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Articles By: Ralph Greco

THE SEX FILES: Hustler Tax Held

It seems one of our fair city’s appellate courts stayed fast to an earlier lower court decision that the Hustler Club in Manhattan is not exempt from sales tax. In the eyes of the law, erotic dancers are not performing “dramatic art performances,” of any kind and the clubs they are dancing in are unable to claim this particular exemption of artistic execution, and avoid the 4% sales tax.

Annie Lennox: Songs Of Mass Destruction

Annie Lennox: Songs Of Mass Destruction

You’re not getting through an Annie Lennox CD with a simple passing first listen. There is lots to her productions, songwriting and delivery; this lady is maticulous in what she presents. Songs Of Mass Destruction has lots to offer, so sit back, relax and use your brain a little bit, it’ll be good for you.

Westward: The Empire of Deception

Westward: The Empire of Deception

Are you ready for ‘Cowboy Space Rock?’ Well, ready or not it is coming at you on this fantastic new release from Westward.

Steve Walsh: Black Butterfly

Steve Walsh: Black Butterfly

Kansas’s lead vocalist/ keyboardist/one of its main songwriters, Steve Walsh, retired from the classic prog American band a few years ago and even while in it the past few years avoided making any new music. But here, on Black Butterfly, Mr. Walsh has unleashed a dozen tunes, most co-written with Tommy Denader, who provides all the guitar and co-produces.

Robert Plant: Carry Fire

Robert Plant: Carry Fire

You might get a hint of good old Led Zep on Robert Planet’s 11th studio album, Carry Fire. Yes, he is employing the Sensational Space Shifters band here (Plant has worked with them for the past few years) and their folk, Celtic, Indian and West African soundscapes rise to the fore on these 11 tunes. But from the opener, “May Queen,” the title an obvious nod to one of Zep’s more famous songs, one is reminded of Plant of yore lots here, even within his softer vocal delivery and the multi-ethnic vibe.

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

One man boasting a 50-year career in writing, playing, arranging and singing that would be impressive if you spread that output across three musicians, Leon Russel is a true American musical icon. Dying at 74 last year, what we get here is Russell’s posthumous On a Distant Shore, album.

The Peanut Gallery: Tales From The Basement

The Peanut Gallery: Tales From The Basement

New Jersey hip hop duo The Peanut Gallery has ‘dropped’ a new album, Tales From The Basement. It is quite a unique read on what one usually finds in this genre, complete with some great grooves and quite a few hard-hitting, expletive-rich raps.

THE SEX FILES: Alex Milton discusses his BDSM fantasy novel The Etiquette of Lying: A Polyamorous BDSM Journey

THE SEX FILES: Alex Milton discusses his BDSM fantasy novel The Etiquette of Lying: A Polyamorous BDSM Journey

But if you like your adult material of a more nuanced and studied variety, if you are looking to be more than just aroused by some naughty material-if you like a good read in fact-might I suggest the scribblings of Alex Milton and his latest book, The Etiquette of Lying (published by Wordwooze Publishing). From ‘across the pond,’ I managed a sit down with this very interesting scribe of erotica and here’s what he has to tell us about his latest book, The Etiquette of Lying. and his take on publishing and writing.

John Carpenter: Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998)

John Carpenter: Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998)

You might just be a fan of John Carpenter’s movies; “Halloween,” “Escape From New York,” “Starman” and “Big Trouble In Little China” (to name a few). But do you know that the director writes and performs the music for his films as well? Here on Anthology Movie Themes 1974-1998, we get 13 pieces of music from 13 different Carpenter films, composed and payed by the man.

John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons

John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons

You’re bound to learn lots about history you don’t know in John Leguizamo’s Latin History For Morons, as much as enjoy the […]

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