I always looks for new ways to bring music into my life, and the New Year offers the perfect chanceRead more
At first glance, trends and sounds in popular music seem come at us random fractalized bursts. Viewed up close, that’s how it appears. But if you’re to stand back–far back–patterns begin to emerge. And these patterns have held surprisingly true over the last sixty years.
Since rock was born in the 1950s, rock and pop have been locked in a battle. Each combatant is 180 degrees out of phase with the other. When rock is strong and on the ascendant the public’s consciousness, pop is on a decline.
Eventually rock tops out and begins a decline as the public’s attention moves towards pop. Once pop peaks and rock bottoms out, the cycle begins again. This back-and-forth dance has played itself out every 12 or 13 years for the last six decades.
Let me tell you how it’s all gone down.
[This is an older article–2014–but when we stumbled across it over the weekend, we just had to highlight it.] DoRead more
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been invited by several broadcasters to read what they called “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on some kind of pre-Yuletide show.
I’ve agreed each time–but only if I could do it my way. And this is the way I do it.
Beware: beyond here lay dragons that get slayed.Read more
People have been experimenting with creating records using uber-hot 3D printing technology all year. But up until yesterday, there’s neverRead more
There’s no doubt that MP3s are super-convenient and allow us to hoard more music than anyone ever thought possible. ButRead more
Trent Renzor/Jim Guerinot. Lady Gaga/Troy Carter. John Mayer/Michael McDonald. You could even include U2’s new arrangement with Live Nation/Guy OsearyRead more
That’s the rumour at Deadline Hollywood. There’s no title yet but negotiations continue with Spade and writer Dean Lorey, oneRead more
Tired of the standard guitar-bass-drums set up? DJ Tech Tools has a look at some pretty avant-garde musical instruments thatRead more
A new study from MIDiA Consulting took a look at the world of streaming music services to see what’s holdingRead more
It would be easy tp make a crack about “cool music,”but I won’t. Instead, I’ll just direct you to thisRead more