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Tony Wilson 6/26/2007

Nothing but the Factory In the City founder Tony Wilson on sex, lies, and rock ‘n roll From the very first seconds of proto-rave history flick 24 Hour Party People, actor Steve Coogan, playing Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, declares, “I’m a minor player in my own life story.” The real Wilson is rarely so modest, […]

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INTERVIEW: Michael Moore Ain't a Sicko, but He did Give Me a Cold

Writhing in bed, I snort as my chest convulses, snot dripping on the sheets. This is the flu that Michael Moore gave me. No mixed metaphor here, the man fielded questions and criticisms and managed to maintain his, sharp dry wit, all while coughing on this lowly reporter. His politics are like a disease (this […]

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INTERVIEW: Bill Maher thinks American’s are gluttonous pigs

It’s 6 a.m., way past bedtime. He’d like to lie down, but instead Bill Maher pours over another page of scathing commentary. As long as Americans are idiots, Maher will have plenty of work to do, at least that’s the way he sees it. His days of ticking away the hours with celebrities and big-name […]

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Virtue Roulette at the Outrage Emporium

On Dave Chappelle and why we can't cherry-pick the fruits of intersectionality

In today’s virtue roulette at the outrage emporium, we on the left are engaged in the inane act of cherry picking lines from comedian Dave Chappelle’s new special, The Closer, to support the argument that, when it comes to comedy and critique, vulnerable groups ought to be immune. In the special, Chappelle levels brutal attacks […]

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A Ventilator Story

Into the ether with the Beepy Muck Muck Blues

I was on a ventilator once, so close to dying that they actually called a chaplain in (it’s been 10 years but you can still see the cleft in my throat from my tracheostomy). The doctors told my family to rush back to the hospital, that this really could be it. I, meanwhile, floated in […]

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Texas **Squirrel**            Abortion **Squirrel**              Roe v. Wade **Squirrel**

... or why the Left needs to stop playing whack-a-mole and actually do something about abortion

HEY….. YOU….. FOCUS!  Remember all the cynical, tragically effective “let’s trigger libs” trolling of the Trump era? The bad faith chatter isn’t abating, but…. exhale … it’s no longer coming from a place of power. Even a modicum of focus would allow the left to set the agenda in a way that ensures priorities (including […]

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Anti-Vaxxers Are Killers and Cowards, and It's Time Tell Them That

I’ve been trying to stay out of the Social Media rabbit hole in the last few weeks, but as my city (and my store) head back into a completely avoidable lockdown, the anti-vax memes are feeling especially acidic. That frustration is compounded by the overwhelmingly clear evidence that areas with higher vaccine rates are experiencing […]

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A Note from Wax Atlas' Owner RE RSD

This is the full text of a flyer that I gave out to my customers on RSD 6/12/21. Each was signed by me. Wax Atlas owner Andy Phillips here, adopting the first person to say what an utter dream it is to be part of such a vibrant, supportive, collaborative, and caring record community. Baltimore […]

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Lift the Spirit. Psych the Soul: Wax Atlas Celebrates Soul, Jazz, and Spirituality in the 70s

With far-reaching jazz and soul excursions, 60s artists like John Coltrane and Sun Ra laid the groundwork for a new kind of Black representation in art. They rejected European norms, creating innovative soundtracks for a more afro-positive future. By 1970 Free Jazz, Funk and Psych had become mainstays of both pop and the avant-garde underground, […]

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Advice to a Young Music Critic

EXCERPT FROM: “What’s the Write Word: 100 Music Writers offer advice to aspiring critics…” To make it as a music critic, you need to consume music at a psychotic pace. Not forever, but definitely for now. Being a music writer isn’t the same as being a music fan. When I was starting out, I would […]

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