Alibi V.21 No.39 • Sept 27-Oct 3, 2012 
Chris Smither

Spotlight

Buddha’s Songwriter Gives Voice to Optimism

Chris Smither takes on the imponderables—and wins

Singer/songwriter Chris Smither doesn’t need much to cast his spell, just his blue guitar and a miked particleboard so his tapping foot can keep time.

Music to Your Ears

So Terribly Pretentious

Jessica Cassyle Carr’s farewell column.

Aural Fixation

Breakup Mix

I’m not breaking up with anybody. I’m just breaking up with my job, so I made you this mix. We’ll always have the music!

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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