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Hall and Oats Speak

First, revisiting Daryl Hall in Salon on the incoherence and idiocy of “cultural appropriation” (nothing more than a species of crude rationalistic fundamentalism, a classic marker of the authoritarian mindset, arrogant enough to think that the mercurial nature of a healthy culture should/could be controlled); and second, John Oats has a memoir about to appear. daryl hallhall and…

Sly

Against the odds, still with us. Happy 74th birthday. acid soulmusicpsychedelic funksly and the family stone

Nat Hentoff

Says it all — mensch! Too subtle and honest a mind for the regressives A towering figure in First Amendment and jazz circles, Nat was a hero for the cause of free speech on campus. Rest in peace, our friend. https://t.co/bfa8WCajCl — FIRE (@TheFIREorg) January 8, 2017 Sad to report the death of my father…

Christmastime in New Orleans

The Nola Players have just released their big band Christmas CD. I’m very much looking forward to hearing it in full and replenishing my Christmas selection with a bunch of stuff en route to me from the Louisiana Music Factory. In the meantime I’ve been playing a few other Christmas CDs because they work very well…