While I love music, I'm not one to go to too many concerts. Generally, I just go to my one-day stint at the Pitchfork Music Festival. I think I've only deviated from this once or twice since 2009.
I have been listening to Beck longer than I realized. The same probably goes for you, too. Seriously, give it a moment while you think about the first time you ever heard a Beck song. Probably been 20-odd years, hasn't it? Yikes.
A week ago, my BlogBrother Marty Mankins of Banal Leakage started a new feature called "My Favorite Song" in which he highlights his favorite song from a musician or band. I liked the idea a lot, so I asked him if I could steal it and he said yes. At least I think he did. Let me check...
In a nearby town is a little annual festival known as Ribfest. I used to go to this festival when I lived in this town. Years ago. Back when it really was little.
Okay, this isn't really a post about music so much as the equipment you may or may not use to listen to it. Bear with me. If you're not still interested by about paragraph four, I will forgive you for cutting ship and jumping.
When I originally started Tu(n)esday posts five-odd years ago, I did so because Tuesday was the new music release day in the U.S. That changed a year or so ago to Friday to keep it more in line with much of the rest of the music-loving world.
Yes, the Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 roster has been announced and, to me anyway, it seems a bit underwhelming.
One of my all-time favorite movies is the 1985 nerds-with-lasers classic Real Genius starring a then-unknown Val Kilmer in only his second acting gig after 1984's Top Secret and just prior to his breakout role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in Top Gun.
Can I just say how much I love Spotify. Check out what they emailed me:
I need your help real quick!
I have a contentious fandom of Metallica. In the late 80s to the turn of the sunsequent decade, I loved them. ...And Justice For All, Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, etc. You name it, I loved it.
Marty gave me some of the best music news I've heard in several years yesterday.
I'm about to admit something very unpopular in rock music circles... I prefer Van Halen with Sammy Hagar as frontman instead of with David Lee Roth.
This past Sunday was the day Eric and I attended the Pitchfork Music Festival. It had its ups and downs this year. Con permiso...
In this day and age when streaming music is becoming the de facto way to listen to music, I'm curious... how do you listen?
Back in the day, I had a sidebar widget that displayed a handful of albums to which I was currently listening.
June 17 marks a big day for me. Well, musically, anyway.
Seriously, how long has it been since I've done a meme? Like wayyyyyyyyyy too long.
It's been an interesting 24 hours for me in music. I just have to share!
A couple weeks ago, Marty blogged about live performance recordings. I couldn't participate much in the comments because I'd never been much for recordings of live concerts.
I read online today that Axl Rose, the frontman of Guns 'n' Roses may be moonlighting as the frontman of AC/DC.
So say that I, as the proud owner of a shiny new unlimited data plan on my iPhone, were to toe his way into the rapidly flowing rivers of streaming music services, where would you suggest I start?
I graduated with my master's degree more than 15 years ago now. But, even today, I have a soft spot in my cold, dank heart for some of my old grad school professors. Particularly the ones that were part of my thesis committee. You work that closely with people for that long, it's hard not to really like them.
In the wee hours of yesterday morning, Mr. David Robert Jones, more familiar to us as David Bowie, died after an 18 month battle against cancer.
I'm pretty sure I already know how this will play out, but, given a choice of the two upcoming album releases, which would you choose?
And you're welcome.
As if it weren't enough that I finally got to see the Foo Fighters live this past August...
Recently, Billboard.com ranked their Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums. I heard the announcement about this on the radio and they were none too happy with some of the results. I can't say I blame them.
I've been a fan of Joss Stone for many, many years. I have no idea how I found this bluesy British songstress, but I did and I own several of her albums. She's pretty amazing.
No, "Plethora" is not the name of a band. At least not that I know of. It's just a reference to all the new music I have building up in my library that I have yet to listen to. There's so much of it! And so little time.
I may love modern electronic and independent music and the like, but I have trouble saying no to my old classics. Mostly the old metal bands that I loved as a teenager.
Have you ever changed the lyrics to a song in your head? It doesn't even have to be the entire song. Maybe just a single line.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! As is my personal tradition, I load a bunch of Irish punk or blues music on my iPhone and go to town. Actually, I tend to do this all week leading up to it if I remember in time. I thought I might spend this Tu(n)esday sharing some of what I'm listening to this year.
Back before the start of the second semester of my freshman year of college, I transferred from Iowa State University back home to Northern Illinois University. Being that the World Wide Web didn't quite exist for the masses yet, the only way to learn about new music was from the radio and local concerts. Admittedly Iowa State didn't have much of a music scene that I was aware of at the time. But, once I transferred back to NIU with its proximity to Chicago, my music world opened up. And this was right as alt rock was kicking in the door on the scene.
I think I've said this somewhere before, but I love EPs. Just a short, very much on-point album. Much like a short story, there's no room for fluff.