• What’s Old Is New And Other Musings

    by  • February 16, 2014

    A while back I heard that Kim’s in NYC was closing.  It felt like another sad sign of the times, as music in a format you can touch and own went the way of all things digitizable.  Fortunately, it wasn’t completely true.  Kim’s Music didn’t disappear but its main location did close, leaving only...

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    2013 Sucked For New Music

    by  • January 17, 2014

    2013 was my worst year for new music since 2002.  I couldn’t even make a year end best of list because I couldn’t fine ONE song that stood out from the dreck I’d managed to collect in the last twelve months.  Everything sounded like car commercials — shiny, happy songs for people to purchase...

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    The Blood Oranges

    by  • November 20, 2013

    Since The Blood Oranges seem to have vanished without a trace, it seems as good a time as any to mention that they were one of the great punk-bluegrass bands of the early ’90s.  Now that I type that, I can see why they may have had trouble finding their niche, or maybe it...

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    Why I Hate Cloud Music

    by  • November 20, 2013

    Lili Boulanger

    I remember a year or two ago hearing a Sony exec announce that the mp3 format was dead.  “Music will all be in the cloud,” he said.  At the time I thought he was overstating but he was right and quickly too.  Today, most artists are releasing their stuff via Sound Cloud or other...

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    Deacon Blues

    by  • June 25, 2013

    Sitting on my back porch, head still addled from this late season flu, I listen as the last chords of “Deacon Blues” fade away and permit myself a sardonic smile. “They got a name for the winners — I want a name when I lose…” I am listening to Aja, Steely Dan’s mid 70s...

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    Future Bible Heroes and Gothic Archies Artifacts

    by  • May 3, 2013

    I grew up in the heyday of the long playing record, spent my babysitting years buying albums, made mix tapes like everybody else in the 80s, segued into CDs in the 90s, and then sometime in the 2000s, there stopped being records.  By records, I mean physical copies of music with packaging, cover art,...

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    I Know This World Is Killing You

    by  • February 25, 2013

    One of my favorite web sites seems to have died or maybe it’s just in a coma.  BetterPropaganda.com hasn’t had any new content since December 2012. BP used to be my go-to source for interesting new music.  It was all free and legal, released by the artist or the label.  And it had great...

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    Superfast Jellyfish Are Running Out

    by  • July 6, 2010

    First, there were superfast zombies, now it’s jellyfish.  What next?  I do love this tune, which combines great poppy hiphop with great poppy pop, dedicated to the “water breathers.”  It’s great summer music, although maybe not for beach-goers.  Thank you, Flux Blog. Gorillaz: Superfast Jellyfish Speaking of FluxBlog, they had another recent favorite of...

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