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‘Were you in the yard with your wife and children?’

One of the better responses to Ted Cruz’s 9-11-inspired affection for the values of country: But I’m hard-pressed to think of any rockers, classic or otherwise, who were disrespectful in the aftermath of 9/11. Certainly it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or … Continue reading

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Expecting too much, Pt. 3146

It’s not often two of my favorite political journalists and bloggers make two obtuse musical remarks in one day. Louis Menand, reviewing W. Joseph Campbell’s 1995: The Year the Future Began: The stock market began the nineteen-nineties with the Dow … Continue reading

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Everybody get up!

December 1980: PLAYBOY: How do you feel about the lawsuit George lost that claimed the music to “My Sweet Lord” is a rip-off of the Chiffons’ hit “He’s So Fine”? LENNON: Well, he walked right into it. He knew what … Continue reading

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The bus rides and the nowhere to go: Sinatra

Shuja Haider’s preface before his ranking of Sinatra’s great albums: Sinatra is the most authentic interpreter of these songs because his voice and personality, iconic as they are, exist only in service to them. He sounds so familiar now it’s … Continue reading

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Steve Strange ‘played one instrument: his aesthetic’

Tom Ewing on Steve Strange’s impact: Even now there are arguments in pop about how many producers or songwriters an act can employ before some bogus line of inauthenticity is crossed. Visage were a collision of two existing groups – … Continue reading

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‘We just come from such different sets of circumstance’

A curmudgeon since she had to endure condescending garbage from Rolling Stone, famous boyfriends unworthy of her, and the erosion of mass public interest in her albums and its attendant curdling of her talents, Joni Mitchell returns to settle more … Continue reading

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Pillow talk and sweet dreams: Miguel

Miguel – Wild The one called “Coffee” depends on breathless expectations (“Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/Sweet dreams turn into coffee in the morning”) and a churning electronic base that’s like a water bed rumbling under a couple in heat. … Continue reading

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