Jenny Lewis And The Art Of Empowering Sad Girls

If I wasn’t proud of anything else about me, I’d still be proud of my musical tastes. I was reflecting the other day on how many people I can attribute my musical education to, and how spot on each of them was in exposing me to their own individual tastes. My grandparents shared with me beautiful classical arias and operas and equally as beautiful Big Band and jazz music –

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Susanna and Ensemble neoN: The Forester is Quiet Art

Susanna and Ensemble neoN’s latest album, entitled “The Forester” is up for review today, and like the man said, “this ain`t no fooling around”. This is a very somber record. The content mostly consists of a gorgeous, rich and emotive female voice backed by very stark instrumentation . I detect piano, some woodwinds, a  warm theorbo, and some strings – a combination of instruments that makes for an introspective and

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I’m a nerd. It’s taken a lot to get to this point; to acknowledge and recognize something that was a source of embarrassment, frustration, and bullying when I was younger. Younger people don’t get it now. Looking like you’re smart or completely falling into a certain lifestyle – including the nerd life – is cool. Of course, as the hipster would say, I got comfortable with being a nerd long

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Higher – Steve Arrington and DaM FunK

‘Higher’ is an album that caught me off guard. Steve Arrington is an artist I greatly admire and I’ve been an avid listener of his work as the lead singer of the late 70s funk band Slave for pretty much all of my life. Slave is one of those bands that offered a great deal of material to sample in hip-hop records, in particular to west-coast rap as they started

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