Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 9/12/19, 03:10 pm

Last Punk Standing … And Other Hits! 

Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

The ... and Other Hits! part of the title is a joke, of course. None of these 14 songs will ever rule the stream-o-sphere. They’re too raw, too unself-conscious, too alive. The sonics begin and end in mid-to-late-’60s proto-punk. The lyrics sound most whimsical when they’re not. And although you may not care who’ll be the last punk standing yourself, Childish is sure that “when no one’s left / to give you a whiff / of the stolen riff / of Mark E. Smith,” you will.

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Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1969.

Elvis in 1969

Music | An 11-disc look at the King’s last great year
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/30/19, 05:04 pm

You’ve realized for some time now that most exorbitantly priced 50th-anniversary box sets embody more of a good thing than anyone but a zealot needs—and that few artists’ catalogs have been exploited to this end more than Elvis Presley’s. 

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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/29/19, 12:16 pm

Love Will Find a Way

Philip Bailey

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