When I was a child, I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to listen to all kinds of music, as they themselves had always done. There was a magical record shop called The Record Exchange in the one […]
In September 2015, about four months before David Bowie’s death from cancer, his label released the 12-CD Five Years, which covers his work from 1969 to 1973. The next year brought another 12-CD set, Who Can I Be Now?, which […]
The final playlist is something that folks keep close to the heart. A thread through social media that became a topic on NPR hit home with this writer about songs to be played at their funeral. I must confess that […]
We’ve got ourselves a new editor this week and lots of great ideas and plans for the way forward. But as always, the music is front and center, and we’ve got plenty of recent releases to talk about, including a new […]
A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982) is the third in a series of gargantuan box sets aimed at fans who don’t want to miss a minute of David Bowie’s recorded output. The first package, Five Years (1969–1973), came […]
A new year arrives full of promise of what’s to come, and while there may be plenty to dread, depending on your politics or personal situation, at least music seems poised to delight us — and soon! The past week […]
KCRW held a little soiree last night to celebrate its Top 10 list for 2016. The Los Angeles music tastemakers (and almost everyone I know’s favorite radio station and all day companion) got a jump on the end of the year […]
I would have bet money that this mammoth David Bowie box—the follow-up to last fall’s equally mammoth Five Years (1969–1973)—would be called Golden Years. That title seemed perfect as it would have continued the “years” theme as well as the […]
2016 seems to be God’s idea of a clearinghouse for musicians. David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Paul Kanter, Maurice White, and Phife Dawg have all exited the stage, and we’re not even half way through the year. And who was […]
On a brief personal note, I work at a Juvenile Detention Facility in South Texas. Mostly I had been grouped with the transfer placement team, Social Workers who sift through piles of non-violent drug offenders. Mostly my duties have been […]
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