Category Archives: music

“Can I pass you the sensory assault?”: On Jay Brannan’s ‘Rob Me Blind’

Ninety seconds into┬áLa La La, a track from Jay Brannan’s new album Rob Me Blind, he suddenly veers into something approaching 2000’s college rock, when the lyrics take an aggressive turn. It’s an unexpected development from an artist I had … Continue reading

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Two’s A Trend

What a week it has been for casual coming-out stories. Tuesday CNN news anchor and daytime talkshow Anderson Cooper came out, and then a couple of days later R&B singer and songwriter Frank Ocean of Odd Couple set the Twitterverse … Continue reading

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“Hanson Day” Reflections

As May 6 is drawing to a close here in Norway, I just wanted to wish everybody a happy Hanson Day, and, while I’m at it, try to address some comments that have kept on tricklinf in over the years … Continue reading

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My 25 Favorite Bruce Springsteen Songs

The death last month of Clarence Clemons, the iconic sax player of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has affected me even more than I appreciated at the time. To sit down and listen intensely to Springsteen records wasn’t that much … Continue reading

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Gaga, Eurovisionary

Writing about it six weeks after its release, I feel way late to the party on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Not just because six weeks is like an eternity in a world where news cycles are measured in minutes, … Continue reading

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Clarence Clemons (1942-2011), An Appreciation

Big Man is no more. Clarence Clemons, a towering presence both in E Street Band mythology and in the distinct sound of Bruce Springsteen’s best and biggest records, has died, at 69. It’s an incredibly sad day for all lovers … Continue reading

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The Hanson of the ‘Best of 5’ DVD

This week, I received my second copy of Hanson’s Shout It Out. Sure, It wasn’t because I’d worn out my first copy (although, if I still played CDs, I’m sure that could’ve been a distinct possibility.) No, the occasion was … Continue reading

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