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I Wanna Live With the Digital Girl

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2014

  Neil Young has long railed against digital music, particularly MP3s. He once observed that listening to an MP3 was like looking through a screen that only allowed one color through each hole. And of course ...

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Everything That Rises Must Settle

by Paul Rapp March 20, 2014

  Well, lookie here. The other day I was loathing having to write this column this week. A combo of late-winter malaise, persistent sickness, and catastrophic car trouble had reduced my spirits to a level even ...

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It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014

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  Last week, Saratoga Springs blogger John Tighe (Saratoga in Decline) was arrested on child-porn charges. His computers had been seized by the New York State Police five months ago as part of an investigation about ...

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A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014

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  You probably saw something about this fly by over the weekend. You thought “huh?” and moved on to more productive things. Yes, I’m talking about the “Dumb Starbucks” store that opened briefly in Los Angeles. ...

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Let’s Litigate Like It’s 1999

by Paul Rapp February 6, 2014

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  Prince continued his purple reign of terror against his fans last week when he hauled off and sued 20-plus people, most of whom were identified only by their online handles, for posting links to places ...

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

by Paul Rapp January 30, 2014

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  Charles Bradley’s bio is something out of a storybook. Homeless as a teenager, then itinerant, working as a cook and janitor for most of his life, he was discovered by Daptone Records in the early ...

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I’m Afraid to Wash My Hair

by Paul Rapp January 23, 2014

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  So, did President Obama’s speech about NSA spying put your fears to rest? Me neither. I heard most of it in the car. He sounded nervous, overly careful in his choices of words, and thoroughly ...

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Bettye LaVette

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  One of the many great things about Club Helsinki is its ability get folks to play who have no business playing a club. Such is the case with Bettye Lavette, who, while often categorized as ...

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  GODDAMN! I could really just stop there. A couple years ago I caught Trombone Shorty opening for Bootsy Collins at the Montreal Jazz Festival. I didn’t know anything about him. At the time, I wrote “Trombone Shorty ...

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Like Somebody’s Watching Me (and You)

by Paul Rapp January 9, 2014

  Edward Snowden and the NSA. For years I’ve been writing about the privacy train leaving the station, but even at my most cynical I couldn’t have imagined how bad things had become. And though the ...

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Yellin’ of Troy

by Paul Rapp December 12, 2013

  Well, well, well. Copyright issues rarely rise above blog chatter and me bitchin’ about things here. Rarely do they take center stage in a significant public forum. But lookie here! Troy represents! The Night Before Christmas ...

Fight for Your Right to Advertise

by Paul Rapp November 27, 2013

  Sorry I missed the last two columns. There have been gnarly litigation deadlines and some armed insurrections up the mountain. I’m now in a strange sort of exile, operating out of a safe house with ...

Omaha Diner

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2013

  What a concept: a quartet of modern ace jazzbos doing nothing but interpretations of number-one hits. What’s not to like? Absolutely nothin’! The combo consisted of Helsinki’s monster drummer-in-residence Bobby Previte, the guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter, ...

Sad Old Scene

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2013

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  I haven’t seen the CBGBs movie yet, which makes this a perfect time to discuss it. I just learned that it was available as a pay-per-view on DirectTV for the entire month of September. Nice ...

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Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck

by Paul Rapp October 9, 2013

  There are some shows one just does not miss. And if this sounds like an odd pairing, well, it was. And it was magical in all sorts of ways. First up: Brian Wilson, or rather 11 ...

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Charlie Everywhere

by Paul Rapp October 3, 2013

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  Big congratulations to Phantogram’s Josh and Sarah on the release of their teaser EP on Barsuk/Universal (the full album will drop soon), their song placement in (1) that ubiquitous Gillette teevee commercial and (2) the ...

Cable Hopping

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2013

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  This is the 200th Rapp On This. Damn. It seems like just yesterday that I marked No. 100. Strangely, though, it seems like eons ago that Steve called and asked if I’d consider writing a ...

Dream Under Lock and Key

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2013

  Last time, we were talking about the Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye’s children debacle, and I mentioned that it was disturbing to see a dead creator’s kids wielding a big stick and abusing intellectual property laws in ...

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Nick Lowe

by Paul Rapp August 28, 2013

  I’ve been telling everyone within earshot how much better Nick Lowe was at Helsinki last week than he was two years ago at the Linda. Then I dug out my review of that show, discovered ...

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Blurred Law

by Paul Rapp August 22, 2013

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  “Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family” makes for a great headline, doesn’t it? It brings to mind the sad and shameful legacy of white exploitation of black music and musicians: Pat Boone doing “Tutti Frutti”! ...

It’s Getting Better

by Paul Rapp August 7, 2013

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  Since early 2005, I’ve been popping up here more or less every other week and complaining about something or other having to do with the law, information, and technology. There’s never a lack of things ...

Royalty Pains in the Ass

by Paul Rapp July 25, 2013

  The digital revolution changed everything about the business of music. Suddenly, anybody with time and a little patience can record something and present it to the world. Like, for free. That’s pretty staggering. Why, back ...

Cease and Desist 101

by Paul Rapp June 26, 2013

  One very funny bit blew through the web last week involving a cease and desist letter from the town of West Orange, N.J., trying to wrest the domain name “westorange.info” away from a blogger. The ...

Spying Games

by Paul Rapp June 13, 2013

  ’Spose I have to write about this NSA spying mess, right? I shudder at the thought. I’ve only been following it casually and even the conflicting headlines make my brain hurt. It’s a huge story, ...

Turn It Upside-Down

by Paul Rapp May 29, 2013

  The Internet blowed up real good last week over a dispute between Vermont’s Magic Hat brewery and West Sixth Brewing Company, a small brewery in Lexington, Ky. Seems that about a year ago West Sixth ...

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