the forward-slash/hyphen conundrum resolved

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I PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE about the use of dashes ti­tled “On Those Pesky Dashes As Punc­tu­a­tion Marks” on Neal Umphred Dot Com. There I ad­dressed the em-dash (—), the en-dash (–), and the hy­phen (-). It should have in­cluded some sug­ges­tions on the proper use of the for­ward leaning slash (/). After all, graph­i­cally the forward-slash, or vir­gule, is just an up­right, slanted dash! READ MORE

talking with ken barnes on his career as a rock journalist

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A FEW WEEKS AGO, I re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion from a young mu­si­cian in Eng­land to make a con­nec­tion on the LinkedIn site, the “world’s largest pro­fes­sional net­work.” Re­luc­tantly I ac­cepted it, de­spite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who has ac­tu­ally ben­e­fited pro­fes­sion­ally from any of their LinkedIn con­nec­tions. Nonethe­less, I cer­tainly don’t know everyone on that net­work, so maybe I was missing some­thing. READ MORE

channeling the rich sonic palette of george martin

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THIS IS PART 3 of an on­going con­ver­sa­tion with or about Lawrence Bray con­cerning his ca­reer as a solo artist and as a member of the group Around Town. The group has a new record Out Of Con­trol and both it and its ac­com­pa­nying video gave me great joy to par­tic­i­pate within. Here I have a few words with Michael God­frey, the writer, arranger, and pro­ducer of Out Of Con­trol, who chan­nels the rich sonic palette of George Martin. READ MORE

the byrds’ mind gardens and outrageous fortunes

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MIND GARDENS, one of David Cros­by’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Byrds’ legacy, has been a bone of con­tention among fans since its re­lease on the YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY album in 1967. Ac­tu­ally, using that eu­phemism is in­ac­cu­rate: al­most everyone has some­thing neg­a­tive to say about the recording—the lyrics, the singing, the music. In­cluding me!

As time has passed, my en­joy­ment of those Six­ties artists who took a chance here and there has grown, es­pe­cially given how narrow the main­stream be­came in the ’70s and how boring since. READ MORE

whose response to whom with the stones-beatles-beach boys connection

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, I posted my first Amazon re­view, this one of the Rolling Stones’ album THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST. It had the over-long and gram­mat­i­cally cum­ber­some title of “Clearly their an­swer to PET SOUNDS—or at least Good Vibrations—SGT. PEPPER is ac­tu­ally as dis­parate an ar­ti­fact as REVOLVER.”

What the title was in­tended to mean is this: SGT. READ MORE

when jackie deshannon walks in the room she’s got zest appeal

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BY 1963, JACKIE De­SHANNON had re­leased fif­teen sin­gles and she had just turned 22 years old! By the end of the decade, she would score a pair of Top 10 hits (What The World Needs Now Is Love and Put A Little Love In Your Heart) but would have prob­lems get­ting any of her other fine sides played on AM radio none ever came close to the Top 10 again. READ MORE