For better or for worse, the last few years have seen the music business move back into being a very singles driven medium. With the dominance of streaming services making physical musical media a shadow of what it used to be, more and more artists are seeing that the big money is in singles that … Continue reading 10 Essential Albums From the Singles Era
It was 1956, and Nat King Cole was ready to go back to his roots. Since the Nat King Cole Trio truly broke out in 1946 with their version of The Brown Dots song “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” Cole had gradually been doing less and less piano playing, instead focusing on his singing. … Continue reading Essential Albums: Nat King Cole’s After Midnight
With the recent announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate in the race for the Presidency of the United States, the blatant racism of Republicans continues to show itself. As if the obvious disregard for Black lives in their opposition to Black Lives Matter was not enough, "birtherism" has seen a major resurgence. … Continue reading Kamala Harris and the Importance of Representation
When ranking the greatest songwriters in rock and popular music of all time, most lists are capped off by either John Lennon, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan. Although the quality of their work speaks for itself, and I think they are all certainly worthy of high praise, my pick will likely always be the incredible … Continue reading 10 Essential Songs by Smokey Robinson
The prevailing consensus among the majority of progressives or just generally left-leaning Americans is that the right has some sort of monopoly on bigotry. Although they may be majority shareholders in the enterprises of racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, the reality is that far more of the people on "our side" are toxic towards marginalized … Continue reading How Progressive Hypocrisy is Damaging the Movement
As states start to prematurely open up one by one, those of us who pay attention to what medical experts and pandemic specialists have to say wait with bated breath for the inevitable spike in new cases. The curve was still growing in many major centers of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the recent openings will … Continue reading Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Day #66: “Ball of Confusion”
I remember the first time I was ever asked who my favorite musical artist or band was. I'm not sure who it was that asked me, probably one of my uncles, but I was about 6 or 7 years old. I had become obsessed with music already, thanks to constantly being in the car with … Continue reading Farewell to Little Richard
Just short of two months of the self-quarantine life, and in the last few weeks I finally feel like I'm used to it. It no longer feels like a big imposition to be at home all the time; the reality of this being our way of life for the foreseeable future has really sunk in. … Continue reading Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Day #59: “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”
By my estimation, the last time I left the house for anything that wasn't picking up groceries was two weeks ago today, when I went to the doctor to investigate some chronic pain. It feels like months ago, with all that is happening around the world now because of Coronavirus. Since then, I've made three … Continue reading Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Day #15: "Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow"
Imagine being dead for almost 50 years, but having left behind such an incredible legacy of material that new releases are still worthy of discussion compared to the best albums of the year. This is the case with Live in Europe, a "new" live album by the legendary Louis Armstrong.