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Random Notes: Bringing the Dirty Back

I figured Bruno Mars had the goods ever since I saw him performing Barrett Strong’s “Money” on video a couple of years ago. But his earlier records, even the best of them, didn’t prepare me for how intense and beautifully … Continue reading

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Pineapples and Swimming Pools
Hot 100 Roundup—8/18/12

50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys—“New Day” #79 Another uplifting chorus from Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind” it ain’t), a familiar-sounding snare drum beat from her hubby, and 50 Cent at his most mush-mouthed, lying to us: … Continue reading

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Dick Clark, RIP

Love him or hate him, he was a force, and though his last years, especially after his stroke, turned him into something of a joke, he did more to make rock and roll the center of popular culture than anyone … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/23/11

Thompson Square—”I Got You” #108 Another sign that the most powerful outside influence on country is no longer the Eagles, or even Fleetwood Mac, but Tom Petty. The Hammond organ is the giveaway, along with the occasional elegiac sustained chord … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/9/11

Blaire LeVoir—”Digital Kiss” #106 The idea for the intro is stolen from Prince (not from a song, but from a segue between songs), the sound from David Guetta or RedOne or some other garish electro producer, and the theme of … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/11/11

Scotty McCreery—”I Love You This Big” #11 Lauren Alaina—”Like My Mother Does” #20 At first listen it seems as if the latest American Idol survivors have been granted better material than previous winners. But even though these songs are more … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/21/10

Glee Cast “Teenage Dream”, #8 “Start Me Up/Living On a Prayer”, #31 “Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind”, #38 “One Love (People Get Ready)”, #41 The Black Eyed Peas—“The Time (Dirty Bit)” #12 Since I didn’t listen to … Continue reading

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Rock and roll—it’s an old man’s game

My favorite Grammy category, as far as this year’s nominees go, is Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’—Bob Dylan Change In The Weather—John Fogerty Dreamer—Prince Working On A Dream—Bruce Springsteen Fork In The Road—Neil Young Apparently no … Continue reading

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