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Aaaaaaaba Dabba Dabba Doooooooo… Ladies and Gentlemen, The Coctails!

Originally appeared in 1993 in a zine called Pure. No, not that one. If you haven’t heard of the other one, don’t worry about it. Photos by my dear friend Kathy Moseley. Some of the best times I had in the 90s were spent at Coctails shows. Click to enlarge.           […]

Perfect Day

Honestly, at base, he largely annoyed the shit out of me because a former friend worshiped him.But…Artistically, while I recognize his talent and enjoy some of his work (especially when it was tempered by Cale), I thought he was a nihilistic chimera and grouchy alpha dog who was more distracting than inspiring. He grew aesthetically, […]

History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man

Listening to this and remembering many fun Saturday afternoons.

RIP, Donna Summer

“One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’ … he puts on ‘I Feel Love’, by Donna Summer … He said, ‘This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.’ Which […]


Adam Yauch has died, and that makes me a bit sad. Not sad enough though to not think that some day Ad-Rock or Mike D. may need to perform as “The Beastie Boy.” More seriously: death is a remarkably stupid idea.

WHO Is Listening to Krautrock?

It is I. I am listening to Krautrock. I have nothing worthwhile to say, apparently. Say, what did you think of my Portage Theater article? Thanks to Whet Moser of Chicago Magazine and Kate Dries of WBEZ for pointing it out on their blogs.

In My Day Kids Just Ran Lemonade Stands

Six Magnificent Classical-Music-Composing Bastards (You’ve Probably Never Heard Of)

Note: If you’re wondering why it looks like a Cracked magazine article, it’s because I pitched it to them first. by Dan Kelly Unless your parents favored tweed suits with elbow patches and made you practice arpeggios eight hours a day, it’s likely your most memorable classical music experience happened when Hans Gruber’s goons cracked […]