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Domo Arigato, Miss Roboto

May 29, 2010 in Audiophile by David Stout

If you’re anything like me, your first inclination will be to roll your eyes when you hear the gonzo sci-fi narrative that drives “The ArchAndroid,” (out now on Bad Boy/Wondaland) [...]

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The sounds of summer

May 1, 2010 in Audiophile by David Stout

We’re now firmly ensconced in top-down, cruising the main drag, lying out by the pool weather which means it’s time to break out the bright, shiny music to match. Here’s [...]

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Off the beaten path

March 6, 2010 in Audiophile by David Stout

Musically, man should not live by mainstream bread alone. A well-rounded, nourishing diet ought to include regular servings of artists who don’t make the cover of Rolling Stone and albums [...]

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Going kookoo for Gaga

January 7, 2010 in Audiophile by David Stout

I had originally planned to devote this column to looking back at the most important musical artists of the past decade, as well as speculating about who might be the [...]

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Santa delivers the goods

December 12, 2009 in Audiophile by David Stout

Even though I haven’t unwrapped a single Christmas present, my holiday has already been brightened by some fabulous gifts of the musical variety. Most significantly, the one wish I’ve offered [...]

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Horn of plenty

October 17, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Autumn is to album releases what Summer is to movie releases — the season that matters more than any other. As a result, every year the Fall musical harvest yields [...]

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Songs in the key of ‘Glee’

September 19, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

After only two episodes I’m already giddy for “Glee.” This new musical comedy gem from FOX focuses on the talents and travails of a group of glee club misfits and [...]

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Don’t you forget about him

August 22, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Like millions around the globe, I was saddened by the untimely, unexpected death of Michael Jackson. For Gen Xers like me his passing was particularly difficult because he was a [...]

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Maxwell returns in the night

July 25, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

The conventional wisdom is that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in many settings it’s true. Popular music, however, is generally guided by another, more cynical line of thought: [...]

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Swing Out Sister

July 22, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Swing Out Sister “Beautiful Mess” (Shanachie) On their ninth studio release “Sister” act Corinne Drewery (vocals) and Andy Connell (various instruments and arranger) continue to mine the rich vein of [...]

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Daniel Ingala’s not gay, but he’s fine that you are

June 27, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

“Pins & Panzers,” the debut album by Brooklyn-based post-punk, indie pop trio Plushgun, has struck a chord with queer fans. And the LGBT community’s continued fight for equality has certainly [...]

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Under the influences

May 30, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Read any press release promoting a new album and you’ll find a paragraph crowing that the collection was influenced by this legendary artist or by that classic album. It’s a [...]

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Cover me

May 4, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

From the early/mid ’70s to the mid/late ’90s album art was oftentimes pop art at its finest. One of the joys of exploring a new album in that era was [...]

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I love the nightlife, baby

March 7, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

It’s great timing for our issue on gay nightlife because I’ve just become a professional part of it. In the last Audiophile I mentioned that I was booked to DJ [...]

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Prince leads ’09 releases

February 7, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

It appears that 2009 could be a banner year for album releases. Bruce Springsteen has already issued the year’s first widely acclaimed recording (led by a five-star review in Rolling [...]

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Seal saves our ‘Soul’

December 13, 2008 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

You know you’re likely to get something special when Seal, one of the finest male vocalists around, decides to cover a dozen stone-cold classics by soul giants like Otis Redding, [...]

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Recovering from the fall

November 15, 2008 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Fall is the busiest time of the year for new music releases. Every time you turn around one superstar or another is issuing a blockbuster (or so the ailing industry [...]

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Little Jackie could save your soul

August 23, 2008 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Little Jackie — “The Stoop” (S-Curve) Regular readers of this column (hmmm, is that a bit like saying regular unicorns or regular leprechauns? anyway…) know that I love the ’60s [...]

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It’s all coming back to me now

June 28, 2008 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

It’s conventional wisdom that everything old will be new again and the four most interesting “dance music” albums I’ve heard over the last few weeks do their utmost to prove [...]

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Now’s the time for Summer

May 31, 2008 in A&E / Life&Style, Audiophile by David Stout

Like most Americans, I love a good comeback. When Rocky pummels Ivan Drago in the last round, I’m throwing haymakers right there with him. When Jimmy Chitwood sinks the last-second [...]