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July 16, 2014

"11 Badass Alternatives To Bro Country That You Need In Your Life"

Presented as a public service to the country music fans among my readers.

July 15, 2014

"Taylor Swift doesn't understand supply and demand"

That's O.K., Ms. Swift: not enough people do.

The Wall Street Journal just published an amazing essay from Taylor Swift, in which she argues that the music industry is not dying, but in fact "just coming alive."

Based on this piece, there are many reasons to believe that Taylor Swift has not been paying very much attention to the music industry.

June 27, 2014

What do Chrissie Hynde, John McEnroe, and Neil Young have in common?

They all play on Chrissie's new solo album.

June 20, 2014

"A Professional Musician Explains What Makes A Hit"

Over my (non musically trained) head, but may be of interest to others.

June 13, 2014

"Don't Save Me"


(Rhymes with "time". Hebrew for "life".)

June 06, 2014

All of a sudden, plagiarism in pop music is hot

"Stairway to Heaven: The Song Remains Pretty Similar" and "Listen To These Clips And Decide If 'Stairway To Heaven' Is A Ripoff Of An Obscure Song From The 60s".

"Elvis wasn’t the first to steal black music: 10 white artists who 'borrowed' from R&B before The King".

And this last one reminds me of Picasso's "Good artists copy but great artists steal": "Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed".

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.

June 04, 2014

"Brad Paisley on the Biggest Difference Between Rock and Country"

Summary: country musicians have to be nice

May 30, 2014

What Queen Bey probably would have sounded like had she recorded 45 years ago

The Flirtations, "Nothing But a Heartache". (Link via Metafilter.)

May 29, 2014

"What People Don’t Want To Believe"

From Bob Lefsetz, claims about the music business:

1. Only blockbusters count and make serious dough. Either you’re a superstar or you’re starving. Yes, the Internet allows old folks and some young ‘uns to troll on on a subsistence budget doing house concerts and maybe playing theatres, which have now all been relabeled “clubs,” but the dream of paying your dues and breaking through is just a dream.

May 25, 2014

"Paul Simon Looks Back on the Anniversary of the Amazing “Graceland”"

One of my favorite albums, ever, and surely one of the best rock albums by an artist over 40. (With a great little anecdote about what Simon found traveling in the Amazon.)

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