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* Clarence Page's pre-requiem for Louis Farrakhan is an old piece, but one that reminded me of a great Internet resource: Fade to Black's archive of Farrakhan's pre-NOI calypso recordings. I recommend the "Is She or Is She Ain't," the "Lola" of calypso recordings.
* I'm embarrassed to say I'd never heard of Frankie Knuckles until I started listening to the Hold Steady ("I keep trying to get people to call me Frankie Knuckles / people keep calling me Right Said Fred"). His website has a number of his holiday mixes (under "The Vault").
* Peter Margasak reports that the great Stones Throw label is doing a residency at Sonotheque; check the post out for a Madlib remix of J Dilla's "The $." The Roots' site has downloads of live DJ sets by J Dilla; not the greatest sound quality, but worth it to hear a master at work as well as freestyling by some notable guests.
* WLUW's music director has a great mp3 blog; it's one thing to throw up unusual mp3s, another to lavish the critical care the three guys behind this blog do.
* Another old piece, but it ages well--Pitchfork's William Bowers on living with music in 2006, which reads like A Fan's Notes only with indie music instead of Frank Gifford.
* Chicago Opera Theater promises John Adams's latest opera in spring 2008; with the Lyric Opera's performances of the fairly new Dr. Atomic, that's two Adamses practically back to back. Wired went behind the scenes of the latter in 2005; SFist covered the premiere.