Ron Hart

Articles by Ron Hart

You’re Invited to the Telepathic Following of Bruce Haack

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When he was about 10 years old, Peter Price heard some classmates bragging that they were on an album. A far-fetched notion at any point in the history of recorded sound, but for a young man growing up near the township of West Chester, Pennsylvania in the mid-’70s, the idea seemed downright extraordinary. Price had […]

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J Dilla’s 15 Coolest Samples for the 15th Anniversary of Donuts

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It’s difficult to come to grips with the idea of J Dilla being gone for 15 years now, considering how much his creative spirit continues to prosper in his absence. February 10 marked a grim milestone in the passing of the man born James Dewitt Yancey, but 2021 is teeming with happier anniversaries to celebrate […]

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J Dilla’s 15 Coolest Samples

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It’s difficult to come to grips with the idea of J Dilla being gone, considering how much his creative spirit continues to prosper in his absence. The man dubbed “the godfather of lo-fi hip-hop” has made a lasting impact on artists from all over the globe. His sample-based form of instrumentation has given way to […]

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The Best Reissues of 2020

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In looking at what made this year’s list of the most popular reissues on Discogs against my own list of the best archival titles of 2020, there are several things that need to be considered, the first one of which is how vinyl is purchased these days. I’ve been collecting records since the eighth grade. […]

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7 Best Finds in U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind 20th Anniversary Box Set

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In 2000, U2 shook up the music industry when they left their label of 20 years, Island Records, for a multi-album deal with Interscope, which, at the time, was experiencing world-shattering success on the backs of Dr. Dre’s 2001 and two back-to-back Eminem smashes in The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. The […]

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7 Great Finds on Paul McCartney’s Flaming Pie Archive Collection


Paul McCartney took his fans on a wild ride in the 1990s. The first half of the decade was largely spent celebrating his past, thanks to a pair of quality live albums (1990’s Tripping The Live Fantastic and 1991’s MTV Unplugged Official Bootleg) as well as an exhaustive multimedia deep dive into the history of […]

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10 Classic Albums from Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ Record Label

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With all this talk of Beastie Boys in the context of the Spike Jonze-directed 2020 documentary, Beastie Boys Story, there isn’t a better time to revisit one of the most underrated facets of the band’s legacy. Launching with their seminal third album, Check Your Head, Grand Royal would become a full-fledged boutique label by late […]

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Remembering Adam Schlesinger

At least here in the Northeast, one of the biggest appeals of the songwriting team of Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood was how much of a role the New York Tri-State area played in the music they created together as Fountains of Wayne. And why there’s been such an enormous outpouring of love and sorrow […]

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The Top 10 Best Irish Rock Records Of 1990


1990 was one of the most transitional years for rock ‘n’ roll as it was segueing from the poptimistic decadence of the 1980s into the self-aware earnestness and energy emerging from the rising grunge, pop-punk and skate metal movements that would come to define much of the Bill Clinton years. But between such extremes, there […]

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