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Rickie Lee Jones, on how money can't buy fun. "You can have your two jets, your private elevator. But you get up there you are still the same lonely, perverse asshole you were at the bottom of the elevator." Her excellent new album, "The Other Side of Desire," is streaming at The Wall Street Journal.
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Seems appropriately ironic to use social media to promote a story about Tim Fite, a rapper whose new album satirizes digital culture. Runs in The Wall Street Journal tomorrow, and online right now: http://bit.ly/1r2hFAR
Brooklyn rap satirist Tim Fite rips smartphones and the digital life in his latest record, "iBeenHACKED."
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Father-son bonding, and a pretty great album, too, on Tweedy's "Sukierae."
Father-son bonding activities more typically involve things like camping trips or baseball games than recording an album, but Jeff Tweedy is not your typical father, and Spencer Tweedy is not your typical son.
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Read a review yesterday of Ryan Adams' new album that essentially took issue with the fact that his consistency as a songwriter makes him sound like Ryan Adams. Seems like a selling point to me. My take, for Paste Magazine: 
Much has been made of the fact that Ryan Adams last released an album three years ago. While that’s true, the underlying implication that his pace has slowed is misleading.
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That's been the AV Club's strategy lately. They panned Neko Case's latest because it didn't sound enough like her earlier songs.
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Loudon Wainwright III offers a blend of humor, poignancy and a bit of pointed commentary on his excellent new album, "Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)," which premieres today on The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. "Brand New Dance," "Spaced" and "I'll be Killing You This Christmas" are particular standouts.
Loudon Wainwright III premieres his album "Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)" on Speakeasy.
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Weird Al yesterday, Eric Clapton today: Slowhand pays tribute to his friend and inspiration JJ Cale on "Since You Said Goodbye," premiering exclusively on The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog.
Eric Clapton premieres his version of JJ Cale's "Since You Said Goodbye" on Speakeasy.
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Seattle western singer Brent Amaker is on a quest for immortality -- the literal kind -- that he's channeled into an electronic music project called Android Amaker. I wrote about it for Flavorwire, which premieres Android Amaker's video for "Flesh Roboutique."
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Reviewing "Monty Python's Total Rubbish" collection for Paste Magazine afforded the opportunity to dive back into sketches I hadn't listened to in a long time. Spoiler: they're still funny. http://goo.gl/qtUhmD 
As with so much comedy, explaining the joke is also what ruins it, and a huge swath of Python sketches are best appreciated by listening to them. Total Rubbish offers the best of them.
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Why are big-time musicians like Dan Auerbach and Jeff Tweedy also working as record producers? I asked them for this story that runs this Friday in The Wall Street Journal. 
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Aaron Dessner of the National are helping other acts make albums—often for free
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Charted the New Pornographers' rise from aspirational supergroup to the real deal in this story for Paste Magazine. The band's new album, "Brill Bruisers," is outstanding.
By long-established rock ’n’ roll precedent, supergroups are supposed to be side-project bands formed by musicians who have already found success with other projects: Cream, for example, or the Firm. The New Pornographers did things the other way around.
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Hey, #zero7  fans, Mozez is back with a new song from a forthcoming EP. Check it out on The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog.
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In which Weird Al skewers corporate doublespeak to the tune of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
 
Kudos to the intrepid +Eric R. Danton for getting the exclusive on Weird Al's eighth and final video release from his new album!
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  • The Wall Street Journal
    Freelance Online Music Producer, present
    Arrange album, song and video premieres for Speakeasy, The Wall Street Journal's arts and culture blog. Contribute stories to the print edition.
  • RollingStone.com
    Contributor, 2012 - 2013
    Online news editor; Contributor of artist interviews, stories and reviews to the magazine for print and the web.
  • Hartford Courant
    Rock Critic, 2002 - 2012
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Contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Salon, Paste magazine and more.
Writer of ListenDammit.com.
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