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10cc bubblegum pop

High Art, Low Art, and 10cc: The Bubblegum Connection

“Highbrow” and “lowbrow” are terms that seem increasingly fuzzy to me lately. But if we choose the right examples, the division is still there. Grand opera vs. Disney pop. The latest Werner Herzog film vs. Bewitched. Lucian Freud vs. the design on my cereal box.

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If You Like ’80s Synth Pop…

It’s no secret we tend to romanticize, even fetishize, the past. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, not quite two decades into rock and roll, as psychedelia and prog rock continued to take fans further “out there,” a wave of nostalgia for the genre’s

joni mitchell hejira

Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira”: An Underappreciated Masterpiece

Everyone has albums they come back to again and again, albums they would take to their proverbial desert island. Such albums have made a deep connection to the heart, and to life experience, sometimes in ways we barely understand, or only slowly unpack as we

Jimi Hendrix and “A Day In The Life” – Part Deux

Thanks to everyone who posted comments on our video about Jimi Hendrix’s possible influence on The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.” I have gotten lots of questions, so I thought I would post some answers to the most common ones. Q: I thought Jimi Hendrix didn’t write

2017 album releases

10 Albums to Look Out For in 2017

In music, the only thing as important as knowing what’s happened is knowing what’s just about to happen. But there’s no prognostication involved in staying a step ahead when it comes to the new year’s schedule of album releases. All you have to do is