Monthly Archives: April 2013

An offhand review

Through the 90’s, at least, the appearance of the retro in the pop music of the day tended to manifest as a big flashing arrow pointing to a reference.  Not a lot of substance required.  Lennon glasses topping off some

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Piano, etc.

What if you could know everything there is to know about playing the piano in under an hour?

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Notes on Prog: Those Critics

The Hobbit Question is not the only issue raised by “Far From Useless, Far From Good: Marillion’s Script For a Jester’s Tear” , the article I mentioned in an earlier post.  From that article: Now, the post-punk consensus broke down a long

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standards

The funny people I know make a lot of really awful jokes.  Gratuitously filthy, overelaborate, overderivative.  Miscellaneous misjudgments; so many ways to fail.  Humor just has a really high failure rate.  This makes sense, since humor requires revolving its half-strategically, half-whimsically

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Horizon, Autumn 1967 (Part 2): Aristocrats and Upstarts

The picture above is captioned “Rasputin sits glowering amid a flock of upper-class ladies soon before his assassination in 1916” and it accompanies an article reinterpreting radically towards the positive Rasputin’s historical role. Not so much mad monk as charmingly

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Notes on Prog: Hobbits

How many hobbits are there in prog? This is a question brought to mind by a recent article inspired by the 30th anniversary of Marillion’s first album.  The article is thoughtful and funny, but, I think, rather wrong on a

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Horizon, Autumn 1967 (Part 1)

More reading material from my childhood.   Does anyone else remember Horizon magazine? A compelling example of ambitious middlebrow sincerity, something this blog may end up being largely devoted to (investigation/instantiation of). The Autumn 1967 issue is a nearly perfect exemplar

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