Archive for April 2013

Album cover art for aging rockers is tricky business

Black Sabbath – "13".  At 64, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne is a veritable spring chicken in this geriatric group.  Unfortunately, his rocker lifestyle hasn’t been so kind to him, so Black Sabbath smartly chose to feature the album’s name—but of course is a badass kind of way.
I’ve recently been fascinated by the number of (*ahem*) older artists who are still putting out new material.  Huzzah!  However, a conundrum may occur when trying to decide on an appropriate album cover.  What’s an aging rocker to do?  Pretend they’re still hip and hot?  Embrace their agedness?  Skirt the issue altogether by not featuring... Read more »

Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?

Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?
Each week I anticipate what new music will present itself to me. For the cost of my monthly Spotify subscription, I can indulge my musical attention deficit disorder, bouncing from one thing to another without a second thought.  Here are a few things I sampled this week: • Will.i.am – I gave it a day or... Read more »

If you think Tyga's lyrics are offensive, wait until you hear what his name means

If you think Tyga's lyrics are offensive, wait until you hear what his name means
Sometimes when I’m bored (at work), I’ll check iTunes to see what albums are topping the charts, and then I’ll have something new to listen to.  Thus was the case yesterday when I noticed that Tyga (who?) had one of the top albums.  Based on his appearance (tattoos on his face, fur coat and hat despite... Read more »
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Is Brad Paisley Racist?

Is Brad Paisley Racist?
Racism: a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others. There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle in the past 24 hours about one of the songs on the new Brad Paisley album, “Wheelhouse.” The song is called “Accidental Racist” and is full of... Read more »