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The Meters

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Five Songs, 9/14/2022

Judy and the Loadies, "I'm Not Drunk" I am, Judy and the Loadies! Lambchop, "Steve McQueen" I've poked fun at some artists for cloying strings, but somehow Lambchop's syrupy approach to same never bothers me. I suppose the reliably languid pace of things probably makes...

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Five Songs, 7/18/2022

Polyrhythmics, "Lord of the Fries" A repeat! New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, "Call Me" It seems like a concept that would be kind of evergreen - ska up some jazz standards, add a few originals, off you go. But somehow, it had diminishing returns? Each album...

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Five Songs, 4/9/2022

Eddie Floyd, "My Girl" The soul artists of the 60s and 70s went ahead and just covered each other, including even covering truly huge songs. Songs don't really get bigger than "My Girl", but that didn't stop Eddie Floyd here, who was no slouch himself....

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Five Songs, 3/13/2022

Yo-Yo Ma, "Suite no. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010: I. Prélude" These pieces, which come up occasionally, really don't make a lot of sense in isolation. Shuffle is good at some things - surprises, shaking up your routine, serendipity - but is bad at...