Category Archives: music

Second hits by alleged one-hit wonders

Saw #NationalOneHitWonderDay trending on Twitter and figured I would spot several bands and musicians unfairly labeled as such. Ever since I saw a TV special label Suzanne Vega a one-hit wonder just because one of her songs was bigger than … Continue reading

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Two posts this month, each one a reaction to an Ultimate Classic Rock post. Maybe I need to diversify my reading? This one is on backwards-masking. Remember that? Remember when millions of kids played Led Zeppelin backwards and grew up … Continue reading

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Neil Peart through the ages

Observe how Neil Peart plays a particularly tricky passage of Tom Sawyer around the 3:05 mark in this video from the early 80s: Now see how he did it in 2011: Looks like he’s using two hands to do what he used … Continue reading

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On race, bias, identity and other grad-school bullshit

Last night, Jonathan Coulton opened for Aimee Mann on the first night of their tour in Washington, and this happened: JC: This is a song about a giant squid who hates himself Crowd: Whooooooooooooo!!! I laughed. Then something hit me. … Continue reading

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The best Canadian songs ever

I heard the Sloan song Underwhelmed today, which naturally made me think of the best Canadian songs ever. Apparently, the CBC made a list of 100 in 2004. (The CBC site has redesigned, so I couldn’t find the original.) Some of it makes sense. … Continue reading

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Link Dump, 5-22-16: Emerson/Tufnel, the death of facts

If I shared everything I read, I would have such a high volume of social media output that no one would follow me any more. So, on occasion, I’m going to do what I’m calling “Link Dump.” It’s a potpourri … Continue reading

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Jim Sherman, rock and roll teacher: 1947-2016

We just stayed and jammed. I’m not even sure why Mr. Carter, a social studies teacher, was in the music trailer behind the gym. But he and I and Mr. Sherman, the merry ringleader of the eclectic “music” offerings in … Continue reading

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