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  • Jack Johnson: Waxing Profoundly!

    September 17, 2013 1:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As you may know, since we’re now in the post-Labor Day period of the year—when students, laden with parent-money, return to college and are looking to establish their credentials as hipsters by buying the best and most fashionable music, when the new TV season starts and everybody gears up to experience the year as a media event only now unfolding—this is when the big stuff arrives. So it would make sense that the week’s newest releases would lean toward the intellect...  | More »

  • Nine Inch Nails It!

    September 4, 2013 2:15 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Lately pop music might best be enjoyed as an all-at-once phenomenon. Forget about what’s happening now: Why not pick up the complete works of Harry Nilsson and Paul Simon for something of a song, all in preparation for the Q4 gift-giving season? How about new box sets profiling Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait, Van Morrison’s Moondance, or the Band’s Rock Of Ages, all in expanded form? And then there’s that pesky new stuff! It is indeed a conundrum. As good as the ne...  | More »

  • Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dylan!

    August 27, 2013 6:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I find it mildly ironic that in 2013, a year that I’d classify as quite good when it comes to the number of fine new albums being released, MTV can celebrate its big night via a ceremony celebrating the very worst music has to offer. That’s because I forgot MTV existed! That said, Sunday night’s awards gala was still something of an eye-opener. Though I’d assumed stop-motion animation wizard Ray Harryhausen had died earlier this year, his apparent final work—in...  | More »

  • Take This Job And Buffett!

    August 20, 2013 6:05 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    In one of the most unusual weeks of this otherwise dreary summer, the fates have conspired to release an admirable array of actual fine new albums when—let’s be real—most of us have simply given up on music overall and have now moved onto tennis, golf, or staring into the mirror and watching our eyes water! And most of them not only look but sound good! So rather than biting our collective lips and pondering the implications of our simply not caring about the music release...  | More »

  • Worth A Luke!

    August 13, 2013 5:50 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Like most music writers, I base my entire personal life on each week’s new record releases! And since—if I may be blunt—nothing especially good was coming out in these first few weeks of August, I decided to skip last week’s blog, drive up to San Francisco to find myself, and then come back this week and cover two weeks at once! And now I’m back, tanned, rested and ready! Unfortunately, the record industry was apparently keeping the same schedule! So here are...  | More »

  • Thicke Not Thin!

    July 30, 2013 5:00 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As an upbeat, largely positive music writer, I’m not above feeling occasional twinges of insecurity about whether…well, whether…I’m losing it! Which is just one major reason I‘m so grateful today’s social media scene keeps me on my toes! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank reader Grant Haygood, who, courtesy of Twitter, this week noted: “@DaveDiMartino Your snarky cynicism really bummed me out. Try smoking a bowl before listening t...  | More »

  • Selena Gomez Gives “It” Up!

    July 23, 2013 6:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s admittedly been a long time since I wrote this blog on the occasion of a Royal Birth! My last, back in 1982, was little read--since of course the Internet didn’t officially exist at the time, and few of my forward-looking readers actually ­cared whether Judas Priest’s Screaming For Vengeance was any good! They just wanted to know what “blog” was short for! Dopes! Still, on this historic day in 2013, I’d like offer my best wishes to the Royal Fami...  | More »

  • Unrest For the Wicked!

    July 16, 2013 5:34 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Anyone who declares that the past week wasn’t an eventful one for pop music doesn’t realize that: 1) England’s exciting Wireless festival recently featured appearances by Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and other famous people! 2) Thom Yorke of Radiohead and his good friend Nigel Godrich said nasty things about our beloved Spotify! 3) The upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival, set for Las Vegas in September, just announced its stunning line-up! 4) Charismatic pop singer ...  | More »

  • Jay-Z’s Masterwork: It’s Also Audible!

    July 9, 2013 6:40 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It’s an absolutely fantastic week for those among us who are sociologically minded! And for those of us inclined to note the rich get richer while the poor get poorer! Or to translate in good ol’, plain English: Why is it the week’s most fascinating new releases will either be enormously popular and, perhaps coincidentally horrendous--or sell in the lower double-digits and be remarkably good? Give up? Because to quote my good friend—and indeed I hope yours—Bil...  | More »

  • So What’s The Big Deal?

    July 2, 2013 5:50 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I’d like to offer the most cutting-edge and astute music criticism possible here—in fact, I’d always like to do that—but sadly without the appropriate cellphone in my hand, I’m not able to review Jay-Z’s latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Word is the album will be available to Samsung Galaxy owners via an app this coming July 4th, though the rest of us—the ones who don’t own Samsung phones, apparently—will have to wait a few days for t...  | More »

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