‘Music’ Category Archives

29
Aug

Steely Dan: King of the World

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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“Any man left on the Rio Grande / Is the king of the world / As far as I know”

It’sĀ almostĀ a cliche to draw attention to the contrast between Steely Dan’s slick, smooth musical arrangement and the darkness of their lyrics. Still, they have fewer songs quite as dark as “King of the World,” a first-person narrative about a man living through man’s final days. As our Dear Leader begins to contemplate action against Syria AKA tip toe toward the tulips of World War 3, what better song is there to pick back up in my ongoing series about the Dan?

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21
Jun

Top 8 Twofer: Last Week and Spring 2013

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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It’s a convergence and I don’t feel like waiting a day to share it. You get the last week and all of spring. Let’s start with the latter.

You know the drill: Comments and more under the cut.

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15
Jun

Top 8: Flag Day Edition

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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Another week, another no blog except for this. I’m wondering if giving this a theme or themes might help to keep me on topic. You’ll doubtless be glad to hear that I’m writing, I’m just not writing blogs… not here, anyway.

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17
May

Top 8 — May 17, 2013

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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I love when my top eight looks like this: Different bands with a lot of plays. Some thoughts and my top 30 under the cut.

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10
May

Top 8 — May 10, 2013

by Nicholas Pell in Music

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Didn’t listen to a ton of music this week, apparently, but I did listen to a surprising number of my favorite bands. Some brief thoughts under the cut.

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