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I first went to Jean Francois Vallée’s tiny Greenwich Village apartment in New York City when I was seventeen. It was a six minute walk from Cafe Wha? and The Bitter End, two legendary venues I’d heard…

30 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
Loose Connections by Lo Carmen
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Luscious Jackson

Photo: Entertainmentrealm.com Good morning! Today we’re dropping the needle on Luscious Jackson’s “Nervous Breakthrough.” My first job out of high school was working in a record store. We all thought of…

21 Jan 2022 • 1 min read
Epistemic by Kevin Alexander by Kevin
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Is Old Music Killing New Music?

I had a hunch that old songs were taking over music streaming platforms—but even I was shocked when I saw the most recent numbers. According to MRC Data, old songs now represent 70% of the US music market…

19 Jan 2022 • 11 min read
The Honest Broker by Ted Gioia
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Before the Flood II: Electric Boogaloo

Flagging Down the Double E’s is an email newsletter exploring Bob Dylan shows of yesteryear. Some installments are free, some are for paid subscribers only. Sign up for either option here: Subscribe now…

14 Jan 2022 • 3 min read
Flagging Down the Double E's by Ray Padgett
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“Before the Next Teardrop Falls” by FREDDY FENDER

You try to be strong but the pain keeps holdin' on The session took just a few minutes, and Freddy Fender was glad when it was over. He never liked country music, and it was only after a number of other…

13 Jan 2022 • 4 min read
The Best Song Ever (This Week) by Scott Frampton
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The Melting 38

I studied the Almanac until I dropped off to sleep. I had been searching for the optimum time and date, the coldest night and the newest moon; a black sky with nothing to guide me but an inner sense. I…

11 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
Patti Smith by Patti Smith
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🔥Fire Crackling

This is the most perfect background sound to focus and get things done: New Year, New You? What are some of the things you’d like to do this year? I’m not talking about resolutions or S.M.A.R.T goals.…

10 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
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‘The Unquiet Grave’

Somewhat to my surprise, given my not infrequent turns to melancholy, the song selections in Slayed by Voices are pretty upbeat. Even a song that depicts a marriage that failed to launch, “Band of Gold…

10 Jan 2022 • 5 min read
Slayed by Voices, by Jon Weisman by Jon Weisman
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The New Cue #109 January 10: Tears For Fears

Happy Monday! Today we’ve got Curt Smith from Tears For Fears to get your week rolling. It’s a lovely chat, and Curt also sent us a nice picture of him and his dog. You can go and read it in just a jiffy…

10 Jan 2022 • 11 min read
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