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  • Sinéad O’Connor: In Conversation 2007
    This interview with Sinéad O’Connor took place at La Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood on June 18, 2007. She was in Los Angeles to promote her eighth album, Theology (which was released the day the interview took place), and to play an acoustic show at the intimate Silent Movie Theatre the following day.
  • Nuggets 4Ever
    Nuggets has come to be regarded as one of the most essential, influential compilations of the last century. One element that sets it apart, given the era in which it was assembled, is the fact that it didn’t set out to be a greatest hits of anyone or anything. And while the billing as “Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968” suggests that it surveys a particular type of music, that’s not really the case.
  • The Cure in the Hall of Fame
    A review of “Three Imaginary Boys,” the Cure’s debut album, ran in the Melody Maker of May 12th, 1979, under the headline ‟The Eighties Start Here.” In England, the magnificent fury of ’77 punk rock was already being consigned to cliché: The best bands were off to new stylistic adventures, and the ones they inspired into existence were moving even further afield.
  • Flashback: Liz Phair 1993
    On May 13, 1993, working on a “new faces” assignment for Rolling Stone, I had the occasion to speak with Liz Phair over the phone, shortly before the release — 30 years ago now — of her debut album, an instant classic which became a touchstone for a generation of indie rockers.
  • Who d’ King of the Whole Wide World? Bun E. Carlos!
    “I was always Bun, from the time I was 4. Tom started calling me Bunny in Philadelphia, and that kind of stuck. I made it an initial E. I adopted a stage name so the band didn’t sound like a bunch of Swedes. I changed Carlson to Carlos. If I would have known we were going to be famous I never would have picked Carlos.”
Quick Takes

Swansea Sound: “Twentieth Century”
Ira Robbins podcast interviews
Walden Pink
Arthur Brown Is Back!
Colored Vinyl: A Chronological Survey
French indie rock pix
The Beatles. Really?

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