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SCRATCH ACID live at Webster Hall, New York City; November 7th, 2011

Most musicians never start one good band, but Dave Yow and David Sims did it twice as charter members of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard. While each guy posses a singular vision of what it is that they do —Yow with his garbled manly warble and Sims with his intricate and implacable bass figures—they […]

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Making Sense of The Ellington Madness

No one has ever said that Duke Ellington sucked. People may not dig the Duke’s brand of musical mastery, but everyone gives the Duke his due. Never more so than in 1999—Ellington’s 100th birthday. RCA released a gargantuan 24-CD boxed set spanning Ellington’s 45 years with the label. Wynton Marsalis, proving to everyone to be […]