Category Archives: music

Link Dump, 5-22-16: Emerson/Tufnel, the death of facts

If I shared everything I read, I would have such a high volume of social media output that no one would follow me any more. So, on occasion, I’m going to do what I’m calling “Link Dump.” It’s a potpourri … Continue reading

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Jim Sherman, rock and roll teacher: 1947-2016

We just stayed and jammed. I’m not even sure why Mr. Carter, a social studies teacher, was in the music trailer behind the gym. But he and I and Mr. Sherman, the merry ringleader of the eclectic “music” offerings in … Continue reading

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Revisiting the messiest Yes album — Union!

I’m not much of a podcast listener. Perhaps it’s because I spend little time commuting, or perhaps I rarely find a podcast I prefer to turning up my favorite music. But one I can enthusiastically recommend is the aptly named … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone and Rush mythbusting

On its 40th anniversary tour, Rush has officially broken down the last of the rock establishment’s resistance. They’re on the cover of Rolling Stone. Even better, the article is terrific. It doesn’t just rehash the band’s history. It captures them as a … Continue reading

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Rush: Retire? Residency?

What do you do with a band full of guys in their 60s who keep getting better? I saw Rush for the sixth time (I think — I may have lost count) last night, and it was the best Rush show … Continue reading

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Before and after Spinal Tap — Bad News

I always enjoyed the short mockumentary Bad News Tour, which was actually released shortly before This Is Spinal Tap. It was a Comic Strip production featuring a lot of the regulars — three of the four Young Ones, plus Jennifer … Continue reading

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Paul Jeffrey, Duke jazzman

I was in over my head. I knew it, and so did the man sitting across the desk from me. He was a legitimate jazz man who ran in the same circles as Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. I was … Continue reading

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