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Destroying Something Beautiful: The Autopsy of a Punk Cover Song–An Interview with Nick “Animal” Culmer of The Anti-Nowhere League

Off and on since 1982 I have thought about the role of rock and roll/punk covers of songs and how they can change the form and/or meaning of the song.  One of my favorite cover songs of all time is … Continue reading

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YOU GOTTA ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE IN THIS TOWER OF SONG-SO DON’T LET IT GET YOU DOWN

It’s kind of like déjà vu all over again to look at the opening paragraph from my last year’s review and see the following:        Reflecting on a year (let next year not be yet another one) marked by terrorism … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON, OR NOT AT ALL

There is a reason why events unnerve anyone.  At SXSW everyone can find a different story.    And that story plays out differently with every choice you make.   Imagine: when you choose to eat at one restaurant you are turning down … Continue reading

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EXHUMING MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES TO BURY OUR 2015

Reflecting on a year marked by terrorism and racial tension, it is sometimes hard to divert focus from the dark side of the force and concentrate on the things that have made this a very good year. A family gathering. … Continue reading

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IN A BATTLE OF TITANS, ART BEATS COMMERCE IN A SHOOTOUT @ SXSW 2015

“To Hell With Poverty,” the Gang of Four tells us, “we’ll get drunk on cheap wine.” In 1981, when the song was first recorded, the literal context was king in that Margaret Thatcher had been Prime Minister for 2 years … Continue reading

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OLD, NEW, CLOSE AND FAR AWAY—MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES OF 2014

Last year there were many memorable/euphoric experiences, some that came when I least expected it. Like when walking out of an art party in Hong Kong where I was drinking beet and pomegranate juice mixed with vodka and served in … Continue reading

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FEAR OF MEN-THE BEST OF THE OPENING ACTS OF 2014 SO FAR

Who cares about opening acts at concerts? What is their purpose anyway? Is it to set the stage for the headliner? Make sure the audience buys sufficient drinks so the bar can make some dough or allow enough time for … Continue reading

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