Covers Review: Converting Magnificence Into Sufficiency

If Chan Marshall's 11th album included all of Cat Power's songs in their original form, it would be a fantastic playlist. It would be genre-spanning, taking in everything from forgotten classics (country superstar Kitty Wells' It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels) to beloved classics (Nico's These Days), from obscure numbers by obscure artists […]

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Irreversible Brain Taint from Segregation: Leo Nocentelli

Leo Nocentelli is impossible to pin down. When I ask how the renowned funk guitarist's astonishing solo record Another Side came to be published after 50 years in obscurity, he gives me the whole tale in a seven-minute monologue, but I can't confirm his age. "It's not important," he adds, his Louisiana accent thick as […]

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Arranger for Christmas Ad Accused of Mimicking Electric Dreams

This year's John Lewis Christmas campaign is at the center of a controversy when a small-known band accused the corporation of plagiarizing their arrangement for its main song. The arrangement of Philip Oakey and Georgio Moroder's 1985 electro-pop hit Together in Electric Dreams, which is included in John Lewis' new commercial Unexpected Guest, by the […]

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