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10 reasons why you should care about Ike Turner

When most people hear of Ike Turner, they immediately think of Tina Turner’s abusive ex-husband, and maybe Laurence Fishburne. The truth is that Tina’s 1993 biopic,  What’s Love Got to Do with It, cemented Ike’s reputation as a drug-crazed wifebeater. In 2006, thirteen years after the picture was released, Ike Turner—along with Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger and…

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Best albums of 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favourite albums of the year. I used to have a hard time narrowing my list down to a top 10, but in recent years I’ve had an even harder time picking three new releases that blew me away.…

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He Said, She Said: The best male/female musical collaborations

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing rock albums for Puluche.com, a fantastic, newly launched music site that explores the world of Rock music from an educational perspective. My most recent review was David Byrne and St. Vincent‘s excellent new collaborative album, Love This Giant (Read review here). I thought it was one of the…

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Ain’t Nothing Like the Live Thing

I recently celebrated my 31st birthday and decided to spoil myself with the most expensive vinyl record purchase of my collection: the Grateful Dead’s Live/Dead album, mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 grams high-definition vinyl. I had never really been a big Dead fan in my younger days. I now know I was…