Flaskaland
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
 
You Ought to be in Pictures Dept.

Music for the Movie Hollywood is Afraid to Make

And check out the rest of this fascinating website.
 
Sunday, December 28, 2003
 
Politics and Music Dept.

For any of those who wonder about the state of the protest song, or where such music has got to, check out the Center for Political Song and their constantly updated News Page.

Ancient history subsection:

Music that was appropriated to promote war

What happened when music promoted anti-war.


 
Friday, December 26, 2003
 
Culture Shift Dept.

"We can't stop the commercial hurricane, but we can try to preserve some of our cultural heritage too," he says.

"In our commercial country, most would not notice if the songs were lost. They would notice that they felt little or no connections to older generations.

"They wouldn't notice that there once were dances that they did in a circle holding hands with their grandparents.

"They wouldn't notice that once there was a subtlety of human existence embodied in folk songs and dances that helped us understand the emotional subtleties of others and ourselves."

(Survey results outlining the quick demise of American folk music:
Traditional Songs out of Tune with Today's Kids)

RIP for the LP

"So perhaps the album's tenure as the avenue of expression has neared its end.

"It's hard not to see this shift as a 'dumbing down' of popular culture, an erosion of the 'art' side of the art/commerce dialectic by a greedy industry and a public accustomed to getting what it wants quickly and painlessly, and throwing it away when finished with it

"As the sands shift and albums begin to appear as artifacts from a previous age, the fear among hardcore music lovers is that something will be irretrievably lost - perhaps the soul of the music itself."
 
 
Policing Pop Dept.

Man claims he and compatriots were tortured by rap
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
 
"Christmas survives into the 21st century as a thin place where people attempt to step out of the stress and nastiness of everyday life and show love and charity and know peace. It is a nice time of year, a nice holiday. ...


"And yet there are certain shared rituals which sociologists speak of as being necessary for a society's 'ontological security,' and Christmas remains among the greatest of them -- along with the inspiration of some of Western culture's most magnificent music and moral and sacred narratives."

Two views of Christmas and the holiday music:

Christmas as a private holiday


Christmas music every day of the year

 
Monday, December 22, 2003
 
"I'm a celebrity: Get me into that hotel"



 
 
Policing Pop Dept.

Germany imprisons right-wing singer.

"BERLIN -- In the first case of its kind in Germany, a right-wing rock band was deemed a criminal organization and its lead singer was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for lyrics that venerate Nazism and incite racial hatred."
 
Sunday, December 21, 2003
 
The last page of the calendar on the Year of the Blues Dept.

A writer looks at the history of the blues, makes some assumptions, and titles his article "Rhythm and Race".
 
 
A thoughtful look at Hip-hop's Disrespect

What's a girl to do? Examine the casual acceptance of sexism and the effect it has on listeners. (Courtesy Ms. Musings)
 
Friday, December 19, 2003
 
In today's Salon Premium, Eric Boehlert takes a deeper than usual look at the year's top ten in "The Greatest Week in Rock History."

Go ahead and subscribe or get a day pass and read the article. It's worth your trouble.

This is not your usual year end best of.

Eric's looking back, but not nostalgically, at the last week of 1969. Truthfully, writers of that time were coming up with very similar parallels because the truth was all over everyplace.

For the record, just as a list of historic events, 1968 wasn't that great, either. While that year may not have had as memorable a chart list, it did end with an historic record session that in hindsight seemed to presage the year that was to follow.

Boehlert, though, dares to compare and contrast charts separated by twenty years, the span of a single generation.


 
 
Well, am I surprised and delighted this morning just by following a promising link to writings about music. I have been name-checked in Jason Gross's Favorite Scribings for 2003.

There's a big handful of fascinating reads there, too, and I plan to spend a good portion of time sifting through the material I managed to have missed until now.




 
 
SF Chronicle today premiers an interesting new column on Asian pop culture
 
 
"As the dancer staggered off, a small man wearing big shades, an Arab djellaba and a Turkish fez seized the microphone. 'Thank you for coming,' he said, thwacking the stage with a camel-prod. 'You have proved that I, a journalist, am as famous as a musician!' This was Zacharie Bababaswe (above), whose brief homecoming to Kinshasa the audience was celebrating.

A brief look at Rumba in the Congo
 
Monday, December 15, 2003
 
Iraqi Pop Stars Plan Comeback after Hussein

 
 
Crowing about pet music

"This is like journalism. A journo collects a variety of flat views and numbers, and combines them to present a story with perspective. Readers get the story on a 2D printed page and their brain converts it into individual 3D perspectives."


 
Saturday, December 13, 2003
 
Foreign despot uses music, sex, and football in propaganda blitz dept
 
Monday, December 08, 2003
 
Back in the USSR dept

Mass Media affects more than the United States
 
Friday, December 05, 2003
 
Where a music writer says he's coming from dept:



 
Thursday, December 04, 2003
 
There's a downside to even voice-tracking on radio

 
 
Media bosses in Rwanda found guilty

Radio-station founders, newspaper owner incited genocide, international court finds

 
 
Under my rock dept.

Two examinations of the differing nature of celebrity:

How US notion of celebrity is regarded in Russia (Mass media affects more than the United States)

How celebrity is regarded in the US (Celebrities and Fame)

(Thanks for the link, J)


 
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
 
Music and Social commentary Dept.

Cecelia Tichi, author of High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music throws aside writing about music for muckraking, plain and simple.

 
Compiling the best online articles about music so there will be more of both in the future. In periods of drought, the reader will be innundated by my own blogs on the matters.

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