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Just A Blackstar Review

Posted on 15 January 2016 (0)

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I had been assigned to review this for a website, but since I didn’t get the record until 12:01am Friday morning, didn’t get to file it over the weekend as I had planned. I told my editor that I would get it to her on Monday during the day. But once I woke up on Monday, I had to write a whole new set of pieces, and this got set aside.

I actually did look at it on Tuesday, after I had posted an excerpt on Facebook, noting that it was going to be killed, given the circumstances. A couple of writers urged me to post it anyway. Plans to publish it at its original home fell through, and at this point it makes no sense — but I did want to commemorate it here.

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Record Review: Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball”

Posted on 04 March 2012 (9)

It would be easy to write a review of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball album and salute it as new, novel, angry and revolutionary, but it would also be unfortunate and uninformed to do call it any of those things. I’d easily go out on a limb and state that I believe that Wrecking Ball is the most interesting album Springsteen has released since Tunnel of Love, but the only thing new is that this is the first time that he has taken a select group of the elements he has been talking about and listening to and engaging with for the length of his entire career and put it on album. The only thing that surprises me is that it took him so long to get here.

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Remembering Achtung Baby, 20 Years On

Posted on 01 November 2011 (4)


I remember Achtung Baby as the record where it was not just about what and who U2 were as it was about what and who they weren’t. At the time, people weren’t just U2 fans, you were either fans of the Joshua Tree– era U2 who didn’t love what was perceived as this sudden change, or you were the people who were starting to — not so much lose interest towards the end of that particular phase (including, by all accounts, the band themselves), but might have tired of some of it just a tad, and you loved Achtung Baby not because it was U2’s next album but because it was Achtung Baby. To me, it was closer to the era where they made their bones. For all of the insistence on noise rock influences and Einsturzende and their ilk, I heard the Stones at Nellcote, I heard Marc Bolan’s gold lame pants, I heard the Silver Factory, I heard the Bowie of Heroes, the Lou Reed of Transformer, the Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center. It was Manchester meets Motown.

It was iconic, it was ridiculous, it was groundbreaking. It was overwhelming and exciting – if you wanted to be overwhelmed and excited by all of the above, which I most certainly did.

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“Hey son, you want to try the big top?”

Posted on 28 January 2009 (4)

Bruce Springsteen, Working On A Dream

Let me start with the stories.

So began Bruce’s eulogy to Phantom Dan Federici, a funeral on the Jersey Shore, back in the old stomping grounds for this band of brothers, this cast of characters.

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tomorrow is the best day.

Posted on 13 February 2008 (0)

Pitchers and catchers report, and the Gutter Twins start their tour right downtown. Tweet Enjoyed this post? Consider signing up for my monthly newsletter.

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Posted on 05 March 2007 (0)

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Pareles on Young Neil

Posted on 29 April 2006 (0)

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five guys walk into a bar

Posted on 26 December 2005 (0)

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Greg Dulli’s Amber Headlights

Posted on 16 November 2005 (0)

Two years ago, right about this time of year, during a late fall dark and bleak, I saw the Twilight Singers for the first time. The first cold had just set in and my heart was newly healing, stumbling over the remnants of betrayal. That show was the perfect balm to wounds visible and invisible, […]

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Review: Ryan Adams: Cold Roses

Posted on 10 June 2005 (7)

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