John Nova Lomax

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  • 7 years ago | Music News

    Mexican artists have recorded English-language songs for decades, but the opposite is rare. American musicians have historically treated Mexican music like they treat Mexicans, and when they do bother to cover a classic, they tend to sound absolut...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    This story, as originally conceived, was supposed to be a compilation of the year's best boxed sets and other reissues. But then it hit us — in today's shuffle-driven iPod world, with the pace of pop culture moving at breakneck speed, it's po...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    "This ain't no history lesson," snarls the opening line to the liner notes of Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly (Rhino/Wea), an excellent four-CD boxed set. "It's about attitude! This is where punk rock began!" To me, the first and last of th...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Most casual music fans have that one person in their life they turn to before they buy new music, a guru who keeps up with the trends, reads the mags, goes to the shows, surfs the 'Net, and has taste that aligns with theirs. It could be a friend, ...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    "Hype" is probably the nastiest of all four-letter words these days, and no band on Earth right now has more of it than the Arctic Monkeys. Over the past seven months, the Sheffield quartet -- none of whom is of American drinking age -- has been l...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    As far as music goes, I am not a tribal person. I am not prodded by Pitchfork, nor narcotized by Relix, nor are my spirits lifted by No Depression. Not to say that those media sources are entirely flawed -- indeed, each has its virtues. But each o...