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Country Goes Reggae PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 02:41

Trojan Country Reggae As weird as it sounds, the sound of Jamaica has always had a soft spot for American country music, often topping the charts in the island nation throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Next week, the mighty Trojan label is issuing a three-CD box collecting classic country songs reinterpreted by Jamaica's favorite sons. Simply titled Trojan Country Reggae, the set features toasters, MCs, and old-school dub professors Toots & the Maytals, David Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo, John Holt, Hopeton Lewis, and more twisting up 50 selections, including "Tennessee Waltz," "Stand by Your Man," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "For the Good Times," and (duh!) "Wasted Days & Wasted Nights."

Book Offers a Rock-and-Roll Grab Bag PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 02:30

The Penny Ante Book The second edition of the Penny Ante Book is a beautifully twisted art jam that feels like finding cryptic love letters at the foot of a high-school locker, smudged with the tears and ballpoint-pen teen angst of a Breakfast Club detention. Published by the Penny-Ante Press division of Gifted Children Records, the 288 pages are peppered with rock-and-roll flotsam and jetsam, from an essay about the real Darby Crash by Alice Bag to a tour diary by Smog's Bill Callahan. Other highlights include a short story by Lene Lovich, Bonnie Prince Billy poster artwork by Stacie Willoughby, a collage by Simeon Coxe of Silver Apples, a reflection on the Welsh band Man by Ptolemaic Terrascope founding editor Phil McMullen, and six pages of art by Winston Smith, best known for his subversive cut-and-paste work for the Dead Kennedys.

When Prince Meets Princeton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:30

One of America's greatest minds, Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, returns next week with a new CD of intellectual hip-hop and R&B. Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations features an array of guests, highlighted by Prince in the scathing "Dear Mr. Man" and talk-show host Tavis Smiley and pundit Michael Eric Dyson in examination of the "N Word." Other front row students in class include Talib Kweli in "Bushanomics," Jill Scott in "What Time It Is," and Gerald Levert in "The Man's Gonna Getcha." Look for the thought-provoking disc on Hidden Beach Records' Hidden Beach Forum imprint.

New Books Offer a Photographer’s Perspective on Rock PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:11

Roadwork: Rock and Roll Turned Inside Out Tom Wright's life story in the new photography book Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out is one of those magical, right-place-at-the-right-time tales that leaves one grinning from ear to ear in envy. A schoolmate of Pete Townshend in 1962, Wright's gig as tour photographer for The Who in 1967 opened the doors for decades of intimate access and impromptu backstage portraiture with Rod Stewart, The James Gang, and the Rolling Stones. The Hal Leonard Books hardcover edition is a mix of anecdotes and excesses from the Wild West days of rock, printed on tasteful archival cream paper.

Soundtrack Gets Close to the Ground PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:31

Share This Place The soundtrack to a fascinating multimedia performance with a bug's eye view is released next week by indie stalwart K Records. Commissioned earlier this year by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Mirah & the Spectratone International's Share This Place is a cool collaboration with Kyle Hanson and Lori Goldston of Black Cat Orchestra, boasting a genesis that goes back to the observations of 19th Century entomologist J. Henri Fabré. The trio's parlor-room folk of lush vintage instruments accompanies filmmaker Britta Johnson's faux-insect stop-motion film - a taste of which can be found at (

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