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27 Jennifers

November 29, 2013 by

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(I grew up with a bunch of Lisas, but then the Jennifers took over.) 27 Jennifers Jennifer Juniper Jennifer Lost the War Jennifer’s Veil Zachary and Jennifer C’mon Little Jenny Little Jenny Dow Jenny Take a Ride 867-5309 Poor Jenny Portrait of Jennie Jennie Dreamed of Trains Jenny Was a Friend of Mine My Last […]

Cities in Rock 6: In the Vicinity of Little Falls, MN; or, Toward a General Theory of Rockin’

October 10, 2013 by

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I used to play with a drummer from Little Falls, Minnesota (“where the Mississippi pauses”). It was in this country band led by a singer-songwriter, in support of her studio musician-recorded CD. He was a solid guy, solid drummer. Good sense of time, no flash, terrible crush on the singer. He was driving a lot […]

How to Play Free Jazz

September 24, 2013 by

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First of all, free jazz isn’t free, and it isn’t jazz. Also, I can’t teach you how to play it. What I can do is offer some reflection on my own developing practice as a way to encourage you to think about yours. I don’t know who first used the phrase “free jazz” to describe […]

Little Billboards #21–30

September 13, 2013 by

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Little Billboards #21-30 New posts coming this weekend. Thanks for reading!

Cities in Rock 4: Heston, Wallington, and Ripley, Southwest of London, U.K.

August 17, 2013 by

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I’ve been making an empirical study of the nature of classic rock. Assuming that stations with “Q” in their call letters are straightforwardly canonical, I have been looking over the playlists and trying to derive, a la Northrup Frye, the qualities that make classic rock classic rock. Like any genre, I realize that no particular […]

Cities in Rock 3: Rockford

July 19, 2013 by

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I spent a recent Sunday afternoon denying the rowdy street festival happening three floors down, until I heard this drummer warming up on the street corner, emulating staccato jazz runs with accented snare hits and choked cymbals. Whoever was on the kit had his shit together. I took my coffee and went to check this […]

Coker’s Para-Philosophical Advice #3

July 15, 2013 by

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Eunoia Solstice offers a column that gives you a chance to have your questions answered–or perhaps only thought about– by a practicing philosopher. Send your questions to cokersadvice at gmail dot com.* It’s rumored that you were seen slam dancing at several Black Flag shows in the ’80s. Is this true? What are you listening to […]