Blurred Lines is Exactly right!!!
After getting the verdict in regards to the “Blurred Lines” song resembling the Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up” I have to say as a music lover (and sometimes guitar player) this verdict is completely absurd! As a 80’s child I remember being able to play at least 4-5 songs in a 1 […]
Beck is Going to Steely Dan Beyoncé and Sam Smith
The Grammys might break the internet this weekend.  Not because of a performance, well, not for the purpose of this blog post, but because of Beck.  Beck, born Beck Hansen is a survivor of the 90’s Alternative scene.  People my age know him as the guy who broke the radio with Loser in 1994. Younger […]
The Great Story Behind A Great Song
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, I decided to find out more about this year’s Oscar-nominated songs. I love stumbling across obscure dark-horse nominees in this category—and sure enough, tucked in between hits from Pharrell Willams and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, I found a small gem of a song called Alone Yet Not […]
Music Is Becoming a Whole Lot of Nothing
If you’ve been around long enough (like I have), you’ve seen music move from records to 8-tracks to cassettes to CDs to MP3 storage devices. But now it’s time to prepare for the next big innovation in music storage media: nothing. According to a recent Rolling Stone article, music fans are beginning to ditch the […]
In Search of a Decent Theme (Song)
In order to get myself in the proper creepy mood for Halloween, I recently checked out the new FX TV series American Horror Story: Coven. (Truth be told, I also wanted to score some “real man” points with Z, Retail Radio’s resident horror movie enthusiast. How’d that work for me, Z?) Right away, I had […]
How Much Has Music Really Changed?
I wonder when it all changed? I sit here trying to rack my brain as to when the songs of substance transitioned into the songs about substances… Where the songs that stood for something became the songs that were about nothing. Now I know it’s easy to reflect about the good ole days because in […]
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be simple. If you are a band that had an impact on the consumer, the music, and fellow musicians, then you should be in. It’s not that simple. It’s not that simple because there is not a mathematical formula to decide who is in and out. People […]
Pandora and Music Licensing Fees
Paul Simon is one. Macklemore is one. Robin Thicke is one. So is Scott Thomas, so is Drew Gasparini, and so is Wouter De Backer. What are they? They are Songwriters. Some of the names are more recognizable than others, and some seem to be more famous for performing, but they are in fact songwriters. […]
Taylor Swift, Joni Mitchell, and Billboard
We caught some of the Billboard Music Awards on TV the other night. Taylor Swift took home eight awards, and her performance of “22” was one of the show’s highlights. Her song began in the dressing room, and we followed her through the halls inside the arena, and then through the audience, and finally up […]
This Sister Rocks!
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) was recently featured on “American Masters” on PBS. Not enough people realize what a profound talent she was, and what a big influence she had on both gospel and rock and roll music. Sister Rosetta experienced great fame in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s with her exuberant, expressive singing and her […]