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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: May 26, 2009

Marilyn Manson’s new record is gonna get you.

Few people are passive in their response to Marilyn Manson; most love him or hate him.

His latest effort, The High End of Low starts out slow with the etherial “Devour”, but as soon as the second track, “Pretty as a ($)” rolls, the tempo cranks up to the maximum, with a wall of sound dynamic that is not unlike your favorite Nine Inch Nails tunes. Read More


posted: January 24, 2012

Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral

Beggars Banquet LP and CD
Mark Lanegan

“If tears were liquor/I would’ve drunk myself to death,” confesses a troubled Mark Lanegan on the allegorical “St. Louis Elegy,” a haunting organ-laced ballad that stands in as the second cousin to the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and reinforces the afflicted moods coursing through Blues Funeral. Read More


posted: September 9, 2010

Mavis Stapes

Mavis Staples doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. Her heritage, experience, and sound make for one of the most interesting stories in music—a tale that’s still waiting to be told in a well-written biography—and her conviction for her subject matter is as pure as cane sugar. Staples believes and inhabits every word she sings. Read More


posted: July 9, 2009

Michael Jackson Stripped

With eBay, Amazon and others hawking every piece of Michael Jackson stuff they can tote out, here’s one to consider that’s a good value:  His first posthumous disc, The Stripped Mixes, features 11 songs that are partially credit to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, though they are all from his early catalogue. Read More


posted: January 20, 2011

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue Box

Music lover and audiophile alike, I’ll bet you have more than one copy of this record, but here’s a few reasons for buying THIS version.

First, it’s pressed on blue vinyl, which is coolio in its own right.  Also included is a two CD set that includes the album in its entirety along with some previously unauthorized tunes and a DVD featuring a documentary about the making of this jazz classic. Read More


posted: February 25, 2009

Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles

Though I was well out of college by the time Motley Crue and their hair band brethren hit the hard rock scene, I wasn’t too old to enjoy a heavy band that played terribly loud and sang songs that centered around getting laid.

The Crue were always fairly proficient metal heads, but they are starting to show their age. Read More


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