Posts Tagged ‘popular culture’

Cassettes Are Back

May 23, 2011

Cassettes Are Back

Psst … Actually, Dolby® noise reduction removes some of that “psst.” Good to know since audio cassettes are back. More precisely, the concept of cassettes is back:

 “Cassette tapes make a comeback,” Caitlin Curran, Washington Post.

“Best of DC 2011, Best Medium: Cassette,” Jonathan L. Fischer, Washington City Paper

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Phoebe Snow, 1952 — 2011

April 27, 2011

Remarkable singer Phoebe Snow died yesterday. Read about her in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Newark Star-Ledger and on the NPR Music blog.

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Best Bass Players?

April 1, 2011

 Best Bass Players?

“Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time.” See it here, with video clips.

Rolling Stone asked readers to vote on the top ten bass players of all time, and the results demonstrate the weakness of the “crowdsourcing” concept. Even limiting the selection to Rock/Pop/R&B players of the electric bass, a list without James Jamerson, Bootsy Collins, Leland Sklar, or Bob Babbitt simply cannot be taken seriously.

 

Image (“Sir Nicholas Carew Plays Reverse Thunderbird Goth Bass, after Hans Holbein the Younger”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Washington in Austin

March 23, 2011

Washington in Austin

The South By Southwest (SxSW) festival is over, so now it can be told: some Washington DC bands were actually there. Others stayed away, echoing Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded.”

Meet the bands here. 

More: “Photos: What D.C. Looked Like at SXSW,” Erica Bruce, ArtsDesk, Washington City Paper.

 

Image (“Washington Band Crossing Lake Austin, after Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

March 17th marks an American popular and commercial holiday with roots in the liturgical calendar. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (1848) started and ended at memorials to George Washington and allowed Irish Americans to demonstrate both their love of their heritage and allegiance to  their new country. For many today the holiday presents an opportunity for adults to dye their tongues green.

 

Sure, an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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The Telecaster Turns 60

March 2, 2011

Celebrating 60 Years of the Fender Telecaster

Fender’s classic Telecaster guitar just turned 60 years old. The solid-body guitar that changed County, Rock, and Blues music sounds just as good as ever. Take it from James Burton, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Elliot Easton, Keith Urban, and a few of their pals.

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Classic Guitar Riffs

January 19, 2011

Classic Guitar Riffs

Jason Persse posted his list of the “50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll.” While we may disagree with some of his choices, you can’t beat the way he did it, with streaming sound clips.

“50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Jason Persse, Spinner.

 

Image (“Gentleman in a Blue Jacket with a Red Guitar, after Jacopo Amigoni”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Happy Birthday Elvis

January 8, 2011

 Happy Birthday Elvis

January 8, 2011: Elvis Aron Presley is 76 today. So is is his twin brother Jesse

Our Elvis is alive; sorry about yours.

 

 

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Women Rock

December 28, 2010

Women Rock

Lucy O’Brien has an interesting post in the Britannica blog. Ms. O’Brien is author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop & Soul and She Bop II, and she reflects on the role of women in the music industry, and how it has changed in the past quarter century.

It’s a rich subject. If you agree, here are a few more titles to consider:

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Sociologist’s Totems

November 27, 2010

Sociologist's Totems

“The lyrics of contemporary popular song, of rock and rap and country, are the ones which reflect the immediacy of our world, much as theater songs did in the first half of the twentieth century. They are the sociologist’s totems.”

Who wrote that?

Robert Christgau? Simon Frith? Todd Gitlin? Peter Wicke? Robert Palmer? Lester Bangs? Paul Friedlander? R. Serge Denisoff? Greil Marcus?

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