Green Day’s Dookie Turns 20, I Turn Nostalgic

February 1, 1994 Green Day released their classic album Dookie. Before going any further, ’70s punk fans are among the most sanctimonious purists and moralists in all of music, rivaling even the worst religious people in their self-righteousness, so if they show up in the comments section decrying the abomination of Green Day’s mainstream power [Read More...]

The Amazing New Interactive Video For Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”

In November, Bob Dylan’s legendary song “Like A Rolling Stone”, received its first official video and it is a masterpiece and innovation in the genre. The video has a fascinating interactive feature that lets you change the channels you are watching. Each channel you play features people on real and imagined TV shows mouthing the [Read More...]

What Happens When You Take Away The Glossy Effects and Just Let Pop Stars Sing. The Results Will Change The Way You See Them Forever.

Sometimes there are real artists underneath all the autotuning and banal vocal constrictions of the pop medium. It can be revelatory when you take out the slick production and just let them perform in a stripped down way. Listen to this ear-opening performance by One Direction for example: I’ll never hear these guys the same. [Read More...]

Lily Allen’s New Feminist Song

It’s really hard to do songs that advocate a moral or political point of view without generating unlistenable lyrics. But Lily Allen pulls it off really well here. On Edit: I should be more careful… After only listening to the song but not watching the video while I was surfing around doing other things, I [Read More...]

Lisa Hannigan’s Knots

I love this video because it visually represents so well the pure joy that Lisa exudes when she sings that hooked me on her music from the start. The song, “Knots”, is from her 2011 album Passenger I got to see her live four years ago at a Barnes and Noble in Manhattan, sitting just [Read More...]

I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by Lance Wisely)

Lance Wisely

Below is a guest post from Lance Wisely, an alumnus of my online philosophy classes, reprinted with permission from his blog Heretic With A Heart. Many videos feature gratuitious, problematic objectification, but the video for Wrecking Ball is willing to be incongruous and senseless to do so. The video opens. Miley is crying. This song is [Read More...]

I Saw Neko Case Last Night! And Her New Songs Are Great. Listen:

I got to see Neko Case for free last night at an event sponsored by Pandora and T-Mobile. She was great (as always). Now I’ve seen her both with the New Pornographers and without, so that’s great. She said it was her first time performing the songs from the new album before an audience of [Read More...]

James Hetfield as Nietzschean Yes-Sayer

Nietzsche, in the Gay Science 276, writes: I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do [Read More...]

“Keep Your Fearsome God At Bay”

A cool new anti-religion song by an indie band whose lead singer grew up the daughter of my pastor. [Read more...]


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