Honkfest 2012, the opening parlay

Not everyone enjoys the brassy-assed freak-out of Honkfest, but if you ask me, a pack of nutty anarchists marching around the streets jamming on trumpets, drums, flutes, french horns, and tubas, is always good. It may take a village to raise a child, but all it takes in Somerville is a couple of radical marching […]

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The Groove is Analog

I was talking with my friend Don about this cool book I am reading about the rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons — Strange Angel — when the conversation somehow changed tracks to Leon Theremin, the enigmatic Soviet inventor.   This conversation prompted me to check out the recent biography by Albert Glinsky, Theremin: ETHER MUSIC […]

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Goomba Boomba No More! Adios Yma Sumac…

Another legend is lost!  Only days after Studs Terkel, the mysterious singer Yma Sumac, self-described descendent of an Inca emperor, has passed away.   As described by Los Angeles Times music critic Don Heckman, she was “a living, breathing, Technicolor musical fantasy — a kaleidoscopic illusion of MGM exotica come to life in an era […]

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*ollywood, where are you?

Shouldn’t there be a little Bollywood, or as the case may be Tollywood, Kollywood, and Lollywood, in all of us? If not for these bizarrely enterprising cinema juggernauts, we would never have seen the sublime musical masterpiece, Gumnaam – Jan Pehechaan Ho! From farcical nonsense to horror, Indian cinema is spicy! Thinking about Bollywood today […]

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Dizzy Ratstein vs. the No-Taste Maniacs

Rediscovering this brilliant story from Mickey Rat Comics #3 (1980) by Robert Armstrong reminds me of how important [perhaps even CRITICAL] it was to my development. Not only did I discover the true meaning of street cred and artistic integrity, but I had confirmed for me one of the most profound truths of existence, namely: […]

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The Music Business is Rough

The following panel explains the story in a nutshell: “He hired gangsters to get these bonds after his disguise as a musician failed to work. His violin bow fired the arrows.” Brilliant plan–and in some strange way, reminiscent of the current Bush – Cheney strategy to enslave planet Earth–but the hapless Jasper didn’t plan on […]

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