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The 2012 Album of the Year Trifecta & The 2012 Elite Half Hundred

The Method to Our Madness: Why we picked three recordings as Album of the Year, and the unveiling of our first Elite Half Hundred keeper albums of 2012, topped by the GIVING TREE BAND's powerful Vacilador.
by David McGee
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‘There’s something going on in civilization which is coming at us with great vehemence’

AT&T asked one of the great filmmakers of our time, WERNER HERZOG, to film a PSA on the dangers of texting while driving for its 'It Can Wait' campaign. Watch it here, and take heed.
by David McGee
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Field Notes from a Music Biz Life (Part 1)

'No Brill Building, no me.' So begins Chapter 1 of MICHAEL SIGMAN's autobiography, FIELD NOTES FROM A MUSIC BIZ LIFE, previewed in serial form in Deep Roots.
by David McGee
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Lyricist Yip Harburg’s Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist (Part 1)

ERNIE HARBURG, son of the great lyricist YIP HARBURG, offers a two-part essay on life with father, and how father inspired son to become a scientist.
by David McGee
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New Glenna Bell Album Underway

Glenna Bell has started working on the followup to her acclaimed 2010 release, Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder. Here's the first report from the artist.
by David McGee
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Magic Slim: A true Chicago bluesman, through and through

Silenced: Magic Slim’s ‘Raw, Unadultered Chicago Blues’

Remembering MAGIC SAM, keeper of the flame of 'raw, unadulterated Chicago blues,' who passed away on February 21.
by David McGee
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An Impromptu Requiem for a Slain President

Upon hearing the news from Dallas on November 22, 1963, the BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by ERICH LEINSDORF, offered an impromptu requiem for a slain President.
by David McGee
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Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

In our continuing excerpts from MICHAEL SIGMAN's memoir Just Remember: Field Notes from a Music Biz Life, the author recounts the tumult that erupted when Record World dared to print charts reflecting actual record sales.
by David McGee
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How Will Musicians Control Their Credits in the Digital Age?

ProMusicDB is a new organization dedicated to giving musicians past and present proper credit, and thus remuneration, for recording sessions they play on. ProMusic DB founder CHRISTY CROWL explains.
by David McGee
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What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Kumbaya?

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Kumbaya?

Contributing editor MICHAEL SIGMAN, surveying a raft of what he considers 'Kumbaya abuse,' says it's time to take the song back.
by David McGee
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America’s Shame, Japan’s Gain: An Animatronic Ray Charles

Well, it's happened. Japan has beaten America to the technology punch again, this time with an animatronic Ray Charles singing away outside Osaka Castle Park. But who's that man the box over in the corner?
by David McGee
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Beethoven Bids You a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A happy St. Patrick's Day to our Irish friends, with additional greetings in song from none other than Ludwig Van Beethoven, who wrote 72 settings of Irish songs for voice, violin, cello and piano. Enjoy a couple of those setti...
by David McGee
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