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Scribes Sounding Off: YEAH! Keep On Pushing! Flying Saucers! Talk – Action = 0! Rockabilly!

Fans of books and popular music and books about popular music rejoice! This autumn has brought a hardy cornucopia swirling internally with thickly-compiled treasures of criticism, history, comics, discographies, and lunatic yet lucid theories about what we talk about when we talk about rocking. I have personally never been as excited about a season suchRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Rock And Roll Will Never Forget Chuck Eddy

Seattle didn’t have much beach reading weather this year, but then we don’t have a whole lot of beaches either (OK, I rarely go to the beach, I have no idea, but I do play Neil Young’s On The Beach LP a whole lot, if that counts). Even so, with dusk coming sooner and daysRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Simon Reynolds, Now And Again

Rip It Up and Start Again author Simon Reynolds’ recently had a “greatest hits” anthology of his own, Bring The Noise, which put together a massive collection of his career of exchanges with rock, post-punk, and hip-hop artists, and his adroit reviews for many UK and American publications. Almost ironically, he follows that two-decade chronicleRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Being & Punk-Blackness

Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman have co-authored a book — him talking, her writing it down — that is the sort of beautiful collaboration of wit, wisdom, and wonder that you might have started a band to express, helped make a film to capture, taken non-college courses to expand your mind to. The Chairs AreRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Synthesizers

The Beastie Boys may have released the first number one hip-hop album on the Billboard charts (License To Ill, 1986), but to most of those reading the KEXP Blog, Beastiemania probably has more to do with a unified field of creative miscegenation. Made up primarily of Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam “MCA” Yauch, and AdamRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Fantagraphics Books & EMP’s Take Punk to the Masses; and Steve Ignorant of Crass comes to Seattle

Coming out in May 2011 will be Fantagraphics Books’ beguiling tie-in for the Experience Music Project’s next humongous documentation of the Pacific NW music scene: Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind, edited by EMP curator Jacob McMurray. Slavishly documenting and lavishly illustrating through band flyers and set lists and rare record sidesRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: (Original) Sound And Vision

In this edition of SSO we focus on people who have written and drawn and made music that has influenced the best of their chosen mediums. Even if they themselves are often only talked about (often feverishly) by people so fully immersed in the expression of similarly robust ideas about creativity, freedom, and the coolRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Vintage Violence

What is that you’re drinking? Is there at least some form of alcohol in there among the ice chips and fizzy water? Oh, OK. I get it. You just came back from the bathroom with friends. I guess that explains it. Well, what are you working on? Oh, an article about “open source.” That soundsRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Best Scribing 2010

Full disclosure: My own fan-memoir “Phil Ochs Greatest Hits” is in this, the eleventh year and latest installment of Da Capo’s Best Music Writing series. It’s audacious enough I’m putting it on this list, but at the top, too? My excuses are (1.) This is not a descending-in-quality top ten list; (2.) My own pieceRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Best Music Bios of 2010

Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco): On the anniversary of the death of Rimbaud, I gave the first of my “Rock and Rimbaud” performances, reuniting me with Lenny Kaye. It was held on the roof of Le Jardin, in the Hotel Diplomat off Times Square. The evening began with the Kurt Weill classic “Speak Low,”Read more…

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