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RIP Eddie Van Halen

So, I am thankful I chose to go see Van Halen by myself at MSG, in 2012, when no one else wanted to go with me. This time, when it comes to Eddie, I have no regrets. Today, spin your Van Halen records. Remember the legend.

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Saying Goodbye to Reggae’s Ambassador, Toots Hibbert

Toots combined the raspy soulful howl of the Soul giants he loved, with the local music he heard around his home in Jamaica. Today we classify Toots & The Maytals as Reggae and early Ska, but at the time, no one really knew what to call it.

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Women Who Rock

There is a common misconception that men dominate the Rock scene. It’s not true. Women have long co-dominated the Rock scene. The real issue is that they simply aren’t properly acknowledged for their achievements.

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The Endless River: The Musical Genius of Bob Ezrin

“Some of the greatest records ever made wouldn’t have been made without a producer’s input. You’d be foolish to ignore the opportunity that a good producer will provide.”

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Vaporwave: Audiovisual Art Via Nostalgia

Vaporwave is what they call a micro-genre. At least that’s how it started out. If I was forced to reduce it down to its most simplistic form, then I suppose you would file it under “Electronic,” but Vaporwave is anything but simplistic.

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Billy Joel: Long Island Origins as Defined by the Piano Man

Billy Joel is a staple of Long Island. So much so, that I believe most of us actually, and sadly take him for granted. While it’s true that Billy has a massive global fan base, in my travels I have come to find that he does not garner the same appreciation in all areas of the country as he does here on Long Island.

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New Adventures at High Fidelity

High Fidelity was definitely a small, and dusty shop, but from the moment I stepped in – I loved it. I couldn’t remember ever seeing so much vinyl in one place. Truthfully, before I stepped in it, it had never occurred to me what the shop might look like, let alone that it would be packed to the gills with records.

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A Poseur’s Dream: Vultures and FOMO in an Age of Unreason

Records stores make next to nothing on new vinyl. They are basically strong armed into buying all this product, or they will be left out of the party and have no one in their store on a day that was supposed to be all about them.

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Top-5 Most Underrated Guitarists

In our consumer culture, it’s all too easy to take in what is shoved in front of us without ever really questioning it. Time and time again, we see various “experts” working for one publication or another churning out lists of the “greatest of all time.”

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Taylor Swift’s Transition

Generally speaking, women are “allowed” to love Taylor Swift, and men can only like her “ironically.” I personally have never liked her “ironically.” I’ve always liked her music genuinely, and found her to be a very talented Pop artist. I liked her as a person, and I enjoyed the things she stood for.

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