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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Giving Thanks for Mojo Workin’

Each Thanksgiving at the Flucke household, we have a special tradition where we open up the mojo bag and drop in some new gris-gris,...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Mike Bloomfield, “Try It Before You Buy It”

Mike Bloomfield's second album has received the digital reissue treatment, and Mojo Flucke revels in the "classic 1970s R&B and funk stew."...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Goodbye, Saffire

In his latest Cold Shot, Mojo Flucke bids a fond farewell to blues queens Saffire, who are calling it quits next month after a wonderful...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: The Albert King Pencast

He may have been born under a bad sign, but this week, Albert King gets his due as Mojo Flucke looks back on the life and times of the...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Bo Diddley, “Drive By: Tales From the Funk Dimension”

One of the many things I love about Popdose is our collective freedom to write different kinds of posts: Sometimes you gets yourself a Cold...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Paul Reddick

The kids are back in school, and Mojo Flucke is taking advantage of the peace and quiet the right way -- by blasting some blues harp with a...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: James Booker

Mojo Flucke is back, and this week, he's pouring us a Cold Shot of James Booker. Drink up!...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Super Session Live at the Fillmore East

Mojo Flucke has returned from an unexplained disappearance, still woozy from a cold shot of '60s blues powerhouse Super Session....

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Mighty Sam McClain, “Betcha Didn’t Know”

My fellow New Hampshire resident Mighty Sam McClain will be releasing his latest record, Betcha Didn’t Know, on City Hall Records...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Koko Taylor, 1928-2009

In this week's Cold Shot, Mojo Flucke bids a fond farewell to blues legend Koko Taylor....

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Do We Call What White Rockers Play “Blues?”

Since I started listening to blues, that’s been a hard question for me to answer. It’s important, because it speaks to what...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Happy 70th, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson

This column, sadly, sometimes looks like the blues obituary page. Well, forget that for now! This Shot, we’re celebrating the life...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

Be still my soul. Lawd have mercy. When soul first came out, so many social issues made so many people so PO’d (civil rights,...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Left Lane Cruiser

On one hand, Jon Spencer, in my book, has a lot to answer for. The half-baked, half-rehearsed stuff he sometimes releases is offensive to...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Setting the Record Straight on Etta James

To the hardcore fan of 1950s blues, R&B, and soul, Etta James can be vexing. To anyone following the news lately, her calling out of...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: John Cephas, 1930-2009

Last summer, I gave y’alls a Cephas & Wiggins Cold Shot that had no news peg, no current-events hook that made it relevant to...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Los Lobos, “That Train Don’t Stop Here”

Los Lobos‘ 1992 album Kiko is nothing short of fabulous. A tour de force of primitive rhythms, Latino percussion, gorgeous acoustic...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, “Gonna Get Old Someday”

Even in these crushing economic times, blues fans can count on three things: Death, taxes, and until they spend every last red cent they...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Nathaniel Mayer, RIP

Nathaniel Mayer passed away last Saturday, from complications due to a stroke suffered back on April 13. The Detroit soul singer was a...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Restaurant, “Joe D”

Meet Restaurant, or Restavrant, depending on how the person writing about this crazy Texas duo interprets the band’s logo. Equal...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: R.L. Burnside, “First Recordings”

The blues aren’t dead yet. But, compared to, say, 1971, they’ve got one foot and two thirds of the other in the grave....

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, “I Thank You”

I’m not much of a modern blues guy; in fact a lot of my pals like to refer to me as a crusty-old, close-minded, purist curmudgeon....

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: The Scissormen, “Luck in a Hurry”

A couple months back, I interviewed the Scissormen for Popdose. They’re a raunchy blues-rock duo in the vein of Black Diamond Heavies...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, “A Man of Many Words”

I think I speak for all of Popdose, going through a painful migration to the latest version of WordPress, that we have had the...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Cephas & Wiggins, “Sounds of the Blues”

I am an unabashed fan of Cephas & Wiggins, who bring a modern take on traditional folk blues. In interviews, they’re gentlemen,...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep”

This is the first Cold Shot that features a whole album. We (that’s all my personalities combined) are pretty psyched about that....

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Bo Diddley, “Before You Accuse Me”

The passing of Bo Diddley got me on a hardcore listening jag. Doesn’t take much to get me back on Bo, and there are several other...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: Paul “Wine” Jones, “Pucker Up Buttercup”

“Johnny Cash, he’s scared of me,” Paul “Wine” Jones said to me in one of the most endearing moments of my...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot (Statutory Rock Edition): “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Originally, this fine blog entry was crafted exclusively for the awesome Popdose Statutory Rock List, but alas, as I am wont to do —...

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Mojo’s Cold Shot: The Meters, “Cabbage Alley”

The Meters, generally known for bringing some of the hottest funk in the 1970s, remain one of the “least underground”...