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Music

September 10, 2014

"The new face of country music is young, female, and feminist"

I think I need to sell bro country short

Country music is supposed to tell a story. The stories that many of the genre's current leading men tell are filled with short denim shorts, bikini tops, and objectification. In these stories, women are submissive, passive, and exist to be pursued. But the rising women of country aren't any of those things. Their songs are still lyric-heavy, full of twang, and powerful, but instead of stories about loves won and lost, they're singing about misogyny and gender stereotyping. They aren't the first women in country to do so, but they're certainly leading a new, more direct feminist country charge.

September 05, 2014

"Beyoncé’s 10 Steps for Becoming a Beyoncé Feminist"

Really nasty. But close to the truth.

Bonus: "A Student Told Her Professor She Won’t Be Attending Class Because It’s Beyoncé’s Birthday".

September 03, 2014

"Why is Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' No. 1?"

Chris Molanphy (in Slate): because she's following Olivia Newton-John's successful example. (And it's "impossibly catchy".)

Me: because those darn kids today have absolutely no taste.

August 29, 2014

"The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll"

Everything--and I do mean everything--you're likely to want to know about the use of "the" in names of rock groups

August 27, 2014

"How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre's identity crisis"

"Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?"

August 22, 2014

"The Cult of Beyoncé Thou shall not speak against Queen B."

I hope the author's life insurance is paid up.

Beyoncé isn’t perfect. Jay-Z isn’t perfect. Nobody is perfect. But Beyoncé will pretend to be in order to earn your respect. Isn’t that exactly what the feminists of the 1960s fought against? Why are we condoning — and applauding, and worshiping — Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s pretending? Why are we calling Beyoncé a feminist? She is a talented singer, but there are women who are talented thinkers who deserve our adoration more. AdaYonath, the first Israeli woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was never a personal guest of the Obamas at the White House.

Let the Beygency come get me.

August 15, 2014

"5 Legendary Performances From Woodstock That Everyone Needs To See"

If you don't find at least one of these to your liking, you're on your own--I can't help you.

More old school music: "James Brown in Eighteen Minutes".

And when it comes to James Brown, the real thing, in its most thrilling, compressed, erotic, explosive form, just eighteen minutes long, is also arguably the most electrifying performance in the history of postwar American music. 

(See also "Watch a Supercut of James Brown’s Legacy in Dance".)

"How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?"

The rankings seem about right, but the absolute amounts are hard for me to believe.

August 09, 2014

"The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records"

If you have inherited some old vinyl that you'd like to sell, this guy seems like the guy to contact.

August 01, 2014

"I got a line on you"

Spirit, 30 years ago.

Charles C. writes, "This is one of those songs that simply MUST be played at full volume!"

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