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Crawling back to him: remembering Tom Petty

Between bouts of Kelela and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, I’ve listened to a lot of Tom Petty the last eight days. Perhaps too much listening – I missed my deadline to contribut to The Singles Jukebox’s Petty tribute. Among a fine … Continue reading

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Droppin’ coffee pots: Eminem

Rough notes on watching Eminem’s “The Storm (Freestyle).” 1. The rasp heightened the urgency, the disgust. Its strength is in Eminem’s enjambments and, to quote my friend Raymond Cummings, its pauses. Watching him in his hoodie, the way the years … Continue reading

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It couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me: Tom Petty’s legacy

The thing is, there was always a good Tom Petty song. Casual listening is easy these days. In the same way you’d satisfy your curiosity about an old friend by visiting her Facebook page, or how you’d say hello to … Continue reading

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You’ll have light and you’ll never be cold: Grant Hart — RIP

What is it with men named Grant? Like the Australian with the surname McLennan, our Grant was a fount of melody. He could no sooner write a dull chorus than a deejay release a commercial track without a Justin Bieber … Continue reading

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Holger Czukay — RIP

A shame David Lynch didn’t use “Oh Yeah” to score scenes set in Twin Peaks’ in-between dimension where Killer Bob and The Man From Another Place glower and speak backwards. It was Holger Czukay’s fate to record music so far-out … Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas!

Two observations based on the Billboard Music Awards: (1) Running through a hit-strewn preface that plays like an Obama-era catalog of very necessary vulgarity, Nicki Minaj lands on 2017 “No Frauds” and the David Guetta-produced “Light My Body Up” while … Continue reading

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Chris Cornell – RIP

What a voice — as a physical instrument it had elasticity and power. Not many rock baritones could boast such gifts. In Soundgarden, Chris Cornell also brought the charisma of a front man who’d studied his seventies rock god manuals, … Continue reading

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Multiplatinum hitmakers Roger Daltrey and Robert Tepper

A few notes on this spring 1986 chart, unearthed because : (1) Chris Molanphy, can you explain the differences between “power” and “active” rotation? (2) Let the record show that Roger Daltrey is at the top of heavy rotation with … Continue reading

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The music’s playing, there’s a celebration: the best of Debarge

This list should be forty tunes long — that’s the tragedy of the most talented singing and writing family since the Jacksons. A remarkably protracted period of drug abuse paralyzed the Debarge clan for two decades, such that when mastermind … Continue reading

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Dance, dance, dance: the best of Justin Timberlake

A charmer, also a dick. Critics love the idea of Justin Timberlake: white boy leaves best-selling boy band, “matures,” gets better haircuts, etc. I bet he even smells good! The boy band’s singles were solid to excellent, though, and for … Continue reading

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A certain time, a certain place: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’

A few years ago I found this story about the recording of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac’s fifth with Lindsey Buckingham and first with Stevie Nicks as a triggered Fairlight sample. Press around the album centered on Buckingham’s exit … Continue reading

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If you lose your faith: the best of Everything But the Girl

“Tracey Thorn has always been one of those singers who sounded dandy on other people’s records, notably Massive Attack’s,” Robert Christgau wrote at the dawn of the 2000s, and he was right. But for a critic who has admitted to … Continue reading

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