When it comes to music, it’s so easy to get lost in the weeds, to become distracted by all the minutiae and trivia. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course–hell, that’s how I make my living–but there is a can’t-see-the-forest-for-the-tress aspect to all this.
Sometimes we need to stand back, waaaaaaay back, before some vital things start to come into focus. I don’t just mean seeing the forest, but the whole of the countryside.
No, wait. We need to do more than that. We need altitude, beyond even 35,000 feet all the way into geosynchronous orbit in order to assess everything about a certain subject.
Okay, this metaphor is out of control. What I’m trying to say is that if we step back far enough, we can learn some really interesting things about why music is the way it is.
This program might change the way you think about the entire history of music. Let’s dig in.
Songs heard on this show:
- Subhumans, The Big Picture
- Green Day, Brain Stew
- Oyen, The Prime Numbers Have a Hidden Pattern
- Megamath, Pythagoras
- Jack White, Lazaretto
- Tegan and Sara, Closer
- Luscious Jackson, Daughters of the Revolution
- Oasis, Rock’n’Roll Star
- Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag
- Outkast, Hey Ya
- Pearl Jam, Let the Records Play
Here’s a nice playlist from Eric Wilhite to go along with everything.
The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
- 102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday at 7 pm
- Q107/Toronto – Sunday at 9 pm
- Live 88-5/Ottawa
- 107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener – Sunday at 8p pm
- Big Kingston – Saturday and Sunday at 11 pm
- The Wolf, Peterborough – Sunday at 8 pm
- FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
- Power 97/Winnipeg – Sunday at 8 am
- Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
- The Zone/Victoria
- The Fox/Vancouver – Sunday at 11 pm
- WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,
We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor, Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.
If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.