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The sign of a country in distress

Song of the Day
Richie Havens

Today we exercise our freedom because our freedom is on the line. That may seem hyperbolic.

It’s not.

Richie Havens had earned his chops in the 60s playing the Greenwich Village folk scene. By the time the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival rolled around in 1969, he’d recorded a few albums and had earned enough of a reputation and following to get a slot on the first day as the fifth act.

But due to poor planning on the part of the promoters, and as we all know by now, the festival became an epic cluster fuck from the get-go.

And the festival’s opener was Richie Havens. …

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Bruce Springsteen — Letter To You (Columbia Records)

Bruce Springsteen
Letter To You

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this one because at this point, you either like Bruce Springsteen or you don’t.

Technically speaking, while Letter To You appears to be labeled a Bruce Springsteen album, it’s a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album. But the same principle applies, you either like them, or you don’t.

Letter To You is very on-brand for Springsteen and company.

That said, this is one of the strongest Springsteen albums I’ve heard in years.

Letter To You starts a little murky with “One Minute You’re Here.” I was afraid I was going to be stuck listening to this kind of stuff. …

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The Dirty Knobs
“F*ck That Guy”

Mike Campbell is to rock and roll and guitars as Martha Stewart is entertaining and cooking — flawless and brilliant.

Both know what they do well, and they stick to it and make every attempt to level up at their craft.

Serving as Tom Petty’s right hand for, well, forever, Mike Campbell became proficient at many things in addition to guitar playing — producing and songwriting being chief among them.

In between Petty projects and other side gigs, Campbell formed The Dirty Knobs with guitarist Jason Sinay, bassist Lance Morrison and drummer Matt Laug and mainly stuck to playing around Los Angeles. …

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Photo by Sebastian Molina fotografía on Unsplash

Right now, I’m sitting outside a hospital, doing reconnaissance. Most people in my trade hate this; I do not.

I should explain.
I kill people.
For a living.

Not sure how Katie knows this, but she does.

Sometimes I work for the government
Sometimes I freelance.

Freelancing, I usually only kill people with a terminal illness.
I may be dead inside, but I do have some standards.
I rarely make an exception.

For Katie, I made an exception.

Although I doubt she knew what she was asking.

There’s nothing weaker than a guy who hits a woman.
Fuck that guy.

Read more about Katie and Steve.

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Bob Mould — Workbook (Virgin Records)

Bob Mould

Hüsker Dü was one of the most influential bands to emerge from the post-punk era of the late 70s/early 80s. They also became both critics darlings and were readily adopted by the growing college radio scene.

Hüsker Dü lasted just nine years but has cast a long and continuous shadow in music.

One might think that the first solo release from one of the principal songwriters of Hüsker Dü would have a bit more bombast. If one would think that, they would be wrong.

Released in April of 1989, Bob Mould’s Workbook is a harbinger of the music just around the corner. The record’s acoustic elements would reverberate in R.E.M.’s seminal Automatic for the People, and Nirvana’s In Utero similarly used cellos as Mould employs here. …


Keith R. Higgons

“Yeah, I know I ain’t nobody’s bargain — But, hell, a little touch-up and a little paint” — Bruce Springsteen

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