Wire Not Withered

By Jeremy Shatan, on 06 Apr, 2013

A short while ago, I posted a review of Parquet Courts in concert and called it "Buzz Buzz In Your Eardrum," after the Wire song Eardrum Buzz from 1989. Anyone... Read More

Bowie: Where Is He Now?

By Jeremy Shatan, on 24 Mar, 2013

When I was 16 I discovered both David Bowie and Burning Spear. I remember writing to a friend that Spear made me feel grounded, at one with the earth, while... Read More

Crossing Into Night: Dinnerstein & Merritt

By Jeremy Shatan, on 16 Mar, 2013

Simone Dinnerstein stunned the world of classical music in 2007 when her self-produced recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations shot to the top of the Billboard chart. Wherever her version ultimately... Read More

Buzz Buzz In My Eardrum

By Jeremy Shatan, on 16 Mar, 2013

It was the most buzzed about show of the...week? Month? Day? Either way, the buzz for me was only about one of the three bands playing at Bowery Ballroom last... Read More

Sly Stone: Funky 7-0

By Jeremy Shatan, on 15 Mar, 2013

To my mind, there are three overwhelming geniuses of funk in the history of music: James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton. All of them are among my favorite artists... Read More

Classicism: Possibilities and Pitfalls

By Jeremy Shatan, on 24 Feb, 2013

The Free Dictionary defines classicism as "a term that, when applied generally, means clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms." Just as in other art forms,... Read More

Richard Wagner: Tod und Hassliebe

By Jeremy Shatan, on 13 Feb, 2013

"As a human being he was frightening. Amoral, hedonistic, selfish, virulently racist, arrogant, filled with gospels of the superman (the superman naturally being Wagner) and the superiority of the German... Read More

Getting Mystical at Santos

By Jeremy Shatan, on 07 Feb, 2013

After working for over 10 years in the non-profit world, one of the wisest pieces of advice I ever got about fundraising was "It's always a bit of a mess."... Read More

Bob Marley

By Jeremy Shatan, on 06 Feb, 2013

It seems fashionable in some hipster circles to dismiss Bob Marley, as if he didn't make REAL reggae, like  Augustus Pablo or Linval Thompson or Burning Spear or Junior Murvin.... Read More

Anxiety of Influence

By Jeremy Shatan, on 30 Jan, 2013

A website with the URL www.influentialalbums.com has been making the rounds, asking folks to take a survey of how many of the 100 listed albums they own. The taunting tag... Read More

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