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Sometimes, It’s NOT Music to My Ears

A colleague once asked me about the methods I use in determining what to review for this blog; I told them it’s very much the same way I’ve amassed a huge collection of music- just by listening to a lot of different stuff. A better question may be how I’ve ended up listening to some […]

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Pick Up the Needle, Move It Back, and Play It Again

My dad would’ve turned 90 years old this past week, and one of my fondest memories of him is how he helped shape my love for music. As a child, he showed me how to play records… how to stack 45’s on the spindle so they could drop down to be played… how to play […]

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Critiquing Music is a Labor of Love

I’ve been writing about music, off and on, for somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 years, all out of love, and the desire to be another Nelson George. As this post is being published during the week of Labor Day, I remind myself again of why I continue to do it without any recognition or […]

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Lost In Music, Feel So Alive, I Quit My 9 to 5 (not really)

After finding it to be a bit of a struggle to find anything to write about in the last post, I was the recipient of a minor deluge of interesting new music. For this post, I review the new Chance the Rapper album, as well as new music from Nigeria’s Burna Boy, a mixtape from […]

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The Best Music of 2019 (so far, in my humble opinion)…

We’re halfway through the last year of the the 10’s, and I’m back from a short break that saw me celebrate my birthday, and take my first ever trip outside the country, visiting Mexico for a destination wedding. It appears I didn’t miss that much in the way of new music, but I do have […]

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Groove Is In the Heart

Several legends are in the house for this post; this time around, I’m reviewing the newest album from Mavis Staples, the latest from Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, a new album from Santana, and a new set from Country/Pop star Thomas Rhett. RANDOM NOTES The news from Apple that they were killing iTunes didn’t initially sit […]

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The (Mostly) Reggae Issue

The influence of a music genre originating from a small island in the Caribbean on today’s Pop music is the subject this time around. Along with that, I’m taking a look at new releases from three Reggae artists: the new album from Reggae legends Steel Pulse, a new joint from Shaggy, and the second solo […]

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Spotify Thinks It Knows What I Like

This is the second half of that music bounty I discovered four weeks ago. In this post are reviews of the new album from singer/rapper Lizzo, the second album from EDM artist Satin Jackets, the latest from NuJazz artist Melodiesinfonie, and the new project from Rhiannon Giddens. RANDOM NOTES Those of you who were early […]

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Must Be the Music That’s Turnin’ Me On

Now Hear This #19 The past two week period started off really slow, and I was struggling to find enough interesting new music to be able to review. Then, as it got closer to the end of the two week window, I came across enough new music to complete this and the next post. In […]

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Just Listen – You Might Like What You Hear…

Now Hear This #18 This time around, I’m reviewing a bunch of young’uns (using my Country grammar)… got the debut album from Billie Eilish, the second album from Khalid, as well as new music from this post’s left-field picks, Durand Jones & the Indications and Jai Wolf. I’m on a roll now, this will be […]