Many people ask me whether I download music illegally. Whether whenever I download a file in mp3 or other digitally compressed audio formats I am actually hoodwinking the music companies and depriving musicians I like of a bit of their livelihood. Well, to be fair, I know many people who do just that. Read more

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Last week, on a self-indulgent nostalgia trip I had recreated one of my playlists dating back to 1976 and put the ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash’ track Wooden Ships on it. My colleague and Brunch columnist, Vir Sanghvi, was quick to observe that probably the Jefferson Airplane version of the song, featured on the band’s
Volunteers album, was a better one.  Read more

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What’s your perfect lazy Sunday playlist? You know, music that can be the best soundtrack for the most chilled-out day of the week? In the old days when LPs and cassettes ruled, it could be tedious trying to put together a sequence of songs. You either kept rummaging for all the cassettes or LPs you needed. Read more

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This column has been getting some flak. Some friends as well as complete strangers have been telling me I write about obscure music and that I have no idea what young people are listening to these days. “Go to nightclubs and pubs,” advised someone, “and check out what they’re all grooving to instead of pulling out funny sounding bands and getting ecstatic about them.” Read more

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