Posts in category "Music News"

Solving the Kanye-Grammy problem for future shows

Perhaps you heard that at Sunday night’s Grammy awards, our beloved Kanye went on stage when Beck won Album of the Year, apparently to self mock his hijack of Taylor Swift’s win six years ago. He quickly retreated. In both this and the T-Swift instance, his friend Beyoncé was nominated and did not win. After... Read more »

Why is Taylor Swift not on Spotify?

Why is Taylor Swift not on Spotify?
Last week when Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated new album, 1989, was released, I was not surprised that it wasn’t on Spotify.  I remembered that her last album, Red, wasn’t on Spotify for so long that I didn’t care about it by the time it finally surfaced on the streaming service I enjoy.  Today, however, came... Read more »

August 2014 New Music Favorites

Welcome to my second installment of “monthly finds” thanks to Spotify’s New Music Tuesday weekly playlist.  For context, the 19 songs you see here were chosen from about 200 that I listened to, so you can be assured they have been carefully selected.  And now without further ado: 1. “East of Eden” – Zella Day 2. “Heart... Read more »
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Is the fact that Chief Keef is from Englewood an excuse for his bad behavior?

Is the fact that Chief Keef is from Englewood an excuse for his bad behavior?
A few days ago I wrote a post about Chief Keef, the 18 year old rapper from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, who is mixing crazy success with large doses of trouble.  Since I have an 18 year old son, I feel somewhat knowledgeable about what a kid that age is like from a developmental standpoint, whether... Read more »

Chief Keef and my son: a tale of two 18 year olds

Chief Keef and my son: a tale of two 18 year olds
Chief Keef, infamous Chicago rapper, has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently.  Within the past two months alone, he has completed a court ordered rehab stay, been arrested for DUI, was present during a shooting at his manager’s house and went to court for owing months of rent on his Highland... Read more »

Sean Combs and his latest name change

Sean Combs and his latest name change
Sometimes I feel compelled to tell people that I use my brain during the day.  That is my rationalization for why I would write about something as banal as what Sean Diddy Combs Puffy Daddy is calling himself this week.  When I think of him, here is what I think of (in this order):  ... Read more »
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Why Pharrell wears that hat and other useful information

Why Pharrell wears that hat and other useful information
Pharrell is everywhere. He stole the show at the Grammy’s (or rather his hat did), and his song from Despicable Me 2, “Happy”, is bringing sunshiney feelings to this endless winter. Plus he starred on two of last summer’s hottest songs, Robin’s Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” And now he has a... Read more »

Does Avicii sing? The answer isn't as obvious as you would think

“I’m very happy that I have the chance to earn the respect of new fans with both my lyrics and my voice. A friend of mine told me he had to educate his coworker whom he overheard complimenting Avicii’s voice. He leaned over and said, ‘That’s not actually Avicii singing, that’s Aloe Blacc.'” – Aloe... Read more »

Daft Punk: What you need to know

Daft Punk: What you need to know
You may have been surprised, as I was, that Daft Punk won so many awards at last night’s Grammys.  If you didn’t really know anything about them (beyond hearing “Get Lucky” every few minutes on the radio), you might also have been surprised that Pharrell Williams seemed to be acting as their interpreter.  Who are... Read more »
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My 2014 Grammy Picks

My 2014 Grammy Picks
As you well know, tomorrow represents Grammy Sunday.  There is so much to love about this event: crazy outfits, ridiculous upsets, nonsensical acceptance speeches, feigned excitement by the non-winners.  Literally every emotion will be captured. In order to kill some time between now and the beginning of the show, I’ve decided to ponder who I... Read more »