Category Archives: Music

Because This Is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Seen

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iPod Shuffle

From last week. Things going well. Juggling about 3 different jobs right now. Managing. Getting ready to go on vacation with my family in a week. Music accompanies me wherever I go. Especially in the summer in New York City … Continue reading

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R.I.P to the Last of the Ramones

Here’s Variety’s obituary for Tommy Ramone.

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60 Years Ago Today: July 5, 1954 – Elvis Presley Recorded “That’s All Right”

“That’s All Right”, what would be the first single, which went off like a bomb (at least in Memphis, although other regions of the South would follow) was recorded on July 5, 1954, by Elvis Presley, Bill Black (on bass) … Continue reading

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On This Day: July 2, 1956 – Elvis Presley Recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”

On July 2, 1956, Elvis Presley recorded two songs at the RCA studios in New York, “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Hound Dog,” which were released together, A-side (“Don’t Be Cruel”) and B-side (“Hound Dog”). One cannot possibly overstate the success … Continue reading

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Solstice iPod Shuffle and Some Personal Snapshots

– Part of managing my mental health is managing sleep. I had a rough winter in that regard and have been working hard to course-correct. I bought a sleep mask at Bed Bath & Beyond which has really helped. I … Continue reading

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Wanda Jackson Remembers Elvis

Wanda Jackson and Elvis Presley, 1955 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson (whom I was so lucky to see live a couple years ago – hell, she’s still out there, still touring, still recording) dated Elvis in 1955, … Continue reading

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A Hard Day’s Night (1964): Turning 50 and Coming to Theatres Again This Summer

A Hard Day’s Night, directed by Richard Lester, is turning 50 this year. To commemorate, the Criterion Collection is releasing the film in a gorgeous digital restoration with new sound mixes overseen by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios. There … Continue reading

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Beach Shuffle

At the beach. The salty air and the smell of the ocean, the seaweed, the fish, the salt … it’s recuperative. Still have a lot of work to do, and needed to beach to gather my thoughts. Songs playing during … Continue reading

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Spike Lee on Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951)

One of the Criterion Collection’s latest releases is Billy Wilder’s scathing and cynical Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas. Spike Lee considers Billy Wilder to be one of his main influences, and an interview with him is included in … Continue reading

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