesn’t come close to describing this year. To consider omitting There’s a Riot Going On and Who’s Next would mean, I guess, I’m uncomfortable with a certain kind of murk-funk and the kind of halitosis confused with hyperemotionalism, respectively; … Continue reading

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Hit you with a flower: Best albums of 1972

I’m not fond of the Funkadelic and Waylon Jennings on this list, but these formative records captured the kind of aesthetic tumult that makes for compelling listening if uneven product. The rest are awesome, starting with the best singer-songwriter album … Continue reading

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Juan Gabriel — RIP

American audiences have no more than a passing acquaintance — I’m being kind — with the biggest international star that Mexico ever produced. This behemoth, whose talents made him his country’s Smokey Robinson, had a high, wracked balladeer’s tone and … Continue reading

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GOP greet Clinton presidency with relief: it’s business as usual

Should Hillary Rodham Clinton take the oath of office next January, the GOP paladins whom she’s courting will return to their most comfortable posture: hating Clinton for not being a conservative, hating Clinton because she’s a Clinton. Check this dude … Continue reading

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Thank you thank you thank you: Best of 1973

Mott the Hoople – Mott Sly and the Family Stone – Fresh Roxy Music – Stranded Al Green – Call Me John Prine – Sweet Revenge David Bowie – Aladdin Sane The New York Dolls – The New York Dolls … Continue reading

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‘It’s never too late to learn from experience’

The GOP Master of Ceremonies has written about his latest attempt at cogitation, and in some instances words form themselves into sentences. Lately I’ve been thinking about experience. A lie. David Brooks doesn’t think. Besides, how does one “think about” … Continue reading

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Singles 8/26

Notes: – As you can see, a solid week. Lady Leshurr grimes like it’s 2003, Nada Rose and Tiwa Savage spit rhymes like they just invented them. Isaiah Rasahd barely sneaked in. – I direct P!nk fans to her Chesney … Continue reading

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