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by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014


  Six years or so ago, the talented-but-phony street artist Shepard Fairey came up with the Obama Hope poster. It was everywhere, there were even websites where you could “hope-i-fy” your own image, and most of ...

I Will Swallow

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2014


  This week let’s tear down without building up. Let’s talk about U2. For years, U2 have been at the forefront of the idiot chatter about the evils of the Internet and downloading music. The band and especially ...


Understanding the Fappening

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2014


  Let’s talk about naked ladies on the Internet! You already know about the big “leak” of “personal” photographs of various (mostly) young actresses and you probably already have a strong opinion about it. As usual, ...

In the House

by Paul Rapp August 21, 2014


  Until fairly recently I didn’t get the whole house concert thing; at least I didn’t think it was for me. The idea of going to somebody’s home for a private concert struck me as something ...

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A Gamechanger and a False Alarm

by Paul Rapp July 23, 2014

Net Neutrality update: Well, the FCC received well over a million comments on its “Notice of Rulemaking” to consider ways to destroy the Internet. Last week so many comments were coming in that the FCC’s ...

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

After a two-year absence, I was able to get back to the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was delirious with excitement, as my previous visits had been about the most fun I’ve ever had. This time ...

Hell to the Redskins

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014


Hey, it’s been awhile! Sorry, extenuating circumstances every which-a-way . . . Anyway, there was all sorts of rejoicing a couple of weeks ago when a panel of administrative judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal ...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014


  1. Well, that was interesting. 2. Thank god for Tom Morello. It wasn’t a cookie-cutter show, that’s for sure. The Boss and band began the final week of their five-month “High Hopes” tour with a wild, ...


Digital Amnesia

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

  Well, the net neutrality crisis I talked about last time will take a long time to play out, but it’s sure started playing. A couple of weeks ago, it was leaked that FCC Chairman Thomas ...

Welcome to the Information Low-Way

by Paul Rapp May 1, 2014


  A little over two years ago we beat back SOPA/PIPA, legislation that would have allowed Big Media to control the Internet. The defeat was stunning. The bills were flying through corrupt and know-nothing congressional committees, ...

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 ...

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 ...

It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014


  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 ...


A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014


  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. ...

Let’s Litigate Like It’s 1999

by Paul Rapp February 6, 2014


  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 ...

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

by Paul Rapp January 30, 2014


  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 ...

I’m Afraid to Wash My Hair

by Paul Rapp January 23, 2014


  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 ...

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


  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 ...