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2005 Stories by Richard Gehr

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  • Dreamful of Asha

    published November 29, 2005

    Movies are daydreams, more or less. And Bollywood musicals—with their obligatory context-obliterating production numbers dropped like bursts... More >>

  • Tragic Circles

    published November 15, 2005

    "I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit," Kurt Vonnegut wrote in ... More >>

  • Hot Couple

    published August 16, 2005

    With its fat here-comes-everybody sound, intimate yet worldly musical content, and high-profile collaborator, Dimanche Bamako is... More >>

  • Mapping Connections

    published August 9, 2005

    Ear-splitting ululations to DJ Cheb i Sabbah for delivering majorly on the motion Coldcut made in 1987, when the British DJ duo sampled Yemenite... More >>

  • Deep Emotional Reservoirs Amid the Fetid Summer Stew

    published July 19, 2005

    It seems slightly ridiculous now, but Elvis Costello's 1981 Almost Blue came with a sticker warning: "This album contains country & Western... More >>

  • Ade in the Life

    published May 3, 2005

    King Sunny Ade gently dissed the Joe's Pub stage on which his 13 band members, and three dancers, were sardined. "Sometimes you have to squeeze... More >>

  • Democracy Now

    published April 26, 2005

    As he accepted a J-shaped guitar trophy for something or other—the Jammy Awards are less about commendation than about resonant, intriguing,... More >>

  • Jersey Jazz Jammers Hold Down the Low End, Flirtatiously

    published April 12, 2005

    Near the end of the Benevento Russo Duo's roiling second set at Rothko, Marco Benevento announced that the gritty barn burner they'd just played... More >>

  • Dead Bassist Recounts the Surreal Musicality of a Long, Strange Trip

    published April 12, 2005

    Their stochastic epiphanies and sepia-toned country comforts made the Grateful Dead one of the 20th century's more powerful transference machines.... More >>

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