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The latest Galactic album dropped today. Here is a review in OffBeat. Here too is the band’s own blurb. You can listen to the album here. Amy Winehouse fans will enjoy this. Oh yes I forgot to mention that the album also features Princess Shaw, whose lovely story is documented here. (Princess Shaw tells me that…

To get to the light you need to cross the shadow

If there’s one truth all outlaws know To get to the light you need to cross the shadow This phrase from Deltaphonic’s “Buckhorn Saloon” pretty much sums up the spirit animating this astonishing debut album entitled Texas, Texas. Without doubt it’s the Exile on Main Street for our time: dirty, earthy, gritty, soulful, sweaty, troubled, tongue-in-cheek…

Parental Advisory

Astonished to see that my Amy Winehouse: The Album Collection comes with one these most grievous of offenses against taste and decency and liberality. Frank . . . our culture is still being infantilized and no doubt has supporters from both the illiberal Left and the illiberal Right — the “central scrutinizers” of Joe’s Garage. “Explicit…

Amy Winehouse

I have always been of the view that Amy Winehouse was the only female artist that was on Etta James’ plane — the parallels are all too obvious — a profound expression of “love and trouble” experience going back to Billie Holiday. Now that the dust has settled in the four years since Amy’s death I was…