From the Editors

Summer Time, and the Writing Is Slowing

July and August being traditionally outdoors and busy times of the year where most of our staffers live, we are anticipating our publication being a bit less predictable until the cooler weather returns. Do check back from time to time, though, as we have some good stuff coming in, just at a slower rate than usual.
Enjoy your summer (or winter for those on the opposite side of the Equator).

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Dirty Mind End of the Purple Reign: Remembering Prince

I was introduced to Prince by Rolling Stone‘s gushing lead review of Dirty Mind in February 1981. I immediately bought the album and could not stop playing it.  As Ken Tucker observed, “At its best, Dirty Mind is positively filthy.” Perhaps more important, though, “Dirty Mind jolts with the unsettling tension that arises from rubbing complex erotic wordplay against clean, simple
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Record Store Day 2014 by D Double U via Creative Commons 2.0 license When Every Day Was Record Store Day

April 16 marks the ninth annual Record Store Day. Started as a way to get people back into record stores after downloads (legal and the not-so-much types) sapped the desire for physical media, the event proved wildly successful. Around the globe, people line up in the early hours hoping to leave with special records available nowhere else. Some store
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Photo by Surka, used under Creative Commons 3.0 license Remembering Keith Emerson 1944-2016

For millions of music fans all over the world, 2016 has been an incredibly cruel year so far — and it’s only March. The death of Keith Emerson on March 11 has pushed me beyond the realm of sadness to a mixture of anger and resignation. Anger that so many musical icons from my formative years
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Folder Melanie De Biasio Sees the Light in Blackened Cities

I often laugh when I rip a new CD to my music server and see what genre the recording gets assigned to. A death metal album is Pop? A choral album is Male Vocal? There are more than 100 different genres across my collection, but to be honest I pay no attention to them beyond the
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Folder An Affectionate Look Back at The Associates

Not a day goes by that I don’t stop by to read the latest from Paul Sinclair at, which focuses primarily on expanded deluxe releases and reissues. I rarely buy anything I read about there, as I am not a completist who needs every rejected take and poorly recorded live track a band has committed
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Folder A Key Album from Masha Qrella

One of the joys of being a music lover is the serendipity of stumbling across those little-known artists who push all the right buttons for you. Or in the present case, of having a friend do it for you. About a decade ago, friend and SDLU Editor Mark Sullivan heard German musician Masha Qrella open for a
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Folder Quiet Time with Kings of Convenience

So much great music seems seems to be intimately tied to the times in which it is created, often as part of a new genre that just feels right for the moment. Such was the case with many of the artists featured on 2001’s A Quiet Riot compilation. Maybe it was that the world was ready to
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a3832556385_16 It’s About Time You Heard The Luck Of Eden Hall

As a genre of rock, psychedelic music has provided a treasure trove of resources since its beginnings in the 1960s. The word is derived from the hallucinogenic drugs, advocated by a number of writers in the 1950s and ’60s, most notably Timothy Leary, for their ability to expand one’s mind and raise one’s consciousness. The proliferation
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