Don Allred

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  • 5 years ago

    The synthesizer's bubbling like a mischievously well-tuned fart as the meat-market beat starts, and why wouldn't it? After all, it's nearly 1983—ancient astronauts like Bowie and Roxy were luring their robot-disco tricks home to rock all the...

  • 6 years ago

    Is "Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)" really about where slaves arrived in Brazil? Or did I just expand a mental legend over the years, trying to explain and contain the unsettling, unsettled poise and expanse of Jorge Ben's rolling, g...

  • 7 years ago

    Behold! Fantasy has unveiled 40th-anniversary editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's first six LPs, packed onto individual CDs with remastered, pungent-for-digital sound and three to five bonus tracks apiece, generally well-chosen. (Bayou Coun...

  • 7 years ago

    From the ambered memory and legacy of the artist-collector Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), his friend and colleague Patti Smith has drawn "the passenger M," whose name appears thus in her 1996 prose poem The Coral Sea, now a performance pie...

  • 8 years ago

    "We Can't Make It Here," the relentlessly calm, guitar-and-kickdrum-powered opener of James McMurtry's 2005 album, Childish Things, was also the first shot of political plainspeak across this veteran singer-songwriter-bandleader's usual Texastenti...

  • 8 years ago

    "So much for blue skies! What about the future?" Thus New Zealand's young punks, Die! Die! Die!, fling exhortations back at a preacher who's told them, "You must believe!" They aren't really asking, but they also aren't echoing Johnny Rotten, that...


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