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musings about music, culture, food, and more... twittering, tumbling, and instagramming: @PgunnNYC http://axchem.tumblr.com/

Grime Originals – March 29, 2018

Kano: Wiley, it’s mad. He is clearly a visionary. For me, in terms of my career and loads of other people that I’ve seen, he likes to help others, he likes to see people in a position that he believes … Continue reading

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New York On A Nickel A Day Pt. 6: Pork Buns

One dollar won’t buy much food these days in New York City. Walk into a chain drug store like Rite Aid or Duane Reade with a lone dollar and try to buy a can of Coke or a candy bar, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday died last week.  He was beloved in France, selling millions of records there as their first homegrown rock and roll star, and eventually ascending to a weird inescapable fame; both tabloid fixture and national icon. He was a … Continue reading

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Eskimo Dance 2014

Back in December 2014, I went to Eskimo Dance in London. This was a big deal then, as it was one of the first times Eskimo Dance happened since 2004 (now it seems like they tour the UK doing them … Continue reading

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Reggae and Comic Books

Long before Chuck D called rap music “black America’s CNN”, reggae served the same purpose in Jamaica, albeit in an amplified fashion. There is no limit to subject matter in Jamaican music. Song topics can include the sweetest hymn to … Continue reading

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Merle Haggard: Love In or Leave It (or: “Someone Call Wes Anderson Now!”)

Merle Haggard was an American music legend.  And yes, he wrote “Okie From Muskogee,” “Fightin’ Side Of Me,” and other anti-hippie songs. Those are fine songs. And a lot of people I like them. I don’t particularly because, although I … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Anthem- Team Shadetek featuring Jah Dan and 77Klash

Here are we now, a few years into the great grime revival.  Stormzy took a 10 year old instrumental into the Top 10 (and spawned a hoard of parodies and memes) and people from all around the globe are fervently … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Father Of The Sleng Teng Riddim

  David Bowie has died, and the Internet is awash with praise for the man and his music, and rightfully so. Bowie cast a shadow over late 20th century music and pop culture so large, that’s hard to put it … Continue reading

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New York History pt 5: Steal This Book

I first read Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book” when I was 15, in a reissued collection of his books that coincided with early 90’s Woodstock nostalgia. Reading Hoffman’s self-styled streetwise revolutionary patter was perfect for a high school freshman, because … Continue reading

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“Best” Bar To Watch The Mets in NYC / Worst Article in the Village Voice

Browsing the Village Voice website and seeing a headline that promised that “This Bar Is the Best Place to Watch the Mets in New York City” I clicked, thinking I’d see a piece on some firefighter bar in Brooklyn or … Continue reading

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