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  • New Stew Record! New Negro Problem Record!

    ONE NIGHT, TWO ALBUMS Next Monday, June 18, is the must see music event of the Summer for fans and friends of Stew & The Negro Problem. This is a one-night-only, special concert performance and celebration, it will be hosted by (le) poisson rouge in the West Village, and they’ll be talking about it for…


  • On Prog Rock

    Inspired by the little article “The Whitest Music Ever (Prog rock was audacious, innovative—and awful)” I wrote this: Datapoints: King Crimson can be furiously awesome. I saw them on the Thrak tour (I can’t remember if that was at the Wiltern) and I totally get it. Robert Fripp is terrific when tempered by other artists…


  • No lies, I’ve seen these bands.

    Beastie Boys The Blasters David Byrne Elvis Costello Cracker Dave Matthews Band De La Soul Dead Can Dance Debbie Harry Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy Elton John General Public Keb’ Mo Los Lobos Love and Rockets Barry Manilow Maroon 5 Men at Work Morrissey New Order Oingo Boingo PJ Harvey Public Image Ltd The Ramones Santana…



  • The Grateful Dead: Influences and Influencers

    Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about Half Century Phenomenon The Grateful Dead? I remember several Los Angeles nurses I worked with who dropped everything and went to San Francisco just to BE THERE in the immediate aftermath of Jerry Garcia’s death. The Dead means a lot to a lot of people. On the net.cultural…

  • Frostbite by ♡kitty♡

    Current musical obsession for me is Frostbite by ♡kitty♡. I first became aware of her with OK Cupid a few years ago. That was low-fi hip-hop done at an unexpected angle – young, white, female and with a voice that reminded me of hip-hop that came from somewhere other than mainstream. Acts like De La…

  • “Paste your taste”

    Mechanized music taste summation from last.fm: I’m into female vocalists, rock, pop, indie and electronic, including: They Might Be Giants, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, My Bloody Valentine, Stew, The Negro Problem, R.E.M., Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Ben Folds, Ben Folds Five, Beastie Boys, New Order, Lana Del Rey, Blooper,…


  • Scrobbling with last.fm

    I have had a last.fm account since 2005. Most of the music represented in here is from a long time ago. The only brand new additions on the list above are My Bloody Valentine and Blooper, who I first became aware of only in the last few months. I was scrobbling a lot in 2005,…

  • Noodly appendage

    Music is meaning a lot to me lately. I’m checking out My Bloody Valentine mostly, and some other bands. Loud is good. Meanwhile, I just made some electronic music. The last time I released some electronic music was 2004: Archive.org Audio and Instant Music I don’t know either.

  • Gates of Steel by Kali Kazoo

    Find her on tumblr, twitter, blogspot. I dig her drawings. Turns out I dig her musicianship too.

  • Suzy Wong (lyrics by Stew)

    William Holden is a soldier and Nixon will not send him home with every card game he gets older so when on leave he needs to roam don’t judge him by his desires the puppet wires are strong oh William Holden is a BART rider bound for Hong Kong or Seoul William Holden holds a…


  • Eno

    Brian Eno (from film for Roxy Music’s Re/Make Re/Model) This song is from 1972 and sounds new to me, perennially. Mostly because of Eno but the whole band together makes it work. I’ve written about this song before, in 1998’s Re-Make/Re-Model.

  • Stew & The Negro Problem: Curse

    New album releases this month! Warning: Explicit Lyrics

  • Fancy

    For some reason this video–Fancy by Reba McEntire–has stuck with me as a kitsch cheese masterpiece since I first saw it maybe 20 years ago. The song and I think the video too were released in 1990. It is over-the-top melodrama and until I looked it up, I had no idea it was a cover…

  • Fairytale of New York, selectively annotated.

    (bold items sung by Kirsty MacColl) (otherwise sung by Shane McGowan) (bold and red by both) (lyrics from pogues.com) On YouTube, a live version, and an incomplete version. It was Christmas Eve babe In the drunk tank An old man said to me “Won’t see another one” And then he sang a song The Rare…

  • Ave Maria, a favorite of my Mom

    Ave Maria was a favorite song of my Mom’s. It was played at her Wedding on June 15, 1968 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in San Diego, California. And it was also played at her beautiful Memorial Mass on November 6, 2010 at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Below are both…


  • Brass in Pocket

    ’cause I gon’ make you see nobody else here no one like me I’m special (Special) so special (Special)

  • Malcolm McLaren is dead.

    Most famous for being a rock empresario. For the Sex Pistols. For Punk theory. For Bow Wow Wow. Dead at age 64. He could be a lot of fun. Here’s Buffalo Gals, 1983: I don’t remember this video, or the nudity, but the song sounds like the 1980s to me. I always liked the song….