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NAMM 2014: A Look Back

by John M. Borack “Everybody’s a dreamer/everybody’s a star/and everybody’s in showbiz/it doesn’t matter who you are” – Ray Davies These prescient lyrics from the Kinks’ “Celluloid Heroes” could easily serve as something of a mantra for many attendees at …

“We Hope You Will Enjoy the Show”

I was busy at work on a sunny Monday afternoon in late January when I got the call; friends visiting from Texas had an extra ticket available for the taping of The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to …

Top 20 Releases of 2013

by John M. Borack A bit overdue with this, but here ’tis… 1. The Yum Yums – …play good music These merry popsters from Norway have been serving up hot ‘n’ fresh slabs of bubblegummy punk for more than 20 …

Reviews: The Paley Brothers and John Brodeur

by John M. Borack   The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings Real Gone Music (RGM-0182) Grade: ***** One of the many pop acts that never cashed in on the promise of their “next big thing” status, the Paley Brothers certainly …

Review: Jack Mittleman’s “English River”

by John M. Borack Jack Mittleman – English River (Spinning Records) I was introduced to Jack Mittleman’s music a few months ago by our mutual friend Nelson Bragg (percussionist for Brian Wilson’s band), who asked if I’d be interested in …