Somewhere between the TV themes to "Leave It To Beaver" and "S.W.A.T.," pop music evolved in interesting directions but a lot of this interesting pop history has been widely forgotten. When people think of the 1960s, they think of beach and surf music, the Beatles, flower power, and acid rock. But there's another aspect of … Continue reading mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it
I never followed Orbital's career that closely. The electronic dance music band, consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnell, have put together quite an extensive catalog of music over the last quarter century. I have a compilation of their releases called Orbital 20. Their music is sometimes harsh and almost always futuristic. While I don't … Continue reading orbital + david gray = warmth in an alien world
A new internet discovery has given me a new favorite song. At some point while on YouTube, I stumbled across this video showing time-lapse scenes of life in Madison. The time-lapse filming is incredible in and of itself but what blew me away was the song that accompanied it. The closing credits of the video … Continue reading new internet discovery: noosa, “walk on by”
In my pre-teens and early teens, the word "New Wave" was thrown around a lot. I remember a radio commercial for Maxell blank cassette tapes that had this synthesized female voice saying, "New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape. Get Maxell tape." But what exactly was "New Wave?" How was … Continue reading new wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape
It's a new Baha'i year--year 171. As has become a tradition on this blog, I have selected a music video which moves me deeply and gets me thinking as the new year begins. This year, I have selected Major Lazer's "Get Free" featuring singer Amber Coffman. I will write more in the future about Diplo … Continue reading freeing ourselves in the new year
Psychedelic rock has been very influential in my musical tastes. The genre reached a peak the year I was born, so I didn't hear very much of it at the time, but as I grew older, the exposure I had to it left me wanting more. For me, it started with The Doors, but as … Continue reading quilt–a psychedelic folk-rock patchwork minus the cliche
Come gather 'round, club kids and pay attention. There's someone you should know about. A piece of history died earlier this week. Someone as controversial as any rapper or rock star, yet someone with immense influence on musicians even today. He was a political activist from an early age and sang union songs, and even … Continue reading pete seeger–a class act and a reason not to paddle faster when hearing banjos
I don't think that even Johnny Rotten could have imagined the rather warped directions that three Japanese women would take the punk rock genre
Some musings on the eve of Sarah Palin's visit to Madison...
New Year's Day combined with a little bit of extra pocket cash and the Internet can be a dangerous thing.