Category Archives: Music

The Consumer Surveillance State: The Joan Jett Edition

Recently, I got into a pleasant argument with someone about whether Joan Jett, in her early days, was a punk rocker (the argument was pleasant BECAUSE I WON). What this required was the two of us looking at a bunch … Continue reading

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Generation X

I’ve been digging through some old things, and stumbled across this song–the original version–by a band called Generation X. It will probably sound familiar:

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The Most Important Cultural Question EVAR

After watching this funny video from John Oliver’s show about the Eurovision Song Contest (below), a very bizarre question popped into my head: If the U.S. could enter, what would our Eurovision act be? We could enter some high powered, … Continue reading

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The Original Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Whether you love or despise it, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun will always be a key part of 80s pop music. What I didn’t know is that Lauper was performing a cover of Robert Hazard’s song of … Continue reading

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Why I Oppose the Comcast-TimeWarner Merger

When it comes to the entertainment industry, it’s always worth listening to former TimeWarner executive Howie Klein. Here’s what he has to say (boldface mine): As Ken pointed out, he’s an East Coast victim of TimeWarner Cable; I’m a West … Continue reading

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The Birth of U.S. Music Recording

David Byrne gives us a history lesson: It goes way back to World War II where this soldier, Jack Mullin, who was a bit of an engineer heard some broadcast from Germany in the wee hours of the morning. It … Continue reading

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Not a Bad Way to Spend a Saturday Evening

Observed on the Boston Common:

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Accentuate the Positive

Some Ella Fitzgerald brought to you by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, at Outside the Box on the Boston Common. By the way, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are playing on the Common tonight at 8pm. Might want to attend that. … Continue reading

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Outside the Box, But Trapped Behind a Fence?

No, I’m not mixing metaphors. Starting July 13th, Outside The Box, a nine-day arts and concert series on the Boston Common (and other parts of Boston) will take place. However, things are still under construction for now: By the way, … Continue reading

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Internet Killed the Video (and Radio) Star

In a very interesting interview, Jaron Lanier describes something that annoys me to no end (boldface mine): I’m quite concerned that in the future someone might not know what author they’re reading. You see that with music. You would think … Continue reading

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