Category Archives: Music

RIP: Geoff Emerick

As a sonically creative and imaginative studio engineer (who helped create the vintage Abbey Road psychedelic sound), it is hard to overestimate the role of Geoff Emerick, who recently passed at the age of 72. After George Martin, Emerick was … Continue reading

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Eddie Addenberry – Captain Jones (1972)

Here is a really terrific baroque pop song from the excellent compilation Tea and Symphony: The English Baroque Sound (1967-1974), which you can hear in full here.

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Accept – Up To The Limit (1985)

Udo’s pipes on the chorus are… wow. As one YouTube commentator writes: “It’s saturday, it’s 6:25 AM, I have to go to work and put this song [on] and I FEEL F*CKING ALIVE AND FULL OF ENERGY. LONG LIVE ACCEPT.” … Continue reading

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Judy Garland – Everybody Sing (1938)

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Would-Be-Goods – The Hanging Gardens of Reigate (1988)

I heard this wonderful song in a bookstore in Raleigh NC recently. Late ’80s, British, indie pop, with a quintessential British aesthetic… like if Ray Davies had a twin sister.

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Frank Allen: “The Other JQ: The Jazz Question”

At Counter-Currents, Frank Allen has a very good essay on “The Other JQ: The Jazz Question”. As a big jazz fan myself (especially the harder East Coast style), I found this to be a very good orientation of the contours … Continue reading

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NYT’s Q&A w/Billy Joel

Virtually every NYT culture story injects Trumphitler into the mix. They just can’t help themselves (“Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head”). After sustained Q&A about his musical past and present, the reporter (Rob Tannenbaum) throws out … Continue reading

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Judas Priest – Victim of Changes (1983; live)

In 1983, this is how you did it. Fantastic rendition, with the band firing on all cylinders.

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The Unband – Geez Louise (2000)

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Racist Beatles Songs

Was “Hey Jude” written about the Jews, specifically the Jewish sense of self and history? (“Jude” means “Jew” in German.) And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders For well you know … Continue reading

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