Category Archives: Music

“Don’t be fooled: Those saddle shoes have walked through some weird shit.” Kim Morgan on the music of Twin Peaks

Kim Morgan’s essay was included in a new book about music in the work of David Lynch, Beyond the Beyond: Music from the Films of David Lynch, and she’s reprinted it on her own site. Don’t miss it. Beyond the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly

Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Grand Central Station, 1959 Buddy Holly on Arthur Murray Dance Party, December 29, 1957 Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan Show, December 1, 1957 Buddy Holly’s career was tragically short. Signed to Decca in 1956, he … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury

There is much greatness in many artists, much inspiration and even transcendence, but an original spirit is the rarest thing of all. Freddie Mercury was one. Nobody like him. Ever. Before or since. There is so much to comment on … Continue reading

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Attn: Jazz Buffs + People Who Saw Whiplash

I am no jazz buff. I liked Whiplash (with some serious reservations), but didn’t know enough to really judge the music being presented. It’s not like watching a movie about Alexander Hamilton or Stalin or Elvis, where I would be … Continue reading

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Telegram from Elvis and The Colonel, February 1964

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Every Week Is “Elvis Week” Around Here

He was “Touched.” Or, as Lester Bangs wrote: “The only credible explanation is that Elvis was from another planet.” One of a kind.

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“I knew there was something I was never gonna see again.” – Bill Murray on why he went to Elvis’ funeral

Bill Murray crashing Elvis’ funeral, August 16, 1977 There’s no video, but here’s the audio of Murray telling David Letterman the story:

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Saying Good-Bye to Elvis

Graceland at sunset, 2013, on Elvis’ birthday. Taken by yours truly. Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs The Village Voice, 29 August 1977 Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing and what did it … Continue reading

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Eric Church and Lzzy Hale: Artistic Appreciation

I love Eric Church. I got into him after I heard his epic 8-minute rant about Nashville. Clearly he’s a huge star. But I love the performance below especially because of that thing that Mitchell and I talk about so … Continue reading

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6-State Shuffle

I headed north into the wilderness for some necessary time off. Off the grid (well, except for Instagram). The drive is long and boring: interstates all the way. Hot muggy weather outside, nice AC in the car, and 5 hours … Continue reading

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