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The Pause Button

The Pause Button

In which Michael Tatum hits "The Pause Button" and takes a break from writing about pop music. 

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Nineteen

Sunday Morning Coming Down #Nineteen

Eight arms to hold you, Sinéad O'Connor says who's the boss, wake the town and tell the people about Jamaica's love of Air Supply, and Dollywood is way more than a wee bit gay - all in this week's wrap up of must-read links.

Apache Dropout - Heavy Window

Apache Dropout - Heavy Window

For the first time in his life, Nicky Heisenberg actually does what's purported to be his job, and reps an album you may not have heard yet. 

Ferguson Goddam: 31 Riffs On A Theme

Ferguson Goddam: 31 Riffs On A Theme

We need to talk about Ferguson. More importantly, we need to listen to what others have said about our many Fergusons past and present. James Baldwin, Gil Scott-Heron, Bayard Rustin, KRS-One, Amiri Baraka and Kendrick Lamar lead the discussion.

Chicken

Chicken

More summer fodder from Cam Bell.

The Genius of the Music of Comedy

The Genius of the Music of Comedy

If you’re an acceptable human being, you’ve gifted some portion of your life since Monday to Robin Williams - though he doesn’t need it now, and seems never to have. Whatever. Maybe we need it instead.

- Nicky Heisenberg

A Blast from the Metal Plast

A Blast from the Metal Plast

Cam Bell is on vacation, so he reprises a metal top 10 list created a long time ago in a land far, far away.

The People's Rocker Comes Down To Earth, Finally

The People's Rocker Comes Down To Earth, Finally

Howsoever inoffensive and professionally courteous, the mere existence of Tom Petty has to be - for some - metaphysical bete noire. At sixty-three, he hasn’t got much time left to cut his Dark Side of the Moon, his Music From Big Pink, his Astral Weeks, his Blonde on Blonde, his Statement Album maaaaan. And what kind of self-respecting rock icon (post-Help!, if we’re being fair here) should stake his reputation on blegh! a greatest hits comp? This is America, goddammit! Give us your tired, white, ponderous tomes! Give me Let It Be or give me death! 

Listening Notes, Ultra-Brief     (Pt. 140)

Listening Notes, Ultra-Brief (Pt. 140)

Paul Shapiro's Rhythm & Jews project drops a fourth album for Tzadik, 4/4 masters Spoon hit you clear and sharp, and Aussie boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer annoy the punk purists, in this week's Listening Notes from Jason Gubbels