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David Letterman’s Swan Songs

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Next week the world says good bye to David Letterman as he voluntarily leaves his late night throne. On his terms.  Thirty three years of ridiculous humor with reckless disregard for authority. He pushed down walls. He was robbed after

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Cooks Up Cultural Stew

Nola Jazz FEst

It was a musical moment when it all just magically made sense. Immediately following the brilliant display of his craft on the four string, New Orleans’ funkiest bass player George Porter Jr. waltzed over first, then Joe Nocentelli sashayed his

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Portugal. The Man to Enhance Spring Back

Portugal the man

Sometimes you just get lucky at music festivals.  That’s the best way to explain how I ended up ‘discovering’ Portugal.The Man.  The band had a mid afternoon set at Lollapalooza in 2009.  The radio station had just received their single

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Bright Light Social Hour Shines A Light On Future

Bright Light Social Hour

This column has lamented enough about the demise of the album.  A concept of an artist concentrating on more than a single song.  By actually taking the time to edit, rework and refine a series of songs to a cumulative

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Tom Genes Apologizes to Neil Young's Pono Player

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Sorry Mr Young, but I will not be purchasing your new high-end audio player at this time.  Your Ponos player is a sharp looking appliance that apparently sounds off the charts but there are other concerns at work here. It

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Great Blues Coming to Valley

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We don’t get the blues too often here in the Vail Valley.  That’s fine if you are talking about mood swings, but not when referring to music.  One of the things missing from my years back home in Chicagoland is

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One Album of a Novel- A Brief History of Seven Killings

A breif history

I always planned on writing the great American novel. The good news is I no longer have to. Marlon James has done it for me.  His lengthy master piece called “A Brief History of Seven Killings” is a definite killer

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The Genesis of Bluegrass

The origins of Bluegrass

For rappers and hip hop there is “Rappers Delight” from the Sugarhill Gang. Though not the first song ever to contain lyrics sung in the now easily identifiable rap mode, it is credited with being the first to break through

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The Basement Tapes Explained

Lost Basement tapes

The Basement Tapes were always a little mysterious to me. Growing up, I appreciated Bob Dylan; however, I wasn’t a fanatic.  I didn’t spend hours trying to decipher his lyrics. I was much more of a progressive rocker spending days

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What A Beautiful Sound-The Decemberists’ Latest

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It begins with a soft acoustic guitar and then one of the most distinguishable new voices in rock chimes in with “We know we belong to you.”  It’s a lament of an artist pleading to his fans. The song is

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