Despite having plenty of access to Latino culture as a resident of a major metropolis, I still have not for the life of me been able to learn much Mexican folk music. You know, the songs that define the culture for an entire nation, yet here in America they’re rudely appropriated from their original context… Continue reading What I learned Today #3: Cielito Lindo
Rather than another rant about the general awfulness of selection on radio stations that go "all Christmas songs" before Halloween, let’s check out some links to favorite aural treats: "Sound Opinions," NPR’s rock’n’roll talk show, is scheduled for a visit from DJ Andy Cizran, who each year presents a collection of found vinyl Christmas oddities.… Continue reading A few of my favorite Holiday sounds
Click here, while the link is active, for the raw footage of the overserved Chicago cop beating up a bartender: http://video.nbc5.com/player/?id=83968 (c) 2007, WMAQ. All rights reserved. Without the voiceover of a news reader narrating the story, we find out that the beating ends just as the jukebox finishes playing Johnny Cash’ "Sunday Morning Coming… Continue reading Creepiest Johnny Cash soundtrack
Today, over one thousand morning jocks will be playing drop-ins of dialogue from the movie Groundhog Day. Five hundred of them will play the same piece of dialog over and over after every song or commercial. We get it. The movie was about a guy forced to live the same day over and over. It’s… Continue reading Attention Radio DJs!
As much as I enjoy oldies music, there’s a very big flaw in the way it’s been presented on the radio: there’s nothing new! Once a playlist for an oldies radio station has been set, there seems to be an Iron Curtain around it that prevents any songs from being added or removed. Each Memorial… Continue reading Radio Ga-Ga
This week, the Chicago Sun-Times is running a special report on the 25th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers. Click here to go there now! Read it now? Okay. In 1980 I was DJ’ing a novelty record show at Iowa State University called "The Mutant Patrol." John Candy got scheduled to do a… Continue reading Jake & Elwood Do a Quarter
So, which pop song’s use in a commercial represents the greatest sell-out of a generation’s attitudes? Led Zeppelin’s "Rock ‘n Roll" for Cadillac? The Clash’s "Should I Stay or Should I Go" for Pontiac’s G6 "Oprahmobile?" The entire Who catalog for everything from the Hummer to cholesterol drugs? Jefferson Airplane’s "Volunteers" for E*Trade? I was… Continue reading Ready to feel even older?
I realize that I’m just adding to the frenzy by commenting on Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, but as an allegedly cultural observer, I must! I MUST!!! I actually did not see the incident in question; I looked away from the screen for that instant or two. What I did see was the amazing… Continue reading Feeding the Boobage Beast
I was “Googling” to see if my hometown newspaper, the Schaller Herald had any online presence yet (it didn’t), and stumbled across a web page citing the Herald’s editor as one among many who were dumbfounded by an 1898 tour by the pride of Marion, Iowa: the Cherry Sisters. Click the link here to read.… Continue reading Remembering the Good Old Days
Was just reading some news squibs about the fact that some bands, specifically Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers have refused to have their music sold online via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Their rationale was that they were unhappy with the service for allowing customers to download individual tracks, with the rationale that “Our artists… Continue reading All Killer, No Filler?