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Drunken Prayer - Heigh-Ho Nobody Home

Drunken Prayer – Heigh-Ho Nobody Home

My original forays into freak folk started with Hazel Adkins, who defies genre assignment but personifies the spirit of this strangest of musical styles and really put me on a path of weirdness. Charles Manson’s famous demos ended up on mix tapes and further piqued my curiosity. Charlie’s a wicked man, make no mistake. But there’s something very tender about his demos and “Look at Your Game Girl”…

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Aug
25th
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The Growlers - Good Advice

The Growlers – Good Advice

Some friends in the know have been trying to turn me onto The Growlers for a while. And really, why have I not been listening? I trust my friends, especially when it comes to music recommendations. Well, I finally got around to it and because I consider you, our readers, friends I implore you to not repeat my mistakes.

This is our music. It’s a bit druggy, a bit psych, a lot cool.

Listen now. Get…

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Aug
21st
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Spend 9 minutes tripping out with the War On Drugs

Spend 9 minutes tripping out with the War On Drugs

Video: The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure”

My pal Jeff busts my chops because I like short songs. Pop songs. I don’t like extraneous filler. Get in and get out.

But I also like Funkadelic. Sometimes a song needs to stretch out to get its point across. I wouldn’t cut a minute out of “Sister Ray,” for example. Same with “Like a…

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Aug
20th
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Overall Album Sales Watch: New Low of 4.05 Million

Overall Album Sales Watch: New Low of 4.05 Million

Bill boredI usually keep an eye on Billboard‘s Chart Beat, but I must have missed it a few weeks ago because the week ending July 13 set a new record for the fewest overall album sales with just 4.05 million. Things are rough for the album:

Weekly album sales volume has been below 5 million for the past 12 consecutive weeks. The 5 million mark has only been surpassed in five weeks this year. To compare, a…

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Aug
18th
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nprfreshair:

Soul music is often defined as the moment when gospel and blues met and formed a new sound. Ray Charles is often given credit for this, but there were others, most notably the “5” Royales, who had immense success as a live act, but never sold as many records as such a pioneering group should have. With the release of the 131-track collection Soul & Swagger, the Complete “5” Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they’ve deserved, and long-time fan Ed Ward has the story today.

nprfreshair:

Soul music is often defined as the moment when gospel and blues met and formed a new sound. Ray Charles is often given credit for this, but there were others, most notably the “5” Royales, who had immense success as a live act, but never sold as many records as such a pioneering group should have. With the release of the 131-track collection Soul & Swagger, the Complete “5” Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they’ve deserved, and long-time fan Ed Ward has the story today.

Aug
12th
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More Lollapalooza 2014 Photos

GLONO: More Lollapalooza 2014 Photos

We finally sorted through our Lolla pics (taken by the unsinkable Jolie Brown) and just uploaded a bunch of them to Flickr. In case you missed it, here’s our Lolla 2014 wrap up. Enjoy the photos.

Iggy Azalea (Flickr album)

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Outkast (Flickr album)

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Aug
7th
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Lollapalooza 2005 Map and Schedule

Check out the original Lollapalooza 2005 map and schedule:

While I was researching my Lolla 2014 piece I was surprised and disappointed that I could not find the original 2005 Lollapalooza map. I stumbled across Jim DeRogatis’ 2006 news item about the fest’s expansion for its second year, which reminded me that in 2005 everything had been crammed south of Buckingham Fountain. I had completely forgotten that.

So I dug through my personal archives and…

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Aug
6th
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Lollapalooza 2014: Drives You Crazy Getting Old

Lollapalooza 2014: Drives You Crazy Getting Old

Ten years. Ten Lollas in Grant Park. I had a cutting edge mobile phone in 2005 — the Motorola RAZR — but I didn’t know how to text properly. There were no iPhones, no Twitter, YouTube hadn’t officially launched yet, and Facebook was still exclusive to college students.

Lollapalooza 2005seems quaint in retrospect. It was only two days long, there were less than 60 bands, the whole thing took…

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Jun
14th
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JONATHAN RICHMAN: IN LOVE WITH THE MODERN WORLD
You should head over to Vice now to read original Modern Lovers’ bassist Ernie Brooks’ remembrance (as told to Legs McNeil) of the band’s rise and fall. Lots of good details and anecdotes! I really feel like there should be a comprehensive Modern Lovers box set that pulls together all the various sessions and live material. I’d buy it. Until then, you can check out some rarities here and a totally excellent live recording here. Radio on!  

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

JONATHAN RICHMAN: IN LOVE WITH THE MODERN WORLD

You should head over to Vice now to read original Modern Lovers’ bassist Ernie Brooks’ remembrance (as told to Legs McNeil) of the band’s rise and fall. Lots of good details and anecdotes! I really feel like there should be a comprehensive Modern Lovers box set that pulls together all the various sessions and live material. I’d buy it. Until then, you can check out some rarities here and a totally excellent live recording here. Radio on!  

Jun
9th
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The Peoples Poet is Dead: Rik Mayall Dead at 56

There were sweaty summer days in the late 80s where we’d sit around the house watching TV and chugging Mello Yello.