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Best Albums 2018

The album as a delivery device for music has been dying for more than a decade now, or, at least, that’s what the pundits say. What struck me more than anything about the way new music was presented this past … Continue reading

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Aretha Franklin

I first heard Aretha Franklin when I was 11 years old, listening clandestinely to my small transistor radio tuned to WABC (or was it WMCA?), which was tucked under my pillow as I was supposed to be sleeping. Like my … Continue reading

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Lauryn Hill, Budokan, Jan. 21, 1999

I just watched Lauryn Hill’s performance at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago online and marveled at how little her live show had changed in 20 years. Here’s my take on her first tour, which was published in the Japan Times … Continue reading

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Albums April 2018

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on March 25. Both Sides of the Sky -Jimi Hendrix (Legacy/Sony) Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings -Jackie DeShannon (MSI) … Continue reading

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February 2018 albums

Here are the album reviews I wrote for the February issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last month. Beach House 3 -Ty Dolla $ign (Atlantic/Warner) Ctrl -SZA (Epic/Sony) Though he’s been a fixture on the West Coast … Continue reading

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XTC interview, March 1999

A recent discussion I read online about XTC made me look on the web for an interview I did with Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding in Tokyo in early 1999 after they had just released the first volume of their … Continue reading

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Lenny Kravitz, Nov. 1998, The Japan Times (as “Merle Pangloss”)

I recently realized that almost all of the music reviews I wrote for the Japan Times in the 90s are not available on the Internet, so I will remedy that by slowly, methodically posting them here on my blog. I … Continue reading

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