Category Archives: music

Weird Al-related question: Lamest claims to fame

Lame Claim to Fame isn’t the best track on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s No. 1 album Mandatory Fun, but it’s worth a listen, and the video entertains: And now it’s stuck in my head. Whenever I think of some tenuous connection I have … Continue reading

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Classic rock: Inside the numbers

From FiveThirtyEight: Led Zeppelin is classic rock. So are Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne. But what about U2 or Nirvana? As a child of the 1990s, I never doubted that any of these bands were classic rock, even though it … Continue reading

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Vulfpeck 1, Spotify 0

I love Spotify as a consumer. But frankly, I’d be willing to chip in a few more bucks. Given the current system, I have to admire the creativity here: A Scrappy Young Band Just Outsmarted Spotify for $20,000 to Give … Continue reading

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Muse is cheaper than Stone Temple Pilots

So says this list of prices to play on college campuses. You can get Muse for $150K, but Stone Temple Pilots will cost you $250-$400K. Dave Matthews Band? One million dollars. The original post at Priceonomics raises a few red … Continue reading

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Is that an iPhone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

I think the Pixies are one of the world’s most overrated bands, so I didn’t know the song in this iPhone ad I’ve seen in heavy rotation. Twitter buddy hoover_dam recognized it. Here’s how Slate put it: Apple’s new iPhone … Continue reading

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The Supertramp-Sept. 11 conspiracy

Supertramp’s Goodbye Stranger is not a subtle song. The guy isn’t ready to settle down. He’s an early morning lover, and he must be moving on. But if you go to Songfacts and SongMeanings, you’ll find a few alternate theories, many of … Continue reading

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Manfred Mann’s Earth Band covers the Police

No idea why this popped into my head today, but it’s one of the great oddball covers by a band that seemed to re-emerge with an oddball cover once or twice per decade. This is from the 1983 release Somewhere in … Continue reading

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Concert review: Muse

Is Muse overwrought? Brilliant? Pretentious? The world’s best band? Yes. To all of those descriptions. One of my favorite music-criticism quotes, and I’ve cited it before, is from the book 50 Worst Rock and Roll Records: “If U2 weren’t full … Continue reading

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Best music videos ever? Well, there’s Radiohead and Foo Fighters

A lot of the selections in NME’s 100 Greatest Music Videos are from what you might call the post-MTV era, so color me skeptical. I might need to go back at some point and check out a few of them. … Continue reading

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Today in weird theremin-ish music

Rock musicians are supposedly the ones on drugs, but I wonder what made people think, “Hey, let’s play Beethoven on Russian nesting dolls …” 167 Theremin Players Perform Beethoven | Mental Floss.

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