Ben Greenman

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  • 16 years ago

    Papa Vegas Hello Vertigo (Sid Flips/RCA) The other day I was flying. No, not in an airplane. Really flying. I just flapped my wings and up I went. Anyway while I was up there soaring over the tops of trees and picking dragonflies out of my mouth (...

  • 17 years ago

    In the kingdom of funk music, Larry Graham is a prince, of course. As the original bassist for Sly and the Family Stone, he played some of the most memorable bass riffs in the history of the genre, and created a pop-and-slap style that has been im...

  • 17 years ago

    Gigolo Aunts Minor Chords and Major Themes (E Pluribus Unum) The Gigolo Aunts -- simultaneous lovers and fighters -- have the rare ability to pull off blustery rockers and doe-eyed ballads. Five years have passed since their last release, the majo...

  • 17 years ago

    Golden Smog Weird Tales (Rykodisc) Lost in the shuffle of last year's best-album lists was this stellar October effort. It's fitting that Weird Tales came out just before Halloween, not just because of the spooky title, but because Golden Smog is ...

  • 17 years ago

    This article is different from every other article ever written about Peter Himmelman. Why? Because every other article ever written about Peter Himmelman goes on for no more than a sentence or two before mentioning that Himmelman is the son-in-la...

  • 17 years ago

    Blondie No Exit (Beyond) 1. Start with a joke: If this isn't the most anticipated album of the first half of the year, then I'm Amelia Earhart. 2. Follow with dense critical sentence heedless of its own unwieldy syntax: Twenty years after their hi...