Do Not Sell At Any Price

I reviewed Amanda Petrusich’s excellent new book, Do Not Sell At Any Price, for Paste.



Ben Watt’s Romany & Tom

I reviewed a book by the musician Ben Watt about his parents for Paste. See the review here. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of the house remixes that Watt did in the early ’00s after the breakup of his group, Everything but the Girl. Check out what he does with Sade:

Black Resonance

I reviewed a new book about the interactions between music and literature for Paste.

The Jesus Lizard Book

I reviewed a book about the rock band Jesus Lizard for Paste. It’s the latest in a steadily increasing pool of books looking at indie guitar bands from the ’80s and ’90s.

Philip Bailey Still Hits The High Notes

I reviewed the new memoir from Philip Bailey, the lead singer in the group Earth, Wind & Fire. Check that piece out over at Paste. It’s hard to pick a favorite Earth, Wind & Fire tune, so I picked two.


In the book, Bailey points out that his sound was heavily indebted to the Brazilian singer Sergio Mendes, which comes through in the vocal clouds here.

Downtown Madonna

I reviewed a new book about Madonna for Paste. Moral of the story: if your mom calls, pick up the phone.


Nirvana Makes It Big, With A Little Help From Rocky

I reviewed Experiencing Nirvana–a new book about an early Nirvana tour across Europe that helped the band build positive press in 1989–for Paste. See the piece here.


A First for the Staple Singers

I wrote about a new book on the Staple Singers for Paste. Surprisingly it’s the first book on a group that had two number one hits and earned admiration from Elvis, Dylan, and Prince. Below, a Staple family track that the Stones ripped wholesale.


And here’s their last number one hit, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield.

The Longevity of the Allman Brothers

I wrote about a new oral history of the Allman Brothers for Paste. See the piece here. Before Duane Allman started the band, he played as a session guitarist at Muscle Shoals, working with Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. Below, check out the part he contributes to Boz Scaggs’ overlong “Loan Me A Dime.”


(Sidenote: Scaggs’ sound changed immensely in the years after working with Duane at Muscle Shoals. Compare “Loan Me A Dime” with the smooth disco of “Lowdown”–less than half the length, more than twice the groove.)

Creation Records

I wrote about a famous English record label from the ’80s and ’90s, Creation Records, for Paste. See the piece here. In 1991, the label put out several highly influential albums, including My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. Below, a song from Primal Scream.

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