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Advent 4: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, “Midnight Sun”

Being a Beatle Kid is a decidedly double-edged sword. On the one hand, you start your musical career with name recognition the likes of which most artists—even the successful ones—can only dream of, giving you an instant audience. On the … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1970

The end of the 60s; the end of the Beatles; the end of Jimi and of Janis; four dead in Ohio. Could anybody have put it better than John Lennon did? The dream is over What can I say? The … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1969

1969: the year of Woodstock, the year of Altamont.  A year of contradictions that saw rock music leaving behind much of its world-changing idealism as the genre of a counterculture began to splinter into dozens of specialized subgenres, each with … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1968

About ten years ago, journalist Mark Kurlansky wrote a book entitled 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. There’s little debating that title; 1968 was the year riots raged at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the year Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1967

For 1965 and 1966, it was relatively easy to make my Top 5 lists, as there really weren’t that many albums (as opposed to individual songs) that I felt worthy of consideration. 1967 is where things get rough. With the … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1966

1966 was an incredible year for music, there’s no doubt about it: “Eight Miles High,” “Paint It Black,” “Summer in the City,” “Good Vibrations,” “You Can’t Hurry Love”… But in the period before 1967 or 1968, I notice it’s harder … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1965

There’s plenty popular music I like, even love, from 1964 and earlier – Sam Cooke, early Beatles, early Dylan, Buddy Holly. But 1965 is the year when I really start paying attention. It was the year that rock n’ roll … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Electric Soft Parade, “IDIOTS”

Trawling through the “Best of 2013” lists that proliferate this time of year is a great way to discover new and interesting music. However, it also means that you’re going to be discovering mostly the kind of music that rock … Continue reading

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Album Review: Paul McCartney, “NEW”

When Paul McCartney releases a new album, fans find themselves faced with a conundrum. On the one hand, being a McCartney devotee means that you’ve long since stopped paying attention to what critics have to say about his post-Beatles career. … Continue reading

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