As a part of my city council duties, I sit on a board governing the operation of the town ice arena. We recently forked over a hefty amount of cash to pay for a license from BMI, a music-rights management company, to mitigate potential fines for the public presentation of recorded music at the arena. […]
The influence of the Beatles on the culture of the 20th century, and beyond, is second to none. Even 50 years after most Beatles songs were released, dozens continue to play daily in every United States radio market, on television, and in movies. Anyone who doubts the extent of the cultural impact of the Beatles […]
Formerly Orthodox, still Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu was denied the ability to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Spain because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. According to the Times of Israel: Festival organizers were driven by intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the reports said. Artists scheduled to […]
There’s an economic concept known as a positional good, in which an object is only valued by the possessor because it’s not possessed by others. The term was coined in 1976 by economist Fred Hirsch to replace the more colloquial, but less precise “neener-neener.” —Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory, episode Season 3, Episode […]
Ultimate Classic Rock Got It All Wrong: Here’s a True Ranking of the Beatles’ Albums from Worst to First
The folks over at Ultimate Classic Rock published their ranking of the Beatles’ albums a couple of weeks ago. God bless them, they tried, but they got it all wrong. So I’m here to set them straight with my ranking. Enjoy! 13. Yellow Submarine (1969) #13 on UCR‘s list Yellow Submarine is really only half a […]
For years Zac Brown Band has walked an interesting line between country and rock. Those of us who had the privilege of seeing them before they became famous can remember shows that featured more rock than country moments, and every one of their albums has featured moments of Southern rock, Buffett-style island pop, reggae, and […]
In 1979, The Who, at the peak of their career, released the documentary summing up the band’s first 15 years, The Kids Are Alright. As veteran rock critic Dave Marsh wrote in his 1983 biography of the group, Before I Get Old, published to coincide with the band’s “first” farewell tour that year: Kids is […]
Stevie Ray Vaughan versus Jeff Beck, “Blowing it up at the Honolulu Convention.” They were both in town for a CBS Convention; while there, Stevie Ray invited Beck up on stage with him. What follows is excellent! “Honolulu Convention” Beck wins this matchup. Even Stevie Ray agrees.
Liz Sheld recently had an article up titled “The 10 Best ’80s Alternative Songs.” This is a durn good list. I recollect all of those acts from during their heyday quite well, and I enjoyed them all very much. But I must respectfully disagree with the premise – “Alternative” as a genre is really a […]
With her song “Sorry Babe, You’re a Feminist” comedian and songwriter Katie Goodman reacts to the onslaught of millennial celebrities who refuse to take on the title of “feminist” with reasons ranging from the practical (“like voting, like driving?”) to the politically stereotypical rants about online conservatives (perhaps she has yet to encounter Christina “Factual […]
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”: Answer: Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first major act to sign onto the concert at Woodstock, but (by their own request) do not appear in the film? Recent “Superstars,” Creedence inspired numerous others to do so as well. However, they found themselves scheduled to appear beginning at 3 AM! […]
1. In 1957, the song “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” from the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song: 2. In 1979, Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s former wife, Patti. Harrison attends the wedding ceremony, and he and Clapton remain good friends. Patti was the subject […]
Who knew? The popular star of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs (and the tireless promoter of all-things-that-are-good-about-America) is also an opera singer! According to his Wikipedia biography, Rowe sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera. He says about this job, “I joined the opera to get my union card and meet girls. I was a saloon singer, so I […]
Need further proof that Israeli Jews are anything but racist towards their Arab counterparts? Listen to the music. A-WA brings the Yemeni folk beats made famous by Ofra Haza into the 21st century with style. They put a new twist on classic Barbie Jeep imagery, and as far as those fez baseball caps? Yes, please. […]
VIDEO: What’s More Sexist, Meghan Trainor Singing to Her Future Husband, or JCPenney’s Butt-Firming Jeans for Teens?
You have to admit the retro stylings of YouTube star Meghan Trainor make for some catchy little tunes. But in her latest video, Dear Future Husband, the siren dons pinup-wear while scrubbing the floor of a 50′s kitchen and warning her husband he’d better compliment her every day and buy her jewelry. Contemporary feminists are in […]
Next week one of my favorite ’80s movies (and of all time), The Breakfast Club, will return to theaters with a newly restored version for its 30th anniversary. I feel old. In honor of The Breakfast Club re-release, here are my picks for the top ten thirteen ’80s alternative songs. These songs most remind me […]
“This machine kills fascists.” ― Woody Guthrie Since the end of the Cold War, many a suspicion has been confirmed of how devious Communist operatives worked their way into our national institutions. After the fall of the USSR, for a brief time, Russian authorities were fairly forthcoming in their release of documents and secrets: Academia, Hollywood, […]
If you love “Bohemian Rhapsody” as much as I do – it’s one of my all-time favorites – be sure to watch this version of the epic Queen song. Trust me, you’ll start your day with a bang.
Today’s female metal rocker is not your ’80s Lita Ford. Modern metal women are classically trained opera singers whose wide-ranging, breathtaking vocals embody heavy metal with an extraordinary resonance that soars up and down the scales with beautiful dramatic coloratura, demonstrating the musical capability of the human body that indeed defies gravity. This musical style […]
All of you feeble mortals can consider this list Lord Reptile’s love letter to classic heavy metal albums. The Reptile does not necessarily like any genre of metal more than the other, but that might be because the standards that he holds metal to are actually quite narrow. If you want to begin to have […]
There’s a subset of Jewish culture that has so much money to blow on their kids that celebrations like Bar Mitzvahs turn into outrageous, television-worthy affairs. If you want the full story in the form of a cute, thoughtful comedy, check out Keeping Up with the Steins. If you want to skip straight to the awkward […]
This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”: After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups: The first week of February we featured the […]