“Best Albums Playlist”

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“I Don’t Think Sinead O’Connor Belongs in the RRHOF but I Still Might Not Be an A**hole”

We’ve come around again to what’s typically a pretty painful endeavor, the nomination enlistments for the annual rock and roll hall of fame induction. I don’t have anything against the rock hall existing, mind you, as some people do, and I don’t even think hip-hop should be disallowed, either, for that matter. If I know … Read more“I Don’t Think Sinead O’Connor Belongs in the RRHOF but I Still Might Not Be an A**hole”

“How Gangsta Rap Could Usher in a Post-Musical Age: My ‘2pac Toggling List’”

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting around my motel room, eating, listening to music and waiting for the Michigan game to start. I had my “2pac Toggling List” on, which is a bunch of ‘Pac and a bunch of other really violent, uncompromising gangsta rap. We all know the drill on this stuff by … Read more“How Gangsta Rap Could Usher in a Post-Musical Age: My ‘2pac Toggling List’”

“It Looks Like Green Day Has Finally Taken the Logical Progression and Released a Fall out Boy Record”

If only for the sheer mass of cultural pressure administered by women in their 20s or 30s craving more music to drive to prom to, Green Day has released a record that sounds like it could be by Fall out Boy. Gone are all of the stylistic flares and forays that made Father of All… … Read more“It Looks Like Green Day Has Finally Taken the Logical Progression and Released a Fall out Boy Record”

“Cream’s Cover of ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ by Howlin’ Wolf is a Good Litmus Test for Old vs. New Music Taste”

There are things the new generation does that are just different. Let’s face it. They’d be loath before the idea of going into a Pizza Hut, ordering, and then sitting there for 10 minutes without a smart phone, while the stuff’s getting cooked. This would be my comfort zone, as it were.  Recently, anyway, this … Read more“Cream’s Cover of ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ by Howlin’ Wolf is a Good Litmus Test for Old vs. New Music Taste”

“‘Hail to the Nixers’: A Brief Snapshot of Michigan’s Alternate Fight Song Permutation, from a Theoretical Standpoint”

First of all I must say congratulations to my Michigan Wolverines on securing the national championship in college football, hence violating what in the prior 25 years had been our serious policy against winning the championship in any sport. (I think we made something like eight final fours in that time between football, basketball, hockey … Read more“‘Hail to the Nixers’: A Brief Snapshot of Michigan’s Alternate Fight Song Permutation, from a Theoretical Standpoint”