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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Michael Jackson's Zombiefied Pop, and the Wanderings of Tricky

In Print: Michael Jackson's Zombiefied Pop, and the Wanderings of Tricky

MJ's new album: Michael promises 10 tracks of zombiefied pop, Thriller come (back) to life. According to the official Jackson website, the album is a work of "newly completed recordings." This means Michael is a compilation of outtakes and rehashes primped…
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Music, Hear This Sean Smith: Show Preview

Sean Smith: Show Preview

An unironic sweetness is at the heart of most Christmas music — just think of "Joy to the World" and "Deck the Halls." Even the more sober tunes, like "Silent Night" or "Little Drummer Boy," are catchy, straightforward, and wholly…
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Music, Hear This Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Berkeley resident Sean Smith and the U.K.'s James Blackshaw are part of the underground acoustic guitar network, descending stylistically from American iconoclast John Fahey. Like Fahey, Smith and Blackshaw mostly perform unaccompanied, have tremendous technique that serves the music instead…
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Music, Berkeley-Bound

Berkeley-Bound

In the mid-'60s, the phrase "Berkeley guitar" was essentially synonymous with the late John Fahey — the iconic Takoma Records founder who devised the mystical "American Primitive" style (complex fingerpicking and unique tunings merging Appalachian folk and early blues with…
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