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The first official account of the iconic 4AD label, from RBP scribe Martin Aston… This Mortal Coil, the Birthday Party, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders, Dead Can Dance, Lisa Germano, Kristin Hersh, Belly, Red House Painters. Just a … Continue reading

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Swedish writer Pontus Holmgren contacted RBP t’other day to say he is researching a book on David Bowie in Scandinavia. He referred to Bowie getting lost in Russia, with the result that the Scandinavian press had to wait for 24 … Continue reading

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Messrs Schmidt, Henley, Frey & Walsh line up for their press conf. last Thursday at Mayfair’s Connaught Hotel. See my report on RBP today…

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My old friend Julian Keeling wrote (the substance of) this obit of George Jones 15 long years ago… Here’s what I wrote about George ‘n’ Tammy at the Hammersmith Odeon even longer ago than that: LONG AGO, in the days … Continue reading

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Nice to see Pierre Perrone’s obit of the great New York session guitarist Hugh McCracken in the Indie today… his playing on Laura Nyro’s early albums was nonpareil, but he also played on everything from Van’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” and Aretha’s … Continue reading

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  Very sad to hear that Andy Johns has gone. He gave me a great two-part interview for my Zep oral history, the first (short) one in a typical Valley HM shack of a studio, the second (much longer) in … Continue reading

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Gillian G. Gaar, recently featured in our “Almost Famous” spotlight and the author of She’s a Rebel and many other great books, urgently needs eye surgery and has no medical insurance to pay for it. Please think about contributing to … Continue reading

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Start spreading the news about this event organized by Paul’s partner Cindy Lee Berryhill. Crawdaddy founder Paul (above right, with Kurt Vonnegut in the middle and Raymond Mungo on the left) is the father of all of us in this … Continue reading

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Just released on iTunes and other digital platforms today… the much-ballyhooed Beware of Mr. Baker. A deeply flawed but fascinating cat.

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More sad news from the world of longform music journalism (from today’s CMU Daily newsletter): THE STOOL PIGEON TO CLOSE Arguably the finest purveyor of longform music journalism left, The Stool Pigeon has announced that it is closing down after … Continue reading

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This post about Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis by Waxy founder Andy Baio might have you believing it. And you’ve gotta love the lyric to their album track “Jimmy Iovine”:   Finally see an office with a mounted sign, … Continue reading

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Every Tuesday and Thursday, former Warner Bros. Records executive and industry insider Stan Cornyn (author of the great Warner-Reprise history Exploding)  ruminates on the past, present, and future of the music business on Rhino.com. Stan was there at the very … Continue reading