Bob Dylan's breakthrough

May 27th, 2020

Today marks the 57th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, released May 27, 1963. Though not his first album, the album was without a doubt his breakthrough, hitting number 22 in the US charts, and it was his first album consisting of primarily self-penned songs. The album contained some of his mos...

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Anniversary of a largely forgotten power pop gem

May 21st, 2020

Earlier this week (May 18th, to be exact) saw the 41st anniversary of the debut album by a terrific but largely forgotten early power pop group, the Records. Though they are best remembered today for their classic single "Starry Eyes," their debut, called Shades in Bed in the UK and The Records in the US, features a number of examples of solid...

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The Debut from a Legend

May 14th, 2020

On this date (May 14) in 1965, the legendary British singer Donovan released his debut album, What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid. Though Donovan would later go on to achieve much chart success with rock and psychedelic tunes, his debut album shows him only just begining to diverge from the folk music he'd been performing up to that point (leadi...

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The Death of a Ska Pioneer

May 7th, 2020

With the sad death of Kraftwerk co-fouonder Florian Schenider yesterday, the passing of another musical legend has gone somewhat unnoticed. Early ska singer Millie Small passed away on May 5, 2020 after suffering a stroke. Millie is best known for her worldwide 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop." While often dismissed today as a trite early-'60s pop tune, ...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 19th, 2019

Hi, folks! I wrote this piece about the Transgender Day of Remembrance for my other job, but I thought I would share it here, too: Have you ever felt unsafe walking down the street? Have you felt judged in a way that made you deeply afraid? Have you ever felt that, just for the simple fact that you exist, your life is in danger? Sadly, for far to...

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