RIP Shawn Smith

A long ago friend hipped me to Brad’s first LP Shame in his mom’s basement back in 1993. It was this odd-looking basement, one that was finished but was furnished like it was 1975. Bright orange counter tops and cabinets with a faucet to wash the dishes dirtied at the key parties that probably took […]

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Dick Dale : 1937-2019

I suppose I owe Quentin Tarantino for exposing me to Dick Dale. Sure, I’d catch an earful of his swanky surf guitar playing as a kid sitting in my room listening to oldies 97.7 out of Elkhart, Indiana. But my first slap in the face from Dick Dale was “Miserlou” in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Hearing […]

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E.A. Pooman : 2012-2018

After over half a decade of writing about local northeast Indiana artists and general cranky indignation towards the outside world at large, I regret to inform you of the passing of music writer E.A. Poorman. He passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 6 and some odd months old. He wrote for the […]

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Stan Lee : 1922-2018

I grew up a kid that was sick a lot. At one point our family doctor told my mom that he thought I had Leukemia due to how often I’d been sick in my relatively short life of 4 years. My mom insisted he check me for allergies, so as to “humor” her he did […]

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Burt Reynolds : 1936-2018

Burt Reynolds was one of those guys that even though I never really thought of him as an actor I was particularly fond of or was enthralled by his work, he was ever present in my formative years. I grew up watching Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, The Longest Yard, Semi-Tough, and of course […]

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Richard Swift : 1977-2018

Photo by Larry Crane I won’t lay it on thick here, as I can’t say I’m a longtime fan of Richard Swift’s work. What I will say is that as a producer, Richard Swift produced three of the best sounding indie records in the last 10 years. His work with Damien Jurado on albums Maraqopa, […]

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