Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Racism, Linguistics, History and a Little Band Called “Me Chinese”

Sometimes you just can’t predict what takes over your social media feed. Here my local Greater New York City musician friends were, gearing up for the coming CMJ festival, booking shows and announcing dates, same as every October. But right … Continue reading

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That Summer When Jeff Lynne Really Understood My Pain

Here’s something I haven’t done in a while: A long-form music feature published somewhere other than this blog. My buds Jon Mann and Derek Hawkins — two men of many talents, whom New Yorkers of a certain persuasion might recognize … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin Probably Lifted “Stairway” From Spirit. So Why Sue Now?

I’m normally a big proponent of proper attribution in all media. I’m also a proponent of giving Jimmy Page hell for the sheer number of guitar licks he lifted without attribution throughout Led Zeppelin’s existence, and I dig the band … Continue reading

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Three Alt-Weeklies, My Own Salad Days and One Long Goodbye to Them All

This morning, the final editions of the three alt-weekly newspapers that serve Connecticut — the New Haven Advocate, Hartford Advocate and Fairfield County Weekly — all hit newsstands. The Hartford Advocate, which I discovered on the floor of my high … Continue reading

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I FIGURED OUT THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

I GOT it. FINALLY. It’s so SIMPLE. All of my problems are solved.

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Just Like Sister Ray Said

As news of Lou Reed’s death made the rounds today, I saw countless appreciations of Reed’s work, of the impact his music had had on people’s lives, on his regal position as an artist and innovator. It’s difficult to summarize … Continue reading

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Actually, Arcade Fire Could’ve Saved CMJ This Year

So last weekend, during the CMJ Music Marathon, Arcade Fire played a couple of “secret” shows down the street from my house. I wasn’t there, because I didn’t have a ticket, it wasn’t a show I could get into with … Continue reading

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