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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 29, 2015 8 comments
For famously civilized and jaded New York City, the crowd at the resplendent Beacon Theatre is uncommonly involved. Loud requests, many in tangled liquor dialects, boom from the balcony:

"'REDNECK FRIEND'!"

Onstage, Jackson Browne smiles and shakes his head.

"'COCAINE'!"

"I could do that, but it would have to be the rehab version." [crowd roars]

"'FOR A DANCER'!"

Oh, wait—I'm yelling that.

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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2 comments
After the death of the label’s biggest star Otis Redding in December 1967 (damn those small planes!)...
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 0 comments
And so what really were the great Stax/Volt albums after 1968?
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3 comments
The whole idea of jazz “singles” seems a little absurd.
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Robert Baird Posted: Jan 02, 2015 0 comments
It’s the day after the office Christmas party and yet Bloodshot Records founder Rob Miller gamely agreed to have a chat.

“Our party’s been at the same Mexican restaurant for the past 19 years and I have an incredible superstition that if the bar tab is not bigger than the food tab then we’ve had a bad year.”

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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3 comments
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 12, 2014 7 comments
Clearly, the concept of overexposure never enters Dave Grohl's mind.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 05, 2014 4 comments
“Jessica,” played by sideman Led Dudek, has launched a thousand air guitar solos.
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Robert Baird Posted: Dec 05, 2014 0 comments
Let someone else mind your credit cards and PayPal password whilst you browse.
Robert Baird Posted: Nov 25, 2014 Published: Dec 01, 2014 4 comments
James Brown: Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris, 1971
Polydor/Sundazed 5470 (3 LPs). 2014. James Brown, prod., mix; Ron Lenhoff, eng., mix; Bob Irwin, mastering. AAA.? TT: 92:50
Performance *****
Sonics ***½

In the one scene in the new James Brown biopic, Get On Up, that's actually about his music, JB, who began his career in music as a drummer, tells his horn section to "sound like a drum." It also shows him being dictatorial and harsh, traits that contributed to his losing several bands' worth of key musicians over the years. Perched on the edge of such a precipice were the shows in Paris, at the Olympia Theatre, in March 1971, one of which was recorded by King Records.

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