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Titans in Natty Attire

Joni Mitchell describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance.” (“Joni Mitchell,” Wikipedia) (Photo from Guy Trebay, “Of David Hockney and Joni Mitchell Holding Hands,” NYTimes, 2-28- 19) (c) 2019 JMN.

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Dangerous Music

In 1919, jazz, or “jass,” as some still called it, was a peculiar word with musical and sexual connotations. It could be noun, verb or adjective, indicating pep, liveliness and noise. Jazz was the new counterculture dance music replacing ragtime … Continue reading

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Massive Attack

“Gigs have become very formulaic these days,” adds [Adam] Curtis. “Not just gigs but all of culture – and that’s the challenge. The way you make people look again is by finding a different sort of image. And so the … Continue reading

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This Is America, Too

Since 1991, the Bronx Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit arts organization, has provided low-cost education in classical music to a constituency that has been historically underexposed to the tradition. And at a time when music classes are being cut from … Continue reading

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Margo Price

apple.news/AhZ4ZKdByRU-EyGkpCYgX6w Country music was a good way to get my foot in the door, but . . . when you venture out of country music you have more freedom to say what you want….” (Greg Jaffe, “This Liberal Country Singer … Continue reading

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“Electronic Munt”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch Sleaford Mods have described their work as “electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working class.”[1] Williamson is responsible for the words, Fearn for the music. Sleaford Mods songs have been described as embittered rants about such topics as … Continue reading

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Candid Ambivalence About the Grammys

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/08/brandi-carlile-grammys-country-gay-marriage-cancun Does she want to win? “Oh my God!” [Brandi Carlile] says, as though the thought actually hasn’t crossed her mind. “I don’t know if it’s about wanting to win. I fucking care so much about the nominations. I’m never … Continue reading

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