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I Don't Get David Bowie (and why there's an art exhibit about him)

One musician I never "got" is David Bowie.  Just a case of his voice and songs hitting my ears all wrong.  Really wrong.  So I've long avoided his music. He's credited for being "creative" but he strikes me more as a derivative musician and his various personas  - Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Thin White Duke etc. - have always struck me as attention seeking nonsense.  So it was with more than a little amusement that I recently read about the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago running an exhibit about Bowie starting today and running through January 4.  Here's a...

So who are the modern-day "Eagles"?

So who is the band that no self-respecting fan of modern Americana music gives any respect to, even though they sell tons of records and are the darlings of the 'establishment'? I'm voting for Mumford and Sons. Blecchhhhh.  Oh yeah... and why?

What do you do with review discs you don't want?

I feel like I'm playing a losing game of tag. I'm not famous, I'm no big fish but do I get a fair number of discs to review. They are usually labeled "For Promotional Use Only" and the bedside leaning Tower of CDs is about to tumble. Is there an ethical/legal way to purge these discs? No, I don't want to sell them. Can I donate them to the public library?   They'll take anything but then they'll sell it at their booksale. The ones I liked I loaded into iTUNES. Does that change the equation? Some I did not. (Christian Bluegrass just doesn't do it for me...

Autumn playlist

Hi everyone. I'm trying to make an Americana autumn playlist. Can you suggest tracks which are about autumn, harvest, September, etc.? Looking forward to anyone's suggestions. Many thanks, Paul