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Learn To Play Guitar In Ten Easy Lessons!

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Jimi HendrixSo you just picked up a second-hand Stratocaster, and a Fender Champ to go along with it, and you’re all ready to play at the local Go-Go bar, are you? Well, before you rush out the door, you might want to take a minute to take a look at what these masters have to show you. We borrowed the top ten list from David Fricke - but the song choices are all ours. Just make sure that if a stranger approaches you and offers to make you the best player ever, you know what the terms of the deal are before you sign on the dotted line…

Duane Allman — Whipping Post
B.B. King — The Thrill Is Gone
Eric Clapton — Layla
Robert Johnson — Kind Hearted Woman Blues
Chuck Berry — Roll Over Beethoven
Stevie Ray Vaughan — Texas Flood
Ry Cooder — Dark End of the Street
Jimmy Page — White Summer/Black Mountain Side
Keith Richards — Locked Away

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Hear the Dogg Roar

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Snoop LionAs you might have heard, Snoop Dogg is now in the process of becoming Snoop Lion, the reincarnation of Bob Marley, y’all. And while you might wonder whether some unripe ackee fruit accidentally made it into Snoop’s stash, Rohan Marley (Bob’s son) has blessed his quest. So sit back and get in touch with your inner Rastafarian, while we spin some tunes that have influenced Snoop’s latest joint:

Bob Marley — Iron Lion Zion
Bob Marley — Could You Be Loved
Snoop Dogg — Gin & Juice (2006)
Snoop Dogg — Gin & Juice (2011)
Snoop Dogg — Gin & Juice (2012)
Diplo (feat. Nicky Da B) — Express Yourself
Major Lazer (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors) — Get Free
Lee “Scratch” Perry — Roast Fish And Cornbread
King Tubby (feat. Augustus Pablo) — King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown
Massive Attack & Mad Professor — Radiation Ruling The Nation

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A Golden Jubilee

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Beach BoysFifty stellar years have gone by and it’s time to celebrate! What? No, we don’t mean the Kennedy Space Center — we mean the Beach Boys, of course! The band is back together, on tour, and just released a new album. And if you need a bit of help catching up with the last five decades of song, well, we’re only too glad to lend a hand:

409
Surfin’ USA
In My Room
Fun, Fun, Fun
I Get Around
Help Me, Rhonda
California Girls
Pet Sounds
Good Vibrations
Surf’s Up

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Opera Lives Through HD

Monday, May 28th, 2012

La Scala Di SetaThe introduction of live HD broadcasts has quite literally transformed the world of opera overnight. Theaters that are broadcasting have seen an increase in in-theatre audience numbers, remote locations without a hope of ever hosting a local company are seeing for the first time world-class productions, and — perhaps most important of all if opera is not to become a museum curio — younger audiences are being wooed and successfully seduced. So let’s ignore the usual chorus of reactionary naysayers, and look at some excerpts from recent productions that illustrate the power of the medium:

John Adams — Nixon in China
Alban Berg — Lulu
Benjamin Britten — Billy Budd
Leos Janacek — The Makropulos Case
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — The Magic Flute
Giacomo Puccini — La Bohème
Giuseppe Verdi — Otello
Giuseppe Verdi — Simon Boccanegra
Richard Wagner — Tristan and Isolde

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Ry Cooder Slide

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Ry CooderA recent article in Pitchfork highlighted the solo careers of the “L.A. Weirdos” — Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Van Dyke Parks. A well-deserved profile, no doubt — but where’s the love for their frequent studio partner, slide guitarist Ry Cooder? Let’s fix this omission — here are some highlights from Ry’s solo career — and if you want to hear some more, check out his latest album:

Available Space
Vigilante Man
If Walls Could Talk
Fool for a Cigarette
Little Sister
Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile
Paris, Texas
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
Going Back To Okinawa
No Banker Left Behind

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