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Lost Gems Rediscovered : Back In the Groove

Now Hear This #17 This is a post I’ve been waiting to write, as there are two new reissues now out that I’ve been itchin’ to review- the long “lost” Marvin Gaye album, and a reissue of a rare and much sought-after album from Roy Ayers; also, I’ll tackle new music from The Cinematic Orchestra, […]

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Let the Beat Hit ‘Cha… Let the Music Take Control

Now Hear This Issue #16 Yep, back again already… gonna start producing shorter but more frequent posts, mainly to support reviews of new music as soon as it drops. So this time, I’ve got the latest from Solange, the new album from Gesaffelstein, the debut album from Mansionair, and the second album from Juice WRLD. […]

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You’ve Got to Hear These Tunes!

Now Hear This! Issue #15 This time around, I review a quartet of new albums that have come across my desk and piqued my interest: the new Gary Clark Jr. album, a new mixtape from Kehlani, the comeback album from Chaka Khan, and a collaborative project from Rhiannon Giddens called Our Native Daughters about which […]

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The First Musical Fruits of 2019

Now Hear This! Issue #14 The first month of a new year is usually pretty slow for new music releases; however, this year, I’ve already found a number of new projects worth checking out. Over the past year, I tried reviewing music that was considered more mainstream; my history with NHT! (which goes back to […]

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The Best Music of 2018 (to me)

Now Hear This! Issue #13 January 2019 The output of recorded music produced in 2018 continued a downward slide in quality, the likes of which I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed. And now, there is scientific proof that music is less musical than it has ever been. This is due, mainly, to the proliferation of […]

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It’s the Most Musical Time of the Year

Now Hear This !  Issue 12    December 2018 It’s time for my year-end issue, and it is jam-packed with news and reviews you can use!  In all, there are 17 reviews of new music to come across my ears since the last issue in mid-October, and as usual, it spans across my  broad spectrum of […]

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Stories of P & D : Whatever Happened to Innuendo???

Now Hear This!  #11   Sept/Oct 2018   Definition of Innuendo  1a : an oblique allusion : hint, insinuation especially : a veiled or equivocal reflection on character or reputation   b : the use of such allusions resorting to innuendo   2 : a parenthetical explanation introduced into the text of a legal document (Courtesy […]

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Just for the Record: The Politics of the Politics in Music

Now Hear This! #10  July/August 2018 “I wanna go there, still I don’t go there… everybody says ‘say something’…. I don’t wanna get, caught up in the middle of it…” (Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton) In my recent article “The Music & the Madness”, I made a couple of comments that implicitly referenced my thoughts on our […]

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You Heard All the New G.O.O.D. Music?

Now Hear This!   Special Issue #2 “I love myself way more than I love you.”  (Kanye West, 2018) This issue reviews the five projects involving our wayward, musical genius free thinker Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label: his own new album, as well as the projects from Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, KIDS SEE GHOSTS, […]

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The Music & the Madness

Now Hear This!  Issue #9  May/June 2018   “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…”  (Bob Marley, 1979) Got a lot to talk about this time around, so I’ll keep it brief here… let’s get to it… My last full article talked about the dying bricks and mortar music buying […]