Randall Roberts

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  • 8 years ago | Music News

    1921, Sugar Land: Huddie "Lead belly" Ledbetter, incarcerated for killing his cousin during a fight, pleads his case for early release to Texas Governor Pat Morris Neff. During the proceedings, Leadbelly performs — for no money — a cle...

  • 12 years ago | Music News

    In the beginning, there was rhythm. Hairy hominids banging bones. Then, pokey Neanderthals touched the monolith and discovered the handclap -- they grunted with glee -- then konked on a coconut, thumped on a stump. "Mmm. Good . . . beat. Dance . ....

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    High is high, low is low/Everybody wants to get to heaven/But nobody wants to die/Nobody wants to die/Nobody wants to do the don'ts/Don't the dids/Color outside the lines/Nobody wants to try. Ignore the probability that the above paean to transcen...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Breathy gasps occupy empty space on Vespertine, Björk's newest and best album, as though she's drowning in nectar. Elsewhere on the record, snow melts in her mouth, water surrounds her thighs, ripe black lilies swirl. She ingests little glowi...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Twenty years ago, when gullible tech heads were lapping up the latest improvement in sound reproduction, the compact disc, and tossing all those skip-and-pop-prone LPs into the Dumpster, little could they foresee the consequences. Years ago, when ...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    You can blame Blood, Sweat & Tears and Spyro Gyra for ruining the word "fusion," because since the heyday of those groups, utter the word and thoughts of endless wank-offery appear, followed by an image of some dude soloing with a stupid pained, j...