The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Refuses to Graduate from High School

My capacity for outrage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees has diminished exponentially over the years. Each year, at least one bland, banal act that changed nothing, affected nothing and put nothing at stake has been enshrined, further devaluing the hall the moment its name was called.

The Ting Tings Wreck Their Lives

Jules De Martino of The Ting Tings wants people to know that they’re a real band, not the creation of the pop machinery. “Everybody thinks that it was this attempt to be a manufactured pop band to make some money, but it wasn’t,” he says, “it” being their signature hit, “That’s Not My Name.” 

“It was us having a fucking good ol’ moan about how things are.”

Nile Rodgers and Prince Make Plans for Essence

[Updated] In his book Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny, Nile Rodgers tells the story of his ascent from guitarist in the house band at the Apollo to Chic--the biggest self-contained band of the disco era--to a successful career as a producer in the '80s, when he recorded David Bowie's Let's Dance

Prince, Womack, and the Essence of Essence

[Updated] I was sad to learn that soul legend Bobby Womack passed away Friday. I interviewed him for almost an hour before he played Jazz Fest this year. That story is online here, and in it he denies that he was living with Alzheimer's Disease, and contended that a reporter who didn't get a joke started that rumor.

This Week's Soundtrack

1. "Daylight" - Bobby Womack

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