Posts from the ‘Music’ category

Remembrance Day

There’s only so much one can say about Remembrance Day. The ceremony is pretty much the same from year to year–this year I attended the one…

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An Alternative History of Rock and Roll

Andy linked to this delightful alternative time line for the last forty years of popular music. It imagines what might have happened if the Beatles stayed…

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Next Song Syndrome

Lately I’ve been listening to the original version of Cream’s “Crossroads” a lot. I first heard that song in 1988 or so, as it was on…

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TicketMaster and the Market Value of Tickets

Over the summer, I read a great article in The New Yorker about TicketMaster, Live Nation and the history of rock concert promotions. It was unavailable…

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Remembering the Eighties Blockbuster

Via a recent Slate Culturefest episode, I learned about L Magazine’s five-part series of video essays on the evolution of the modern blockbuster. They’re a terrific…

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An Encomium of Taylor Swift

NOTE: Anticipating a busy week, I wrote this on the weekend, before a certain hip hop artist boggarted Ms. Swift’s mic time at the Video Music…

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Five of My Newest Favourite Songs

I recently mentioned my ongoing efforts to discover new music. I continue to have the musical taste of a female college freshman at Brown, but what’re…

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A 57-Year-Old’s Guide to Indie Rock

As I get older, I find I have to work harder to discover new music that I like. When you combine this with the balkanization of…

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