One of the most-read posts in the history of this website deals with a theory that I and other believeRead more
U2’s imperial phase–that period of their career where they could do nothing wrong–extended from the release of The Joshua TreeRead more
Once upon a time, it was verboten to include the name of a brand name in any song lyrics. BackRead more
U2 is one of those bands that fans may only like one particular album in their career or a particularRead 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.
As the metal guys in the video say, how hard could it be? Not that hard, actually. They’d better beRead more
Grimes–Claire Boucher to her mom–has been having a good run. She’s now one of the faces for POP, the newRead more
Fans of indie music are often portrayed as snobbish hipsters, people who believe that their tastes in music are moreRead more
This comes from Dose. I’ll give you one and you can go here for the rest. (Via SF Peter)Read more
This graphic comes courtesy of Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture Music Production Blog. It’s pretty close to the truth.Read more
Most popular music is verboten in Iran. No rock, no rap and any Western-style pop. Women are forbidden from singingRead more