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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 […]

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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 […]