Tag Archives: pop

Give this post a soundtrack

[…] The mini-fad for referencing turn-of-the-'90s hip-hop may just be an accident; the samples Pretty Ricky, Lloyd and Musiq Soulchild employ have been mined by other artists, including Nelly and Ini Kamoze. But by vocalizing these hooks instead of just interpolating them, the younger artists claim a legacy. Lloyd and the members of Pretty Ricky […]

Vox Hunt: A Favorite Song from ’06

Audio:  Share one of your favorite songs from 2006. 01 Something Isn't Right Herbert Pitchfork: There was a track written about on Pitchfork recently, "Something Isn't Right", the first track on Scale, and the writer, Mark Pytlik, said that you could tell in a few moments it was a Herbert track. And I think that's […]

Snap, crackle …

Steve Reich – Eight Lines – www.londonstevereichensemble.com […] Time changes when you listen to Steve's music. It is, or rather was, so unorthodox, that the pulse and rate of breathing, thinking, and being, changes. It's like someone invented an alternative way of keeping time. A more human way – reflective of the ominous pain inherent […]

Gimme an iPod-compatible coffin …

The top 10 most requested songs were: Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt. Angels, Robbie Williams I've Had the Time of My Life, Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler Pie Jesu, Requiem Candle in the Wind, Elton John With or Without You, U2 Tears from Heaven, Eric Clapton Every Breath You […]

Practicing and performing the mnemonic rituals of a kinetic orality

The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double Dutch to Hip-hop Chicken Noodle Soup […] In The Games Black Girls Play, Gaunt argues that cheers — songs and seemingly nonsensical chants performed in conjunction with handclaps and foot stomps — offer entertainment for black girls across the country, but they also play a […]

Reaching for the stars

"The Long Tail" knows how I spent my Sundays There are boxes and boxes of paper and newspaper and receipts and CDs in my room. They can't stay there forever, but they certainly can't stay in the storage unit about a block away from us. I am hopeful that somewhere in there, perhaps in the […]


Now that I have the sense not to, I can run for president. I'm mo longer lumped in with that highly-sought-after 18- to 34-year-old male demographic. No. 1 song when I turned 18, almost half a life ago? In the U.S., "Good Thing" by the Fine Young Cannibals; in the UK, "Back To Life (How […]

What song makes you happy?

Too many ditties make me go bop. The question implies listening to said song for a while: time-tested, bad-mood-approved. This week's top-of-mind is Terence Blanchard's "Mo' Better Blues," with the O'Jays' "Backstabbers" or Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now (Wait Until Tonight)" as close seconds. I've also been crushing on the corn-syrupy sweetness […]