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Neil Tennant: ‘Sometimes I think, where’s the art, the poetry in all this?’ | Music | The Guardian
“Really quite often, a publisher says, ‘Let’s get Neil Tennant to write his autobiography’ and it’s quite nice that they do,” its author muses. “I’m not convinced my life’s been interesting enough. This is my autobiography.”
songwriting  uk  creativity  music  pop  popmusic  history  biography 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Chilly Gonzales breaks down the essence of music
I want my music to be recognised, to be well-known; I want people to have an emotional relationship with it; I want it to mean something to them. But I care less and less if they project onto the person who made it.
music  creativity  reputation  attention  pop  classical  privacy  identity  beauty 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness - The New York Times
When we had spoken in 2010 for a magazine profile while the “Body Talk” albums were in full swing, Robyn had mused on what she called the three big pillars of pop songwriting: love, the club and feeling like an outsider.

Sipping a pilsner at the restaurant in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet on an August afternoon, she said she’d add a few others to the mix now: “Eternity and death. And losing control.”

“In a way, I still agree that those are the three pillars of pop music. Those are pillars of youth,” she went on. “Everyone deals with sadness and lack of love when they’re kids, and all this abandonment. Most people do. Hopefully you want to learn something new and you want to move on to this other place, and I think for me, it was like, I really didn’t know how to calm myself down.”
art  music  songwriting  creativity  love  death  pop 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Why Troye Sivan’s Success Marks a Milestone for Queer Pop | Pitchfork
Mainstream U.S. media currently celebrates queer bodies but hasn’t shown the same respect for queer music since the lesbian rock wave of the ’90s and the gay synth-pop boom of the ’80s. It’s bizarre that Radio Disney shows more love for Sivan and his lesbian peers like Tegan & Sara or Hayley Kiyoko than most adult stations generate for Monáe or Perfume Genius or John Grant.
lgbtq  music  pop  identity  BillboardHot100  business 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
More synthetic bamboo! The greatest preset sounds in pop music | Music | The Guardian
“Whether a pop classic or a royalty-free instrumental from YouTube, collage, rewriting, quotations, sometimes thieving a melody – all that is at the heart of a thousand songs that I love. Debate about the purity of creation is void; we live in a society that spits and digests, and pop music is an impure space. That’s precisely why I love it.”
music  culture  software  creativity  creativecommons  pop  popmusic 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Sunday Conversation: Barry Manilow -
So I was surprised to learn that you wrote the music for "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there."

I wrote a lot of those in those days.

That's probably your biggest hit. Do you still get royalties on that?

I got $500. They buy you out. And in those days I was happy to get the $500.
songwriting  music  business  pop  marketing 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Duncan Sheik Uncovers Hope For The '80s : The Record : NPR
For musicians, mining the 1980s has proven very fruitful on a sonic and stylistic level. Synth-pop's colonization of indie rock during the past decade occurred partly because of technology; making electronic music is now such an accessible and self-contained process that going the rock band route seems almost ecologically unsound.

I also wonder if youthful fans of synth pop and New Wave style are looking for ways to be expressive but not overly earnest. To be a party person is to create a safe space for individual liberation and experimentation, and the 1980s model of a party person — crazily clothed, like some kind of exotic bird or Muppet — seems exceptionally well guarded from the risk of being taken too seriously.
1980s  music  pop  memory  songwriting  art  technology  electronica 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Berry Gordy Jr. | What's Going On | When Marvin Gaye Broke Pattern | Cultural Conversation by Marc Myers -
Interestingly, two of the most singular aspects of "What's Going On" that were extended to the album began as errors. The opening alto-sax solo by Eli Fontaine actually was a warm-up phrase for an overdub that Gaye decided to keep. And Gaye's harmonized duets with himself occurred when Ken Sands, the engineer, accidentally played back two of his vocal versions on one mono tape.
music  r&b  pop  rock  songwriting 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Rob Sheffield's Eighties Odyssey | Rolling Stone Music
That pretty much sums up the Eighties to me, and I think that's why people still gravitate towards that period, when people were so open-eared and experimental. It's a sense that these boundaries had been crashed down by artists like Michael Jackson or Duran Duran or Grandmaster Flash. There was a sense that rock could be influenced by disco and hip-hop could be influenced by pop. There was this really kind of glorious moment where every station that was playing the Human League and the Clash was also playing the Pointer Sisters and Marvin Gaye. I thought that was going to be the future from now on.
music  1980s  radio  pop  rock  books  nonfiction 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Breaking Down the DNA of a Hit Song - Speakeasy - WSJ
Going the way of long intros, at least in pop, is the ballad. In a field littered with thumping club tracks (see Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) and mid-tempo “sex jams,” as Frank calls them, the top-selling ballad was “If I Die Young” by the young country act The Band Perry—which topped out at only No. 59. With only a handful of rock bands represented in the top 100, including Paramore and Neon Trees, rockers vying for crossover success should take cues from prevailing pop trends, Frank says: “Now is not the time to go esoteric or to go heavy. No power ballads, for sure.”

Murphy and Frank also delved into subject matter, breaking lyrics down into some thematic categories. In pop, Frank found that 21% of the top 100 sellers dealt with maneuvering someone into bed (typically from the dancefloor); testifying about love was less common (17%); followed by falling out of love (16%), partying (16%) and sheer boasting (9%).
songwriting  pop  music  writing  attention  research 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West - ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ -
Welcome to 2011, a year that — once the last of the snow is scraped away — will bring new hope, the promise of renewal, a chance to wake up in a world in which Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is not the consensus pick for album of the year. [...]
attention  reputation  music  criticism  pop  hiphop  art  creativity  social  power 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How The Stock Market Influences The Hot 100 Billboard Charts | Darwin vs The Machine
The higher the Dow Jones average, the more top songs are in a minor key. Booms are associated with slower music in a minor key while busts are associated with faster music in a major key. The higher the stock market, the lower the beats per minute. People use music to calm down in boom times and excite themselves during slumps. The strength of the relationship is too large to disregard. In the past, individuals in finance have used trends in music to try and predict the stock market. The relationship I have uncovered is significantly stronger.

This means that the stock market sets the mood, which primes us with regards to what music we listen to- not vice-versa.
music  pop  business  research 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
M.I.A.: Unlike Lady Gaga, I won't be 'blindfolded with naked men feeding me apples' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
We’re past the point in culture of really caring if our pop stars are “authentic” or not, and we derive a lot of genuine pleasure from the sounds and imagery of “faking it.” But M.I.A.’s take underscores a more valid criticism – that even if a star is contrived, at least be contrived to fascinating ends. No one really touches Gaga on red carpet photogenic qualities, and she’s got an undeniable instrument in that voice.
identity  music  aesthetics  marketing  attention  culture  business  power  pop 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pop music notes on the decade: Authenticity takes a holiday | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
[...] I celebrate the return of glitter and weirdness and fakery in pop. It's opening up the doors to those who didn't fit more constrictive paradigms of authenticity: more women, more gay and lesbian faces, more multiracial and international voices. In general, it's making for a fuller reflection of life in our fragmented, hyper-accelerated time of struggle.

Pop today might seem like a big charade, but it's teasing out deeper truths. Authenticity's bound to make a comeback; after all, Brooks just came out of retirement (not that he doesn't have a showman's flair!) and Lilith Fair returns next spring. But after this decade, even the most sincere expressions of self will have to be multiple and complicated.

We've finally all learned the lesson of the disco prophet Sylvester: only by admitting that nothing is straightforward can we feel Mighty Real.
music  identity  beauty  pop  rock  creativity  writing  losangeles 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The dark edges of Mika's deceptively sunny pop | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“Pop enables you to hoodwink people. If you follow certain formulas and structures, people gravitate to a song and attach themselves to it, they instantly ‘get’ it. And once you’ve got them, you can get them to sing along to something bitterly sad.”
pop  music  songwriting  beauty  story 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Who cares about 'My Generation' anymore? | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
In the 1980s, pop was long scorned by many as a time of superficiality and crass commercialism; only in recent years have its champions found room to argue for its importance, and most still applaud that era of giant hair and sequins in fun. But that plastic moment was also a time of great diversity in pop, when Prince and Public Enemy rose alongside Guns 'N' Roses and U2. It's harder to contain the 1980s within a single word like "Woodstock," though the millions mourning Jackson have been trying with "Thriller."

In fact, the 1980s looked a lot like now: a time when no one presumed that a particular musical statement or style spoke for all, and when the generational ideal felt a little hollow. [...] Personal style, ethnic and racial loyalties and an expanding sense of what was possible (typified then by interest in African music and New Wave's fascination with technology) mattered more than the power of an age-appropriate peer group.
1980s  music  pop  rock  aging  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
HALL AND OATES: Soul Survivors | American Songwriter
I think the best pop music writers are the ones that can communicate complex emotional things in very simplistic terms, and in a very direct way, that gets across in the restricted format of a pop song. You don’t have 86 words. You’ve got four words, and in those four words, every word has to count… you’ve got the added restrictions that they’ve got to rhyme too, for the most part, and you’ve got to be able to sing them. So you have words that have to be able to roll off the tongue and be sung, they have to somewhat rhyme or at least have a rhyme scheme, and then they have to say something-all in a very, very short period of time. To me, that’s the mark of a good pop song.
pop  music  songwriting  creativity  journalism  writing  rock 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
James Wolcott on Cultural Snobbery |
In my bohemian days (the exotic reek of incense haunts me still), I owned a jukebox—a huge honker, a neon-trimmed sarcophagus—which I studiously stocked with 45s to showcase the catholicity of my pop sensibility, from the Supremes’ “Up the Ladder to the Roof” to Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” to the Clash’s “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.” I was fond of that machine, despite the mockery it inspired, because it was like having a custom-built twin. “Male record collectors seek mastery over a body of music, almost always as a way of establishing a masculine identity,” Krin Gabbard argues in his psychosocial study “Hipsters and Nerds.” (Oh, so that’s what I was doing.) “The collector makes conscious and unconscious connections to the masculine codes in the music, but he also works at acquiring a commanding knowledge that can be carefully deployed in the right surroundings.”
music  social  business  books  technology  culture  pop  movies  publishing  literature  aesthetics  identity  fashion  gender 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Coolness Index « Music Machinery
It may be too hard to tell whether an artist is cool, but we have all sorts of ways to tell that an artist is definitely not cool. For instance, if lots of listeners really don’t want people to know that they are listening to a particular artist, then that artist is probably not too cool. Luckily, there’s an interesting source for just this kind of data. Recently, the researchers at published a list of the ‘most unwanted scrobbles‘. This is a list of tracks that were most frequently deleted by the community from their scrobbles in the last month. These are the tracks that listeners didn’t want people to know that the listened to. Here’s the first page of the most unwanted scrobbles:
music  information  data  aesthetics  identity  technology  pop  rock  gender  race 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incidental Pleasures of
"[T]he best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal video, which I watched again after the singer-dancer’s inevitable, untimely death. It’s a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it’s everything Public Enemies isn’t: madly inventive, genre-bending, a passionate tribute to the artist as outlaw/loner. The video reminds you why the gangster has become an existential hero in pop culture: It’s how he seizes the space. On some level Michael Mann knows that, but he’s paralyzed by his pretentions and specious morality. And he can’t dance."
video  pop  movies  cinema  film  acting  aesthetics  identity  dance  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge Massive Attack's 'Blue Lines' producer dies -- Jonny Dollar has passed away aged 45
"When I first heard ['Blue Lines' single] 'Unfinished Sympathy' like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing" (via )
music  uk  pop  obituaries 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Yes, Actually | | Andrew Sullivan
If you just want to create a Pet Shop Boys sound instantly you can program some drumbeats and then play an A-minor chord over it: “Oh, God, that sounds like the Pet Shop Boys. Oh, that’s the trick, is it?”
music  songwriting  uk  pop  dance  gay  hiv  aids  gender  theater 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chris Colin's "For every Britney and Lindsay, there's a Cyrano"
"Lately I've been fascinated by how much your hit is supposed to resemble existing hits. I've been told to make something resemble another song, and it turned out they wanted it very similar. But of course you can't come too close."
songwriting  creativity  aesthetics  identity  music  writing  sanfrancisco  pop  rock  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Flashback Charts: July 7
My birthday on the Billboard charts ...
music  pop  rock  songwriting 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Morrissey: Greatest Hits: Pitchfork Record Review
"'There's a naked man standing laughing in your dreams/ You know who it is, but you don't like what it means': Who else would sing that?"
pop  uk  pitchfork  reviews  songwriting 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sweden's and the world's finest purveyor of pop music
I like the new Sambassadeur and what they've got of The Radio Department
sweden  pop  music  mp3 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The birth of Roxy Music - Times Online
“I thought, and still think, that pop music isn’t primarily about making music in any traditional sense of the word. It’s about creating new, imaginary worlds and inviting people to try them out.”
pop  culture  music  creativity  rock  uk  songwriting  aesthetics  identity  social 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Houston Press: The Raw Power of Really Smooth Music
"I've always felt fortunate, back as far as the Doobies, that we've always been embraced by black radio. In fact, as a solo artist, had it not been for black radio, you would never have heard of me. [...]"
1970s  music  songwriting  pop  rock 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Benign Comedy: Good evening Santa Barbara! Are you ready to self-medicate??!
"Each minute on 'Minute By Minute,' even the song by other members McDonald lets 'em do, is so smooth and slick that your brain cannot withstand its intervention. You do not listen to 'Minute By Minute'; you just lie back and let the music do its thing"
songwriting  music  1970s  pop  criticism 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why T-Pain is the perfect Web 2.0 pop star. - By Jody Rosen - Slate Magazine
"[T]he impassioned melismas that have powered black popular singing for decades are smoothed into synthetic gasps. In T-Pain's music, the last traces of Sunday morning's church service have been deleted from Saturday night's club anthem."
songwriting  black  technology  aesthetics  music  pop  hiphop 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Seasonal Signature: Pop Goes the Summer
"[It] summons up two kinds of nostalgia at once: nostalgia for those endless summer vacations, and nostalgia for an age of unanimity — a (fictional) time when we were all listening to the same radio station and buuying the same CDs."
pop  music  songwriting  radio  marketing 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
No One Admits To Singing, Writing, Producing Nation's No. 1 Song | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Somewhere out there, there are some folks who are deeply, deeply ashamed of what they've done. And after hearing a few seconds of that song, I can't really say that I blame them."
songwriting  music  humor  comedy  radio  pop 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Project X: Bringing The Family Along - Idolator
"There's little introduction necessary for this one. While on vacation in Minneapolis two weeks ago, I played my family the Top 10 of Billlboard's Hot 100 for July 7, 2007, and recorded their comments as best as I could."
music  family  minneapolis  weblogs  criticism  hiphop  pop  aesthetics 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Space Odyssey of Danny Boyle - New York Times
"Kids with talent form bands. With film it’s still regarded as an Oxbridge thing, as though making a film is some kind of intelligence skill, which it’s not, clearly."
film  music  rock  pop  teenagers  creativity  art  story  social  education 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: "'Girl Power' Group's Look Gave Voice To Individuality" By Robin Givhan
"[T]he smartest thing the Spice Girls did was to represent as many of those schoolyard groups as possible, making them all seem important and suggesting that they could all manage to get along."
fashion  feminism  social  pop  music  women  aesthetics  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why Was I Not Informed About Bruce Lee? | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"You say you love me, and yet there is a man who can jump like four feet into the air and kick a guy five times before landing—and you kept it from me. That can hardly be called love."
humor  laughter  pop  children  athletes  love  cinema  film 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson – Thriller - The Diamond - Stylus Magazine
On "Billie Jean": "[A] woman causing the downfall of a man, set to uneasy bass and impatient drums. It’s one of the best representations of film noir in pop music, ending with no resolution except a single mother and selfish, careless scumball."
music  pop  1980s  criticism  rock  marketing  relationships 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
John Cale is playing at my house | Electronic | Guardian Unlimited Music
"So I just try to be like, well, what can I do that makes sense to me in 2007? I can't play by the same rules as the music that I love."
songwriting  aesthetics  identity  beauty  music  pop  rock  dance  creativity  interviews 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Montreal electro duo Chromeo explains its ’80s fetish - CBC Arts | Music
"You can't really say anything against A-ha or Purple Rain or Thriller. These were very progressive artists. At the same time, the lyrics were very macho and very vulnerable. That's a tight balance we try to rock with."
1980s  music  songwriting  canada  montreal  aesthetics  pop  rock 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
All about my mother | Folk and acoustic | Guardian Unlimited Music
"I loathe the term singer-songwriter, because it reminds me of open-mic nights and coffee shops and lazy chord structures." His preferred label? "A recording artist."
songwriting  music  pop  rock  diy  aesthetics  coffee 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Emily Haines : interview
"I like music writers and I feel we have a lot in common. But if I had the option, I would still rather be a sound rather than a picture. If I wanted to be seen, I would've chosen to be a model."
writing  music  songwriting  pop  canada  creativity 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Although this page is called BLACK PEOPLE WHO LOVE JAMES TAYLOR, it's a page for ALL people who love his music. It is a collaborative site of three black people who know that Good Music is Good Music...PERIOD."
music  songwriting  black  race  pop 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The language of wet Wednesdays | Rock | Guardian Unlimited Music
"Life may not always be nasty, but it will frequently verge on the brutish, and often be all too short. But it's OK: from such frustrations come Great Pop Things."
uk  music  pop  songwriting  rock  creativity  aesthetics  identity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Safety first on the shelves | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
"Zoe Margolis wrote on these pages last week in favour of the Blooker, a prize for books that began as blogs. But even she had to admit that the award attracted fewer than 100 entries. The musical equivalent would dwarf that number."
books  literature  fiction  writing  uk  novels  marketing  music  pop 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Mexico City's Indie Rock, Now Playing to the World
“There’s always what we call the Mexico City lag. In the U.S. there was the college rock boom — Pavement, Sebadoh, even Nirvana — and now in Mexico City we have our own version of that. This is our own ’90s indie boom, just a decade or so late.
rock  mexico  pop  identity  language  english  spanish  yasns  myspace  mp3  1990s 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Face the Music -
"When Americans hear Brits singing their music, it sends the signal that the music has real value -- or why would a country with such a rich cultural history be embracing it? It would be better if Americans didn't need such outside reinforcement [...]"
uk  music  rock  pop  identity  1960s  aesthetics  race 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wizards in the Studio, Anonymous in the Street
"We have a certain ..." "... musical language, so to speak. You shouldn’t be afraid of that either. Even though it might remind you of something else you shouldn’t shy away from it. Because it’s our expression."
songwriting  aesthetics  identity  language  music  pop  rock  europe  nyc  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: And Now, A Few Words in Defense of Nostalgia
"In that sense, a reunion show is the ultimate rock ’n’ roll concert: a sensory experience overwhelmed by an imaginary one; a musical event that is merely a pretext for a social one."
memory  pop  rock  music  identity  social  aesthetics  brain 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Des'ree boasts worst pop lyric of all time | Lifestyle | Reuters
"I don't want to see a ghost/ It's the sight that I fear most/ I'd rather have a piece of toast/ Watch the evening news."
songwriting  aesthetics  pop  rock  uk  polls  food 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"The mythical sensitive boy! How Sassy loved the idea of him! He was the kind to court you with mix tapes. He had a subscription to the Sub Pop Singles Club. He not only edited a zine, but he had The Beauty Myth on his bookshelf."
magazines  marketing  1990s  music  pop  rock  men  beauty  women  teenagers 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Not Reunions, Reinventions (Back and Better. Really.) - New York Times
"If you're still looking for something sacred, it probably can't be found in their values or politics or cult significance. It's in you: It is your own reaction to how they sound. Nobody can take that away from you."
music  rock  pop  creativity  marketing  aging  memory 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Daft Punks's "Discovery" : Classic or Dud
"I must confess that I really can't stand the opening track, 'One More Time,' but I was completely won over by 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,' which sounds like a daisychain of Cylons."
ilxor  criticism  music  dance  pop 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian: The Real Dreamgirls
"That really had never happened before and it really hasn't happened since. We get young teenage girls at front and center in mainstream pop culture."
feminism  women  gender  songwriting  creativity  music  pop  1950s  1960s  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Careless Whisper by Wham Classic or Dud?
"I always groan, thinking it's some terrible Kenny G track, but then George Michael starts singing and it becomes an undeniable classic." "This is still one of THE worst songs in the universe and one day you will understand and demand more [...]"
pop  rock  music  1980s  criticism  uk 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Radio 2 - Music Club - In Search Of The Perfect Pop Song
"In the company of some of the UK's and America's leading writers, musicians, managers and music historians, he discusses the songwriter's tools and tricks of the trade - and breaks down the pop song into its constituent parts."
songwriting  pop  rock  music  marketing  creativity  writing  beauty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
It Ain’t Easy Being Green : the signifier
"From the outside we look like closed books, hiding behind our headphones and laptop screens, but we are connected a vast world that is updating itself in real-time, constantly evolving like an organism."
social  music  pop  rock  identity  parenting  children  youth  mp3  college  punk  teenagers  radio  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Gilberto Gil Hears the Future, Some Rights Reserved
“I no longer see music as a field to be exploited. I see it now as an alternative area of action, part of a broad repertory of possibilities that I have."
music  pop  law  creativity  creativecommons  songwriting  beauty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Band aid -
"You got the band together. You found a practice space. You've even started writing your own songs and performing for friends and family. Now comes the hard part."
music  marketing  friendship  family  pop  rock 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge Music's New Gatekeeper
"The way MTV used to be the place where you had to have a video playing as one of the key legs of the stool, iTunes is now one of the key legs of the stool."
music  pop  rock  marketing  apple  itunes  corporations 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Through the art of interpretation
"Song writing does have that enormous power to communicate things that are not being communicated elsewhere, anywhere else, but I find an enormous power in being an interpreter."
songwriting  creativity  writing  music  pop  jazz  rock  aesthetics 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters | Columns | Ben Rubenstein | Mixtape Confessions | Moping Around
"Like it or not, I’m going to continue to read too much into song lyrics and listen intently to the soundtrack in every bar I enter. I’m going to continue to care too much about what others consider to be not worth their time."
music  identity  pop  rock  aesthetics  social 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #44
"I poke at it to see if I can figure out why it means so much, how what most would consider a charming one-off plucked from a Time-Life Crusin' Through the 50s comp can be so devastating."
1950s  music  pop  aesthetics  beauty  songwriting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Sentimentalist #1
"It goes back to that long-ago contract between performer and audience: the sense that a singer is there at a crowd's indulgence, and that his listeners have their own, highly vocal, role to play."
public  social  music  pop  aesthetics  identity  theater  power  uk  18thcentury 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pop music ignores wedded bliss, misery | Chicago Tribune
"We're not seeing so much focus on marriage because there isn't a central idea about relationships. There isn't this great narrative that everyone has tapped into. Now, there are a lot more ways of living your life that people are happy with."
sex  marriage  songwriting  relationships  friendship  pop  music  hiphop 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Field Music's Brewis Talks Covers, Hiatus, Futureheads
"I [also] kind of want to do 'Hold Me Now' by the Thompson Twins at some point, because it's quite a good song, but their version of it is just terrible! It has all the worst bits about 80s music, but as a song it's kind of quite sweet."
songwriting  1980s  music  pop  uk 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Door opens for Crowded House | Entertainment
"[...] I was trying to show drummer after drummer how to play the brushes properly on 'Four Seasons In One Day.' Not one bugger got it. I realised how professional Paul's groove was and how genetically in sync we were."
music  newzealand  rock  1980s  pop 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Music of the Hemispheres
"Most memories degrade and distort with time; why would pop music memories be so sharply encoded? Perhaps because music triggers the reward centers in our brains."
brain  music  pop  rock  memory  social  gender  science  research  nyc  culture 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Forget Dylan and Elvis. James Brown was the most important American popular musician ever.
"Listen closely, with a good pair of headphones, and the thousand pointillist details of Brown's genius open up to you: the shifting accents and registers, the variations in dynamics and attack, the disconcerting spaces and silences, the beats piled atop
music  pop  rock  dylan  r&b  aesthetics  dancing  dance 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The New Sound of Mexico, Sung in a Nashville Accent
“Everyone wants to be weird and really alternative and all that. I just decided to make something more normal, more traditional, more honest. It was time for me to come up with something that I knew was truly my own.”
music  songwriting  latino  mexico  latinos  country  pop  beatles  beachboys  rock 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PF: Peter Bjorn and John: Writer's Block
"If lyric poetry is, as Czech novelist Milan Kundera recently wrote, 'the most exemplary incarnation of man dazzled by his own soul and the desire to make it heard,' surely the pop song is the highest incarnation of all-consuming love [...]"
songwriting  music  pop  rock  aesthetics  fiction  poetry  novels 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
HuffPo | RJ Eskow: Music's Future: Dylan Vs. Ultragrrrl in the Race For the Sonosphere
"The canny old poet/carnival barker, whose sources run to first-millennium prophecies and 19th century dreamers, is an ideal model for the business person/artist of the future."
identity  music  marketing  internet  www  pop  rock  business  corporations  aesthetics  bobdylan 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
HousChron: Rockers come and go, but Burt Bacharach is forever
"Maddeningly complex, sometimes deceptively simple, these are more than just great pop songs: These are deep explorations of the materials of music."
songwriting  pop  aesthetics  music  1960s 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #40
"One person or group makes the stuff, and many hundreds or thousands or millions hear it, and there's nothing wrong with the shape of this pyramid. If everyone was an artist and no one listened, the world wouldn't work."
songwriting  social  creativity  music  pop  rock  aging  community  art 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
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