Tag Archives: 2020

Book Review: Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life” Examines The Lonely Life Of Prince From As Close Of A Viewpoint As We’re Likely To Get [pt. 2]

[…continued from last post] Both the writer Neal Karlen and the superstar Prince were Minneapolis boys; the former Jewish in the blackest neighborhood to be found in a city that was 99% white. Roughly the same age. Mirror images of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life” Examines The Lonely Life Of Prince From As Close Of A Viewpoint As We’re Likely To Get [pt. 1]

That Prince died alone in his elevator after overdosing on painkillers he would never cop to using, much less abusing, has always struck me as a tragedy. After reading Neal Karlen’s memoir of his is-it-or-isn’t-it 31 year friendship with Mr. … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 34]

[…continued from last post] In the year following “The Wild River,” we first heard of a project Dr. Robert was throwing himself into that was very different to The Blow Monkeys. Minks Road Social was a collective project in the … Continue reading

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Billy MacKenzie: The Second Decade After [part 8]

[…continued from last post] As someone who had immediately acted in 1992 on buying “Outernational,” I was one of the lucky few [estimated 500 in the initial Circa 1992 edition] to have gotten copies. As Billy’s legacy had grown in … Continue reading

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REVO Remastering: Slow Children – Mad About Town [REVO 096]

Slow Children: Mad About Town + – US – CD-R [2020] One More Trauma Late Night Transatlantic Unplugging The Vacuum Vanessa Vacillating Suspense President Am I (Extended Version) Respective Sides Skill Of A Caveman Missing Missiles East Berlin By Rail … Continue reading

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Record Review: A Certain Ratio – “Sextet” UK LP [part 2]

[…continued from last post] Next came an even deeper dive into Brazillian Jazz with “Skipscada.” The trilling whistles did not let up throughout the song. In fact, they only intensified as the scatting vocal and the percolating rhythms built up … Continue reading

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Record Review: A Certain Ratio – “Sextet” UK LP [part 1]

A Certain Ratio: Sextet – UK – [white] LP – [2020] Lucinda Crystal Gum Knife Slits Water Skipscada Say One Run Down Rialto Below The Canal This was certainly an unexpected surprise. Sunday was my birthday, and on Saturday night, … Continue reading

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