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Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector

"If it weren't for us, there wouldn't be no Phil Spector." So spoke the Crystals' La La Brooks at Johnny D's last fall.
Suitably weird
By BRET MILANO  |  January 21, 2011
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Jail Weddings | Love Is Lawless

Turns out there's more to music in Southern California than just bratty lo-fi surf pop, vanilla Laurel Canyon indie rock, and flashy 4 am electro.
White Noise (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 19, 2010
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Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
Disney Pearl Series (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010
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Dee's so fine

Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents co-founders Jen D'Angora (the Dents, the Downbeat 5) and Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit, the Gentlemen) won't come right out and say that they had ambitions of ever forming a '60s-style girl group — they won't even come out and
The girl-group delights of the Deelinquents
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 05, 2010
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Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009
Phil Spector's 5 greatest hits (not counting that girl he murdered)

Phil Spector's 5 greatest hits (not counting that girl he murdered)


It's official: Phil Spector is guilty of second-degree murder. His victim, a 40-year-old House of Blues hostess who'd once held a bit role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, was found shot in the face, in Spector's mansion, in February 2003. (If you have a hard time taking Phil Spector seriously because of his infamously goofy mugshots, we recommend you take a look at the crime scene photos.) It will be much less fun to tell stories about what a kook Spector was in the st
By Carly Carioli  |  April 13, 2009



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Dance, Monkey!: Jess Sutich

Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim is...
On beachfront property in Ohio, idealistic pizza, and interspecies relations
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009
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Interview: Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus on rock-and-roll photography
Rock's critic-in-chief talks rock and roll photography
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009
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Muck and the Mires

If Phil Spector could produce the Ramones, then Kim Fowley can produce Muck and the Mires, local faves whose sound has always been two parts Ramones to five parts British Invasion.

Dorren EP | Dirty Water


By BRETT MILANO  |  April 15, 2008
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Unauthorized!

I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 15, 2008


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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has never made an album that’s less than entertaining, and there aren’t many Beatles you can say that about.
Liverpool 8 | Capitol
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 28, 2008
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Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008
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Girl Group Redux

I don’t imagine that the Pipettes are doing any more to curtail carbon monoxide emissions or save the rain forest than the Spice Girls.
The Pipettes, Great Scott, November 15, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007
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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Lucky 13


Our producers Hall of Fame
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2007


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Britt pop

It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
The spare magic of Spoon
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007
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Wall of shame

In a moment of weakness, he licensed the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” for an ad for the erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis.
A definitive life of Phil Spector
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 22, 2007
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Cool papa, hot mama

Between Phil Spector’s becoming rock and roll’s first teen millionaire and the rock tycoons who emerged some decades later lies the rise of the hippie aristocrat.
John Phillips’s solo album, Karen Dalton’s In My Own Time
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 30, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 30-21


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Music

Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Newsmakers

Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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Heart of the matter

Even among the oddballs of the music business, Doc Pomus was unusual.
Doc Pomus’s blues
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 03, 2007
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Stockholm calling

In “Young Folks,” the hipster hit by the Stockholm-based indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Peter Morén boasts that “we don’t care about the young folks.”
Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro del Mar, and Lo-Fi Fink lead the new Swedish invasion
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 03, 2007
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Magic shows

It’s a recent Sunday near midnight, and Charms leaders Ellie Vee and Joe Wizda have their ears to the radio. The Charms, "So Romantic" (mp3)
The Charms become Wicked Cool
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 27, 2007


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The new tastemakers

It’s a cliché by now, but the Internet allows you to be whomever you want to be.
Does Pandora know you better than you do?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 31, 2007
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2007: Same as the old year

And they are off and running, in the 2007 edition of “How Can We Embarrass Little Rhody Even More?”
Relatives of Cicilline and Mollis continue the Vo Dilun tradition
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 11, 2007
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Import only

Whether or not the Pipettes ever make good on the flabbergasting confidence and effrontery of their debut, We Are the Pipettes (an import on Memphis Industries), they’ve already earned themselves a dissident footnote in the history of girl-group pop.
The Pipettes bring on the pop
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 28, 2006

Hanging ten or hanging on?

This article originally appeared in the April 26, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Brian Wilson: Dead on survival
By GREIL MARCUS  |  November 14, 2006