Dan Strachota

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  • 9 years ago

    In the five years since the release of the last Coup album, Party Music, there have been enough high-octane political scandals to power the space shuttle. The poorly reasoned Iraq war, illegal spying tactics, Plamegate, the torture photos of Abu G...

  • 9 years ago

    I am one of those annoying people who, for the most part, like a band's earlier work more. Especially in this modern, accelerated era, where everything seems to have the half-life of a mutant atom, I find that many artists don't have the staying p...

  • 10 years ago

    Plenty of people out there are under the impression that Fiona Apple is, well, nuts -- but nothing could be further from the truth. Take the memorable words she delivered at the 1997 MTV Music Video Awards: "This world is bullshit. Don't model you...

  • 10 years ago

    I hate the Grateful Dead. I've always hated the Grateful Dead. Numerous times over my lifetime, people have tried to get me to appreciate the band, with little success. The interminable solos, the dope-smoking-moron lyrics, the ridiculous ambient ...

  • 11 years ago

    Luaka Bop's third volume in this series -- following discs devoted to Brazil's Os Mutantes and California's Shuggie Otis -- is subtitled "The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa." That's a far better descriptor than "world psychedelia," because, whi...

  • 11 years ago

    The Concretes were reportedly named after the most prevalent building material in their hometown of Stockholm. A better moniker for the symphonic pop band might've been the Delicate Flowers. Or Thrift Store Ski Lodge. Or Sexy Mumbling Epics. On it...


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