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Have You Heard That New…

Now Hear This!   Special Issue- 1 “Anyone can make a song, but not everyone can make music…”  (Me) Between full-blown issues is this special issue, where I review the debut album from Cardi B, a mini-epic from The Weeknd, and another debut, from Alina Baraz… let’s go! R E V I E W S Cardi […]

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Killing Me Softly…… The end of the music buying experience as we knew it

Now Hear This!    Issue #8, Mar/Apr 2018 Every Tuesday after work, I’d make the pilgrimage down Fullerton Avenue to Clark Street, make that right turn, and try to find a parking spot near Belden Avenue, so I could check out the new releases at Tower Records.  The store was probably more than 100,000 square […]

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The Best Music of 2017 (to me)

Issue #7, January 2018 “What you won’t and what you will / Working for your dollar bill Sad to see the old slave mill / Is grinding slow, but grinding still Walking home, a youth gets killed / Police free to shoot at will Sad to see the old slave mill / Is grinding slow, […]

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NHT #6

In this edition: Reviews of new music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Chris Stapleton, Mista Savona, Morrissey, Syleena Johnson, Maroon 5, Junior Natural, U2,  Seal   No one wants to hear your opinion… unless they agree with it.  Such is the world in which we live. Increasingly, music artists are wearing their thoughts […]

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Now Hear This!

Issue # 5  November 2017   In this issue: Reviews of Gregory Porter, Thomas Rhett, Lizz Wright, Robert Plant, Ledisi, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Kamasi Washington, Darius Rucker, ODESZA, Fantasia, Ella Fitzgerald I Want My Daddy’s Records!   The last Quarter of the year usually ushers in a flurry of new releases, and this year […]

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The Baker’s Dozen

Issue #4  September 2017   It’s been a while since my last issue of reviews (five months to be exact), but a lot has happened during that period: first off, I landed myself in the hospital over the Easter weekend, suffering a pulmonary embolism, and scaring my family, especially my eight months pregnant wife, to […]

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It’s An ELLA-bration!

Issue #3  August 2017 In this issue: The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial celebration Reviews:  Regina Carter, new Ella reissues   Beginning on April 25th, 2017, the jazz world embarked on a year-long celebration of the Centennial birth of the greatest jazz singer (living or dead) of ALL time, Ella Fitzgerald;  around the country, events have been […]

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Now Hear This!

Issue # 2, March 2017 In This Issue: Post Grammy thoughts Reviews: Thievery Corporation, Valerie June, Rhiannon Giddens, Depeche Mode, Charlie Wilson, Tosca, Ed Sheeran, Jose James T2P (Tardy to the Party)

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The Best of 2016 (to MY ears)

Last year, I decided to resurrect this music column from an old work newsletter I used to help produce in the 90’s, and I posted a series of columns of my favorite releases of the year to Facebook. This years’ list finds me continuing to discover little in the way of current music releases to […]