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Forward Progress: Suddenly, Tammy!, "Hard Lesson" (1995)

If you think “Hard Lesson” is a great album opener because it gets you charged up in a forward-moving way, if you’re amazed at how it pulls together all the lanes and overpasses when you play it on the freeway, then let’s talk: 382 more words

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Half Steps: Jack Bruce, "The Consul At Sunset" (1971)

There’s good reason for differentiating sharply between “whole” and “half” steps in a musical scale: only whole steps feel like definite steps. Half steps feel iffy at best.[1]  The pentatonic scale, popular around the world, can be defined as the scale that wants nothing to do with half steps. 655 more words

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Perfect Flailing: Sebadoh, "Hillbilly II" (1996)

Simon Smith, June 2015

Something paradoxical and tragic happened once we picked up guitars and started discharging our energy upon the world. We began in freedom and ended in chains. 447 more words

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Getting Under My Skin: John Hiatt, "Something Happens" (1982)

John Hiatt’s All of a Sudden (1982) is a very good lost album that from our perspective doesn’t sound like the future of John Hiatt or of anything. 160 more words

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And Now, a Hook from Our Sponsor

Awaiting takeoff on a recent flight I had no choice but to watch the little screen in front of me once it turned on. It was a United Airlines promo with snippets of… 443 more words

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The Boy Hook: The Zombies, "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)" (1968)

July 28 is my birthday and also the day when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, now counted as the official start of World War I. (Let’s go back and ask Austria-Hungary: “Would you like to start World War I?”)[1] Today is the 100th anniversary of the larger event and the 61st anniversary of the smaller one. 209 more words

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Improvised, continued: Derek Bailey, "Moment" (2000)


Is Roy Lichtenstein a great comic strip artist? No, he’s a great avant-garde artist who uses comic strip style. This is confusing. But you need to understand this to understand why Lichtenstein is in the Museum of Modern Art. 468 more words

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