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Graded on a Curve:
VA, Pimps, Players &
Private Eyes

Compiled and produced by Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa, the 1992 collection Pimps, Players & Private Eyes offered a healthy dose of full-bodied and progressive ‘70s Soul culled from the frequently-elusive soundtracks of an oft-maligned film genre, and it functioned simultaneously as a history lesson and a fountain of deep groove. Issued in multiple formats (though […]

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Graded on a Curve: Starship,
Knee Deep in the Hoopla

Once the beans have been counted, the votes cast, and the losing tickets torn and scattered to the winds, which is the worst band ever? The Red Hot Chilies, obviously. But who’s in second place? It’s a difficult question. International commissions composed of scientists, physicians, casino owners, philosophers, music critics, statisticians, psychiatrists, bookies, seeing eye […]

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Graded on a Curve:
Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska

Celebrating Bruce Springsteen during his birthday week. —Ed. Born to Run changed my life. Oversized, operatic, and full of grandiose musical gestures, it sounded like a Phil Spector album and I loved it for its outrageous flourishes, its sheer joy in its own majesty, and its wild and outrageous poetry about life on the Jersey […]

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Graded on a Curve: New in Stores for September 2020, Part Four

Part four of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases presently in stores for September 2020. Part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here. NEW RELEASE PICK: Chris Smither, More From the Levee (Signature Sounds) Singer-songwriter Chris Smither is from the old school. When I […]

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Graded on a Curve: New in Stores for September 2020, Part Three

Part three of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases presently in stores for September 2020. Part one is here and part two is here. NEW RELEASE PICKS: Profligate, Too Numb to Know (Wharf Cat) Although three volumes of demo tapes have been released since, the last “new” full-length from […]

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Graded on a Curve:
A Certain Ratio,
ACR Loco

Starting in October of 2018 and then continuing last year, the Mancunian outfit A Certain Ratio received some well-deserved retrospective action via Mute Records, first the 2LP/ CD acr:set and then the 7LP/ 4CD ACR:BOX; now here’s ACR Loco, their first LP of new material since 2008, and it finds them in energetic and inspired […]

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Graded on a Curve:
Uriah Heep,
Demons and Wizards

Remembering Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake. —Ed. Who was it who said, “He came to mock, but remained to pray?” It doesn’t matter. But such was the case–to a degree any way–when I decided to “relisten” to Uriah Heep. I’ve always loved “Easy Livin’,” but when I was but a teenage droogie I plunked down […]

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Graded on a Curve:
A Flock Of Seagulls,
We Are The ’80s:
A Flock Of Seagulls

If there’s one thing I know about the hated eighties, it’s that absolutely no one I knew could abide synthpop. Oh, some of us may have locked our doors and listened to it in the privacy of our own homes, confessing to doing so one meant being labeled a Eurofop and drummed out of our […]

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Graded on a Curve:
Nick Drake,
Pink Moon

I watched a documentary about Nick Drake last week. It featured a bunch of folkie types spouting all kinds of flamdoodle about what made Drake’s guitar playing so unique. I’m sure many members of the musical fraternity found this technical brouhaha illuminating, but seeing as how I’m a guy who has difficulty distinguishing an acoustic […]

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Graded on a Curve: New in Stores for September 2020, Part Two

Part two of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases presently in stores for September 2020. Part one is here. NEW RELEASE PICKS: Osees, Protean Threat (Castle Face) Having undertaken yet another shift in moniker (which actually commenced with the release of the two-song “The 12” Synth” EP late last […]

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Graded on a Curve: Reverend John Wilkins, Trouble

Reverend John Wilkins can be described as a specialist in the sanctified blues, but that’s really only the tip of his stylistic iceberg. As the son of noted pre-war bluesman (and also ordained minister) Robert Wilkins, there is a firm North Mississippi root in his work, but more prominent is the sound of soul and […]

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Graded on a Curve: Jeremy D’Antonio, “Spinning Wheels” EP

Jeremy D’Antonio, who currently hangs his hat in San Geronimo, CA, has been in few bands over the years, but with the “Spinning Wheels” EP he’s stepping out as a solo artist. More descriptively, he’s embracing the singer-songwriter mode of expression while dipping into the reservoir of old-school country, but with a satisfying grasp on […]

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Graded on a Curve:
Go-Go’s,
Greatest

Rising from the same sleazy L.A. punk scene that spawned the shock antics of the Germs and Black Randy and the Metrosquad, the Go-Go’s did the most shocking thing imaginable–they waved farewell to the infamous Plunger Pit and set out to become pop stars. The Go-Go’s began life as a traditional punk band. Scene maker […]

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Graded on a Curve: Country Joe and
The Fish,
I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-
to-Die

Pop Quiz: A hippie is anyone who’s anyone who’s ever: a) stood by the side of the road holding a sign that reads “Will Work for Tofu? b) been rushed to the hospital with tie-dye poisoning , c) emerged from the womb wearing a peace symbol, d) expressed reverence for all living things, including rocks […]

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Graded on a Curve: Spooky Tooth,
Spooky Two

Spooky Tooth: I don’t know exactly how to start this review of Spooky Two, except by saying that Spooky Tooth has always, at least in my mind, been in a dead heat with Foghat as funniest band name ever when stoned. For the longest time I didn’t know much more than that about them, other […]

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