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Radiohead Deluxe Editions, Part 1

I’m a huge Radiohead fan, and have collected the bulk of their special/deluxe editions over the years, usually as they were released. Their music...

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Divine was an extraordinary actor and drag queen, the star of John Waters’ legendary Baltimore film company Dreamland Productions, and a gay icon who...

Iowa Tapes, Part 2: Skye Carrasco, Nostromo, Jack Lion

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An Interview with Trey Reis of Warm Gospel Tapes

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Iowa Books: Rock & Roll Memoirs, Boyhood Reflections, and The Floppy Show

Iowa has a ton of literary connections, from Iowa City’s Writers’ Workshop to Jane Smiley’s tenure at Iowa State, to the bridges of Madison...

Iowa Tapes, Part 1: Phyllis Khare, Greg Brown, Karen Meat

Introducing Physical Media Blog’s serialized survey of Iowa music in cassette tape form. Is the audio quality prime? No. Do all of these tapes...

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It seems like every musician in the last decade has published a memoir or tell-all, or hired a biographer to write their story. Many...

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