There won't be any updates for a while due to an emergency. I'm sticking in some of my own writing here in case readers want to read some writing about music. Not drawn in any particular order or preference, just memorable to me today for one reason or another out of the hundred or so published in my favorite magazine of global culture... a few from each year there.
My first piece every published with popmatters, back in the day:
dick dale's social significance
Then a few like this and a few like that:
jimmy cliff's onomatopoetic use of percussive accents
patty larkin while surrounded by the arson squad
last balkan apocalypse
memories of watching joe maphis on tv
(I especially enjoyed writing this one, and a year later I received my first spontaneous email from a reader. Fortunately, he liked the article, too, and waxed downright poetic remembering Maphis himself).
charlie musselwhite's free concert in berkeley
johnny young, chicago style blues mandolinist
jessie mae hemphill, no one like her
jerry springer show inspires strange songwriters
(Sometimes if pop music is "derivative", there's a reason. Otherwise, you're just saying they remind you of the Beatles or sound like another group. Maybe they do ... but if they do, how is it they remind you of the Beatles and why might they doing it?)
OK, that's it for now. If you think you want to read any more of my stuff, go to popmatters, search my name, and read to your heart's content or until you are bleary, one or the other is guaranteed to come first.