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I’ve Been Shuffled!

Posted by on May 8, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Music | 1 comment

I’ve Been Shuffled!

Yeah, I took lotsa pics in this doorway. . . Check out my Shuffled! feature over on boston progress radio. I talk a leel ’bout six songs picked randomly from my vast music archive. Artists covered include: Billy Bragg, Asobi Seksu, Taiyo Na, Bad Brains, Asian Dub Foundation and Yellow Rage. I speak of all of them in a rather irreverent tone meant to amuse more than inform. I will actually be in Boston in July to do a reading, too,...

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Soul Brother #1 Was…Chinese?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2008 in Asian American, Music | 1 comment

Soul Brother #1 Was…Chinese?

Is this generally known? Talking about his genetic makeup, James Brown wrote in his autobiography “I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul”: “I also have some Chinese in me, at least as much as I have black (and maybe a little Egyptian King Tut thrown in for good measure). All you have to do is look at my face–it’s all there.” Don’t believe me? Check page 54, the beginning of the second chapter, using the search engine on Amazon.com. Okay, okay, JB was...

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Thumbs-Up for New Colony Six / RJM Band Album “Sides”

Posted by on Jan 7, 2008 in Music | 0 comments

Thumbs-Up for New Colony Six / RJM Band Album “Sides”

(Left, the New Colony Six and RJM Band collection “Sides.” Center, Ray Graffia back in the day. Right, Ray rocking out in November 2007 in New York City.) Here’s the verdict on New Colony Six’s “Sides” album — it’s pretty essential listening for all you garage music fans. Of primary interest to the most Nugget-headed is the unearthing of a monstrous version of “Rap-A-Tap” — apparently the version favored by the songwriters...

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The Paradox of Ian Mackaye

Posted by on Dec 2, 2007 in Music | 2 comments

The Paradox of Ian Mackaye

I went to see Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat, Fugazi and now The Evens speak at this on Saturday. I had sat in the front center seat for the previous panel, which was all about publicizing your work to became famous and rich or both. I felt somewhat uncomfortable during the discussion I guess because there was such a disconnect between the business and the craft of writing. I remained in my front seat for Ian’s talk, so he actually ended up right in front of me. When someone handed him a...

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Cavestomp 2007, Third Night

Posted by on Nov 5, 2007 in Music | 1 comment

Cavestomp 2007, Third Night

Third night, here we go! It’s your MC, Lenny (“It’s a Nugget if you dug it!”) Kaye! Up first, The Hall Monitors, from DC. Note female guitar player to the right. She becomes the first female in the festival to sing lead on a song. The Hall Monitors have issued a pass for a special guest: Eddie Angel from Los Straitjackets! Adding Eddie brings hot licks to this band, which is ambitious, but wasn’t really there yet, musically, for me. Great energy,...

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Cavestomp 2007, Second Night

Posted by on Nov 4, 2007 in Music | 0 comments

Cavestomp 2007, Second Night

Well, if you’ve never been to the night spot Warsaw in Brooklyn, you’ve probably never had one of these (a kielbasa sandwich) during a 60s garage band show (people love pictures of food in blogs): I missed taking a picture of the first band, The Higher State from England, but they were an OK, not particularly tight psych-influenced four piece. Extra points for the closing freakout, though. Next up was The Urges from Dublin. Kinda like an Axl Rose-fronted Stones, and a bit...

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