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After the Fire

As long as the Scientologist did not steal my 2 Live Crew acetate, I was okay with her wearing my girlfriend's pajama pants.
Desert-island discs are fine for the beach. But when the house is burning down, you find out which records really matter.
By DAVE TOMPKINS  |  April 15, 2011

Wax Museum

If you don't cringe, at least a little bit and maybe a lot, when you see Sean Duffy's Burn Out Sun (2003) — a sculptural starburst of crisscrossing LPs bearing the immortal Sun Records label — then you probably aren't much of a record fan.
 Cringe worthy
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 15, 2011

Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

VIDEO: Chris Faraone reads an excerpt from Dave Tompkins' Vocoder book

This week in the paper, our own Chris Faraone interviews journalist DAVE TOMPKINS on his new book, How to Wreck a Nice Beach, which outlines...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 13, 2010