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  • Alice Cooper: glam guignol Bowie: space glam Cockney Rebel: pub glam Jobriath: show-glam Kiss: arena glam Lou Reed: Warhol glam Mott the Hoople: Dylan glam New York Dolls: subway glam Queen: […]

    The Dictionary of Glam Rock

    Alice Cooper: glam guignol Bowie: space glam Cockney Rebel: pub glam Jobriath: show-glam Kiss: arena glam Lou Reed: Warhol glam Mott the Hoople: Dylan glam New York Dolls: subway glam Queen: […]

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  • Inspired as much by Keith’s kicking H and his acquisition of an MXR delay pedal as it was by Mick’s slumming around New York, horny as hell, Some Girls is […]

    The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

    Inspired as much by Keith’s kicking H and his acquisition of an MXR delay pedal as it was by Mick’s slumming around New York, horny as hell, Some Girls is […]

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  • Leonard Cohen said producer Phil Spector’s music was post-Wagner.  Robert Christgau said it was vulgar.  Reflecting on his Spector collaboration from the mid-70s, Dion said it was funeral music.  To […]

    Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep-Mountain High

    Leonard Cohen said producer Phil Spector’s music was post-Wagner.  Robert Christgau said it was vulgar.  Reflecting on his Spector collaboration from the mid-70s, Dion said it was funeral music.  To […]

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  • “I John” is Elvis gospel at its most propulsive.  The feel is sweaty, churchy—body music animated with the spirit of the Lord.  “Baby, Let’s Play House” may be the Hillbilly […]

    Elvis Presley – I John

    “I John” is Elvis gospel at its most propulsive.  The feel is sweaty, churchy—body music animated with the spirit of the Lord.  “Baby, Let’s Play House” may be the Hillbilly […]

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  • You come home to someone who had waited.  You guys aren’t close now.  You’re strangers. You go outside for a walk.  It’s good to be home, but you can’t shake […]

    LCD Soundsystem – All I Want

    You come home to someone who had waited.  You guys aren’t close now.  You’re strangers. You go outside for a walk.  It’s good to be home, but you can’t shake […]

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  • The Kinks katalog is full of sidebars that other bands would kill to have written.  Commissioned for a film about a penis transplant, “The Way Love Used to Be” is one […]

    The Kinks – The Way Love Used To Be

    The Kinks katalog is full of sidebars that other bands would kill to have written.  Commissioned for a film about a penis transplant, “The Way Love Used to Be” is one […]

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  • In which the dada noodle of Wales re-teams with Messengers Manzanera and Eno (2/5ths of Roxy Music) for what is essentially Fear 2. Weathered by coke and booze, Cale’s brogue […]

    John Cale – Slow Dazzle

    In which the dada noodle of Wales re-teams with Messengers Manzanera and Eno (2/5ths of Roxy Music) for what is essentially Fear 2. Weathered by coke and booze, Cale’s brogue […]

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  • Textbook ambient music is not necessarily good ambient music. If I can’t get lost in it or play it to get lost in something else, I have little use for […]

    Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II

    Textbook ambient music is not necessarily good ambient music. If I can’t get lost in it or play it to get lost in something else, I have little use for […]

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  • Solo Paul McCartney is full of crap.  As folks have remarked for longer than I’ve been alive, his music from 1971 on misses the Beatles.  It is no match for […]

    Paul McCartney – Zoo Gang

    Solo Paul McCartney is full of crap.  As folks have remarked for longer than I’ve been alive, his music from 1971 on misses the Beatles.  It is no match for […]

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  • On Los Angeles/Wild Gift, Slash Records pairs the first two (and best) X albums. The patina (dig those male-female duets, that flash rockabilly guitar), and the gutter-shot brevity with which it […]

    X – Los Angeles/Wild Gift

    On Los Angeles/Wild Gift, Slash Records pairs the first two (and best) X albums. The patina (dig those male-female duets, that flash rockabilly guitar), and the gutter-shot brevity with which it […]

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