President Obama’s Weekly Address (Oct. 30, 2010)

October 31, 2010 at 5:58 pm (Life & Politics)

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Radiohead – “Kid A” (2000)

October 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

An Oct. 3, 2000 PopMatters review by Devon Powers of one of the defining albums of the 21st century, thus far…

To live through October 2000, when music’s critical landscape has eaten, slept, and breathed Radiohead. To watch the drama unfold: It Band, shaken by Internet leaks, spiced with non-promotions, broiled by resounding yays and everlasting nays, served up with small helpings of secretive concerts—it’s more a recipe for As the World Turns than a nurturing environment for a good band to plainly release a new record.

Thus, Kid A is impossible to hear it without negotiating this knotting tensions of expectation, anticipation, and judgment. An album with such hype can hardly not garner extreme reactions — love or hate, friend or foe, staunch defense or biting criticism, sides blaming each other for blind faith or myopic misunderstanding. But in what can now be effectively called “The Kid A event,” what seems to be missing is the act of listening Read the rest of this entry »

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Elvis Presley – “The Complete Elvis Presley Masters” (2010)

October 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm (Elvis Presley, Music, Reviews & Articles)

A new review by j. poet on Crawdaddy!, Oct. 19th, of this massive, ultimate, limited-edition 30-CD box set of everything Elvis ever recorded, good bad and indifferent!

Back in 1959 RCA released For LP Fans Only, which included some of Elvis Presley’s Sun Records outtakes along with a few RCA singles that had never been put on an album before. For LP Fans Only set the standard for RCA’s Presley reissue program. They slapped together old tracks, outtakes, and B-sides, gave them what they hoped were catchy titles, and released them. They put together hundreds of haphazard compilations and collections over the years, most with no liner notes, session information, or recording dates. Almost anything with the Presley name on it sold, so the albums kept coming. Even after his death in 1977, they Read the rest of this entry »

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The Script – “I’m Yours” (Video – 2008)

October 26, 2010 at 8:01 am (Music)

Dedicated to someone special…

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (Oct. 23, 2010)

October 25, 2010 at 8:24 am (Life & Politics)

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Ari Up, of the Punk Band the Slits, Dies at 48

October 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

From Rolling Stone (Oct. 21st), Daniel Kreps. Punk icon Ari Up of groundbreaking post-punk band, The Slits, has sadly passed away….RIP…

Icon of the female punk scene passes away after a ‘serious illness.’ 

Ari Up (born Arianna Forster), lead singer of the Slits, passed away yesterday following “a serious illness,” her stepfather John Lydon announced online. She was only 48. One of the most revered female punk bands to emerge in the late Seventies, the Slits had slots opening for the Clash – Joe Strummer taught Ari Up how to play guitar – and Buzzcocks even before releasing their debut album Cut in 1979. The band released their second disc, The Return of the Giant Slits, in 1981, Read the rest of this entry »

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Frank Zappa – “Edgard Varèse: The Idol of My Youth” (1971)

October 20, 2010 at 7:41 am (Frank Zappa, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from the June 1971 issue of Stereo Review, Zappa’s recounting of first discovering the music of this brilliant composer…

I have been asked to write about Edgard Varèse. I am in no way qualified to. I can’t even pronounce his name right. The only reason I have agreed to is because I love his music very much, and if by some chance this article can influence more people to hear his works, it will have been worthwhile.

I was about thirteen when I read an article in Look about Sam Goody’s Record Store in New York. My memory is not too clear on the details, Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (Oct. 16, 2010)

October 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm (Life & Politics)

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Paul Westerberg – “Alex Chilton: Beyond the Box Tops” (2010)

October 16, 2010 at 8:31 am (Music, Paul Westerberg, Reviews & Articles)

I just found this brief, but moving article that Paul wrote about Alex Chilton’s untimely death. It comes from an op-ed piece in The New York Times, March 20th of this year…

 

How does one react to the death of one’s mentor? My mind instantly slammed down the inner trouble-door that guards against all thought, emotion, sadness. Survival mode. Rock guitar players are all dead men walking. It’s only a matter of time, I tell myself as I finger my calluses. Those who fail to click with the world and society at large find safe haven in music — to sing, write songs, create, perform. Each an active art in itself that offers no promise of success, let alone happiness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hank Williams – “Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus!” (2010)

October 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Chet Flippo’s review/article on the brand new amazing box set put out by Time/Life of Hank’s complete Mother’s Best radio show recordings. Taken from the CMT website, Sept. 23, 2010… 

 

Hank Williams’ Historic Mother’s BestBoxed Set 

Release of long-lost radio transcriptions more than doubles his catalog of recordings. 

If I could send any recorded music collection into distant outer space to forever preserve and represent the true nature of American popular music, I think I would choose this extensive Hank Williams set of his little 15-minute radio shows from the 1950s. They contain a breathtaking display of the width and breadth of American music and culture from the first half of the 20th century and even earlier. The songs Hank sang transcend country.
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