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July 2010

Parsing Post-Irony with Flo Rida and the Insane Clown Posse

Flo Rida's "Be on You" is not just another rapper’s homage to 'Scarface', but a musical tribute to a character who describes his dog/life coach as “a miniature Buddha, covered in hair".


June 2010

Paul McCartney - “Junk” and “Singalong Junk”

As we previously discussed, Paul McCartney’s first solo album was heavily criticized, perhaps most of all by his former Beatles bandmates. This is somewhat


Radiohead as Suburban Avant Garde

Mathematically speaking, say, in a graph where the X-Coordinate represents measures of Weirdness against a Y of Popular Success (and the “Nirvana Diagonal” representing a slope of 1), Radiohead falls somewhere deep in and high up in the rarefied air of universal acceptance and indomitable singularity of vision with people like David Bowie and Lou Reed.


Paul McCartney - “Hot As Sun/Glasses”

In my opinion, “Hot As Sun/Glasses” is one of Paul McCartney’s best instrumental tracks. However, it is actually several different compositions put together


‘The Magic Garden’ Revisited: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. on Jimmy Webb

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. salute the genius behind 'The Magic Garden' and explain why YOU should hear "Requiem: 820 Latham".


Marcus Miller: Getting Funky with “My Best Friend’s Girlfriend”

If you like your '80s R&B uptempo, punchy, and funky, Marcus Miller's underappreciated jam "My Best Friend's Girlfriend" is worth a listen.


The New Pornographers Bring the Dodos and the Duchess and the Duke to Terminal 5

The Manhattan leg of tour brings most of the New Pornographers' new CD Together to life


The Howling or, 100 Years of the Big Bad Wolf

Howlin' Wolf remains an artist who cannot be imitated and whose unmistakable growl can probably never be adequately explained or understood.


The Magic Numbers Expand Studio Sound Yet Stick to Themes of Love for ‘The Runaway’

Strings, horns and electronic sounds find a way into the love fest that is the Magic Number's new CD, The Runaway.


Paul McCartney - “Every Night”

“Every Night” is one of Paul McCartney’s greatest solo accomplishments. For the life of me, I don’t understand why it (or any songs


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