Introducing Josh Joplin.

Remastered Love album on the way, plus new research on love of music

Josh Joplin is a singer, songwriter and bandleader; his voice will remind you of Michael Stipe. He fronts the Josh Joplin Group, and their debut album, Useful Music, will be released Jan. 23 on the Artemis label (they also gave us Steve Earle's excellent Transcendental Blues). Joplin, according to his bio, split school at 16 and hit the road to write and sing songs, inspired by Phil Ochs and Minor Threat. I like this lyric from "Phil Ochs": "Our surveys say, this is what they want today/ Our surveys say, the kids all want Sugar Ray/ Phil you can't be killed."... If you've never heard Forever Changes by the '60s L. A. rock band Love, you'll have a chance, come Feb. 23, to dig a remastered version of what is both a period piece and a true classic. The new release will include seven "bonus tracks." A New York Times report on research presented in the latest issue of the journal Science has this to say: The love of music "is not only a universal feature of the human species, found in every society known to anthropology, but is also deeply embedded in multiple structures of the human brain, and is far more ancient than previously suspected." Hey, I coulda told 'em that. How else to account for those cave drawings of Prince's famous symbol? [Thursday, January 11, 2001]

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