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A Scholarly Look at Hip Hop

A Scholarly Look at Hip Hop

Fordham University professor Mark Naison explores the cultural explosion that became hip hop, tracing it from its antecedent stage, through the big bang and universal expansion. A professor of history and African American studies, Naison’s obvious passion and appreciation of the subject lend moral and emotional weight to his intellectual adventurism. It’s an information-packed hour […]

Hearing Implants Offer World of Sound

Hearing Implants Offer World of Sound

Born with a condition that left her virtually deaf Andie Aviv can now hear nearly everything anyone else can, thanks to the surgical addition of a Cochlear Nucleus Implant System the 12-year-old received as an infant. Although one of Andie’s biggest advantages is sport, the technology holds obvious promise for those whose circumstances impede the experience of music. The […]

L.A. Times in the ‘Tank’ for Colorado

L.A. Times in the ‘Tank’ for Colorado

Recording in an abandoned railroad water tower called “the Tank” has become all the rage, drawing musicians from as far away as New York and even Germany, writes David Kelly in a Sept. 18 piece for the Los Angeles Times entitled “Forget Carnegie Hall. Musicians flock to rural Colorado to play the Tank.” A 65-foot high rusty […]

Cat Island Siren Song to Ed Sheeran

Cat Island Siren Song to Ed Sheeran

A tiny cat island in Japan made a promotional video in a bid to get Ed Sheeran to come visit. In what has to be one of the strangest news reports ever, The Verge details the wooing of Sheeran, an avowed feline-lover. “It’s sort of like the modern equivalent of a siren call, but with […]

The Hitman Crooneth

The Hitman Crooneth

Samuel L. Jackson finds his groove in a new commercial from Capital One and as a singer-songwriter with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the new film produced by Millennium and released by Lionsgate. Jackson croons “Let’s Stay Together” for his banking ad, and in the Bodyguard action buddy pic performs his original composition “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” which earned him an ASCAP […]

Niche Vinyl a Collector’s Market

Niche Vinyl a Collector’s Market

The music industry is in the midst of a vinyl boom, with platter LP sales in 2016 notching a 28-year high. While typical favorites like Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen are popular turnstile favorites, niche recordings of scores for video games and anime films have become collectible, with labels like Mondo, Tiger Lab and Patient Sounds releasing […]

Playlists – Art and Science

Playlists – Art and Science

Pitchfork plumbed the depths of playlists, providing a fascinating insight on music marketing and analytics. Record labels are eager to hire those who have established track records of peer-to-peer playlist popularity. “I can see a time coming when the playlist creator becomes just as important an element in the process as the artists being featured,” Spotify […]

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

The New York Times spotlight on Moogfest, by Jon Pareles,  took us way back to the day when Keith Emerson’s playing was genre-bustin’ fun. “Promising ‘Future Thought and Future Sound,’ Moogfest was part music festival, part symposium, part laboratory. One afternoon, Nona Hendryx (of the singing group Labelle) performed a spoken-word piece over chords generated […]

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Jem Aswad took us back to the day when music journalism was art with his lively, insightful Variety review of the self-titled debut album from One Direction frontman Harry Styles. Written in the “forward-thinking retro” fashion of the album itself, Aswad’s writing is packed with enough information for a pop history lesson, but way more fun to read […]

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