Maurice White, 1941-2016

January was a cruel month for pop music fans, as we lost Natalie Cole, David Bowie and Glenn Frey. February isn’t starting out well either. Soon my blog will just be a series of eulogies for fallen rock idols. Maurice White, one of the lead singers and producers of the 70s R&B group Earth, Wind …

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BREAKING: Old Music is Better than New Music

New music is dead. Long live new mus – ah, who the hell am I kidding? For the first time in recent memory, catalogued music – which the music industry defines as anything over 18 months old – outsold current releases during 2015. Leading the way for the old music brigade were the physical formats …

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On the Passing of Glenn Frey

January has been a cruel month for pop music – first Natalie Cole, then David Bowie, and now we learn that Glenn Frey of the Eagles has passed away at 67. At this rate, I want winter to be over with before Death takes any more of our stars. I’ve never been a big fan …

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David Bowie: 1947-2016

David Bowie is dead. Seeing those words still doesn’t make it real for me. David Bowie seemed ageless, timeless, always changing with the times and even making up his own time. Even at 69, he seemed 40. Perhaps that’s because that’s when I discovered him. He was 36 when he released “Let’s Dance,” perhaps his poppiest …

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Pat Benatar is 63. Yes, 63.

Courtesy of my friend Joel, I learned today that Pat Benatar is turning 63. WTF? It seems like just yesterday that she was leading an overchoreographed rendition of “Love is a Battlefield.” The female rocker, who came on the scene right as the 80s was about to shove New Wave and Hair Bands down our …

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Album of the Year: Oddities and Entities, Andy Reed

When I got my copy of Andy Reed’s latest EP, Relay Vol. 1, a few weeks ago, he was kind enough to include a copy of his rarities release from 2014, Oddities and Entities. Unfortunately, I didn’t know of Reed’s talents last summer and missed this collection. Hesitant to hear a mishmash of “oddities” – compilations always …

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