Category Archives: Music

XTC – Are You Receiving Me (1978)

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The Darkness – Pinewood Smile (2017)

Pinewood Smile, the new album by The Darkness is a near masterpiece and a career high for the band. (The Darkness has posted the entire album on YouTube for free listening. If you dig it, buy the album!) This review … Continue reading

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Roger McGuinn – Lost My Driving Wheel (1973)

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RIP: Tom Petty

He has apparently died at the age of 66, having been removed from life support after a cardiac arrest left him brain-dead. He was one of the best rock songwriters of the past 50 years, and among the last of … Continue reading

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A440

Here’s an interesting piece on how and why A440 is the standard tuning for Western music: The sound of an orchestra tuning is instantly recognizable. As soon as you hear it, you know exactly what’s about to happen. But there … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry – Dear Dad (1965)

Here’s Chuck at his swingin’ best, with lyrics that are pure American poetry.

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RIP: Grant Hart

Grant Hart, who with Bob Mould co-founded the great post-punk band Hüsker Dü, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. Mould has penned an homage here. While I greatly preferred Mould’s songs, below are … Continue reading

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Uriah Heep – Suicidal Man (1974)

It’s easy to see how Iron Maiden was influenced by these guys.

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Los Brincos – El Pasaporte (1967)

These guys were the Beatles of Spain in the late ‘60s. I can’t get this tune of theirs out of my head.

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Spirit – Colossus (1976)

From Spirit’s album Farther Along (1976), with vocals by Randy California, a man whose short life appears to have been lived fully.

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