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Comment Archives: stories: Music: AudioFile

Re: “Five lessons we can learn from music critics' Top 10s

Hah! Similarly, one, if famous, should not die in December, as all those who passed have already been listed. Whoa to George Michael, Carrie Fisher, et. al.

Posted by Michael Salkind on 12/27/2016 at 7:47 PM

Re: “The Beach Boys' Mike Love weather surf, drugs and rock 'n' roll

He's still an asshole. Praises the fact that Brian mentions him positively in his press stories and yet Mike always likes to have a dig at his far more talented cousins in every interview.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Andrew McIntyre on 12/22/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Blue October aren't so blue anymore

Need Justin back on album blows

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Posted by Mike Conville on 11/04/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Richard Shindell on singing about Ayn Rand and viewing America from abroad

In other words, this take-down is nothing of the kind since the songwriter attacks a straw man and lies about it.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bruce Crichton on 10/19/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Richard Shindell on singing about Ayn Rand and viewing America from abroad

I would point out that Rand's opinion about tobacco when she wrote "Atlas Shrugged" in the 1940s and 1950s was just that: an opinion. It was not a philosophical principle and is not part of her philosophy, Objectivism. She weighed the possibility of harm against the pleasure that smoking gave her and chose to smoke. Tragically, that did not end well for her although it does provide opportunities for puerile humor at her expense.

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Posted by John Wayland Bales on 10/19/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Phil Keaggy traces his evolution from guitar god to true believer

I love the song true believers , I've been a fan for several decades .
Keep up the good work.
Nice article

Posted by Michele Clark Burge on 10/05/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Gavin DeGraw reflects on a hit-and-run past

Thanks Gavin for sharing. #music from the heart.

Posted by BarbraBreslauer on 09/21/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Sean Lennon on his new band with Les Claypool, his parents' jukebox, and Michael Jackson's monkey

Does anyone need to read, write or even think about Sean Lennon? No, no and no. He does not need press or music reviews or to perform or anything else.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 08/05/2016 at 6:37 PM

Re: “The Sheepdogs get back to where they once belonged

I heard them on Spotify in 2012 and have been a fan ever since. Will have to wait till September in Chicago to see them live for first time. Hoping this band grows in success and sticks together for years to come. Cheers!

Posted by MikeTeresa Swanson on 07/08/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Faith No More refugee Chuck Mosley still cares a lot

We got love for you and what you've done chuck (: Will rap over hard rock for money has a bunch of amazing songs, looking forward to see u on ur tour!!

Posted by GermDust on 06/16/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Flux Capacitor sets sight on the future

That's what's up!

Posted by Bonnie Blades on 05/25/2016 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Flux Capacitor sets sight on the future

fuck yeah guys!

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Posted by Crimson Cold on 05/25/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Rock of ages

Bought my first guitar from Charlie Freddes at Miller music s. Tejon st approx. 1972 for $100

Posted by skostorm on 05/14/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Ghetto Camp Entertainment deploy their homespun hip-hop

My boy AP killing it! Talk keep your head up big things coming your way!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by brandon harrington on 04/20/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Carly Rae Jepsen reprises her Cinderella story

that young lady has great potential

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 03/02/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “O rocker, where art thou?

Interesting post!

Posted by John Thomas on 02/24/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Jon Wayne and The Pain shoot for the sublime

I've seen Jon Wayne and the Pain many times over the past 5 years and their shows progressively get better and the band keeps getting tighter musically. They fuse together the perfect blend of reggae with fun electronic dance beats that has quickly made them my favorite band. I'm excited to see what the future holds for them!

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Posted by Tyler Clay on 02/17/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Jon Wayne and The Pain shoot for the sublime

One of the hardest working bands with the kindest souls.brilliant talents all of them and just pure magic together!
Dont miss these cats when they come to your town!

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Posted by Jeffery Forbes on 02/17/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticity

If the link referenced in my comment does not hyperlink, you can simply Google ---

"The undeniable truth about Elvis Presley racism and American music history"


It should pop up right away. It was published recently and has nearly 2 million views widely circulated and easy to find

Posted by soulman on 02/16/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticity

Part of the problem with most discussions of appropriation is there is little acknowledgement of cultural assimilation yet almost always 100% concentration on appropriation. In some cases what is being called appropriation is indeed NOT "appropriation" but it's "assimilation".

There are many modern artists I could highlight my name, but will go back to the 1950s and use a better example..
Pat Boone - A well-fed, middle class, white guy that never knew hard times, poverty, and no real exposure to black music, yet started covering black artist songs...


Then on the other hand there's Elvis - he knew not only poverty but *extreme* poverty, humble beginnings surrounded by honest exposure to not only hillbilly music but blues and white and black gospel music, going all the way back to his early childhood. As James Brown, Little Richard and BB King all pointed out in interviews over the years "Elvis came by way of that music just as authentically as we did".
Plus he always gave credit to black artists for their influence the same as he gave credit to the white country and pop artists he also admired.
R&B Queen Ruth Brown.. "Elvis did everything the right way, gave respect in his interviews and was a legitimate white artist doing the blues and R&B. He was helping us break down racial barriers"

Little Richard - "Elvis was real. And I thank God for Elvis Presley. He was an integrator"

You see,
Huge difference between the two artists (Pat Boone and Elvis) and it's important people understand the difference, as well as respect the words of our great black legends from the past when having these conversations.

Naming Elvis in these conversations all the time has become almost sport, even though it's inaccurate sloppy history to put him in the same conversation with other appropriators. Yet many modern bloggers and writers do so as if they think they're dropping some knowledge.

All this does is ruins the writers credibility.

Even Chuck D from Public Enemy has long repudiated his anti-Elvis stance that "Elvis was just another cultural thief" to now having "great respect for Elvis" after years ago he started listening to greats like BB King, James Brown, Little Richard, Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner... and other greats that knew Elvis personally and they lived that era.

We modern folks living in the new millennium DON'T know more abouy Elvis than the greats from that original era and we need to just accept that and get over our arrogance of trying to pretend we do, by incorrectly labeling Elvis.

If you want to write something that has some punch and is a little unique, be like the writer of the article link below... or members of the R&B community the last few years who have started praising Elvis with newfound respect after researching him better.

There were many appropriators, but Elvis wasn't the one. Many people in modern times have done the research and have admitted they were wrong about Elvis. I submit the bottom link for your reading. I'm most sure it will be an eye opener as it is to many people, and rest assured while you're reading and have an Internet connection you can start to research any of the info given and will find it all checks out.

Appropriation is an important conversation to have, granted, but if we started indicting the wrong people for crimes of appropriation that they're not guilty of, then can't be taken serious with the rest of the conversation.

I mean, is there anyone that really would argue with BB King or James Brown, about whether or not Elvis was an appropriator, if they could go back in time and talk with those guys?
Please. We all know the answer to that.

Even Beyonce and also hiphop artist 50 Cent in recent years have had Elvis' back and tried to school people that disrespected Elvis memory as anything but legitimate.

This article below discusses not only the ongoing belief by many in the modern era that Elvis was some sort of racist, but pertinent to the discussion of "appropriation" it also addresses many conversations from soul, R&B and blues artists that have defended Elvis against claims of appropriation.

Time to get on board the the truth train.

Enjoy the read.

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Posted by soulman on 02/16/2016 at 12:16 PM

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