Bob Mack

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The Great Pig in the Sky

Recently I could’ve had dinner with Joe Strummer -- indeed, should‘ve leapt at the opportunity to eat with one of The Artists Formerly Known As ”The Only Band That Matters.“ And yet I declined. Why? Because I’m an idiot. But I didn‘t make the scene for another reason: because Joe......
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Latter-day Speedwagon

The other day I had lunch in Montrose with Ken (older, quieter, a “just-a-pinch-between-your-cheek-and-gum” Walt Garrison drawl) and Scott (younger, squirrelier, a staccato quasi stutter) of the successful techno combo the Crystal Method, whose 1997 debut wiggled its way into numerous movies, TV ads, even video games, and whose new......
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Stud on the Tracks

By Moses Berkson Recently I went to Portland, Oregon, and met with Stephen Malkmus, formerly head honcho of Pavement, currently the subject of too many articles ballyhooing his eponymous solo debut. And although the great philosopher William Drayton once said, “Don’t believe the hype,” in this one instance, by all......

There’s Something About Geddy

What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy (”I know him, and he does!“) Well, you‘re my fact-checkin’ cuz. --Pavement, ”Stereo“ When pressed about this more enigmatic than usual lyric, Pavement‘s Stephen Malkmus denied that it......
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Where Eagles Dare

Although the ancient philosopher Mojo Nixon maintained that “Don Henley must die,” I for one am glad that the once but not necessarily future Eagle will turn 53 next month and will also be performing at Universal Amphitheater on July 15th and 16th. Perhaps it’s because the Eagles‘ Their Greatest......
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Bring the Sauce

PRE(R)AMBLE Prior to interviewing Mike D for this piece, my friend and one-time employer set forth some "terms and conditions," namely, that I correct a few errors I've made in writing about him in the past, such as: 1) AdRock did not play the beat on "Pass the Mic," as......
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