• Channeling Rimsky-Korsakov On The Simpsons

    by  • September 30, 2014

    The other night, I happened to be listening to Pan Voyevoda by Rimsky-Korsakov when, to my surprise, out popped the Simpsons theme song. Not literally, but the theme R-K used to open his suite is the same, almost note for note, as the theme to the Simpsons.  It’s slower, to be sure, and unsyncopated, but to my ear it has a remarkable similarity. They sound like they’re even in the same key.  Could it be?

    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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    Dent May – Best Friend

    by  • October 25, 2012

    It’s a little hard to believe that all this gorgeous 60s style vocalizing is coming from one guy, but it is, and that guy is Dent May.  May got his start in Mississippi where he started writing songs at the age of 12, according to his label.  He later attended NYU Film School, but...

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    Sweet Life by Frank Ocean

    by  • September 14, 2012

    Not that many records have impressed me  this year, but there’s something about Sweet Life by Frank Ocean that stuck with me even though lyrically, it’s completely alien to my life.  Somewhere between rap and R&B, Sweet Life takes you to a land of milk and honey somewhere in Beverly Hills where happy young people...

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    Spiral by Wye Oak

    by  • August 14, 2012

    I’ve been intrigued by Wye Oak for a few years, partly because they’re called Wye Oak (the ancient oak tree in Maryland that died a few years back) and partly because they’re from my old home town of Baltimore.  “Civilian” was one of my favorite tracks of 2011 and now they’re back with “Spiral,”...

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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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