Archive for the ‘How to learn about great music…’ Category

All tomorrows parties….

September 16, 2011

This looks so wonderful. Check out the website here.

Shadows

June 29, 2010

Teenage Fanclub has a new album! It was released May 31st, off of one of my all time favorite labels Merge records. It’s called Shadows.

Here’s a quote from Reid Davis from paste magazine:

Long-running Scots deliver more pop purity.
Even after two decades as a band, it has to be intimidating when Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake brings in another hook-laden pop masterpiece, and then Gerard Love or Raymond McGinley have to offer something that matches up.

I’ll leave you with one of their new tracks, Baby Lee.

We are getting more depressed with our music?

August 31, 2009

Here’s an article in ScienceNOW that’s pretty damn interesting….

How Happy Is the Internet?
By Michael Torrice
ScienceNOW Daily News
3 August 2009

When the researchers turned to song lyrics, they discovered a darker trend: Popular music has become less happy since 1960–a 10% drop. Most of the decreases happened between 1961 (6.7) and 1980 (6.2). Fewer singers are crooning about “love” now and more are shouting about “hate” and “pain,” the scientists report. When they analyzed musical genres, the researchers found that genres haven’t changed much over time, but new, less happy genres, such as punk and heavy metal, have become popular and brought lyric scores down. “All-4-One [an R&B group] still uses the word ‘love’ a lot in their songs,” Danforth says. “But [hard rock group] Metallica doesn’t use it much at all.”

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I love that we started getting nasty in the 80s, maybe that’s why my generation is such a bunch of whinny babies? Who knows, but what can I say I love The Smiths (featured in picture), The Cure, and Joy Division and they were definitely not the happiest bunch of artists to produce incredible pop.

Goodreads is pretty neat…

August 18, 2009

I’ve been trying to read. I know, its a shocker. Usually when I read, I read juicy novels with complex stories, lots of drama, and of course SEX. I also like fantasy novels that take me into a world that could never “really” exist, but I like to believe that in some parallel universe might. You know, like there really is a Hogwarts that I could go to or send my kids to.
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Now I’m trying to step away from my more imaginative book choices and pick some more music based educational books. I have two on my Goodreads “Music Book” shelf. I’ve included the link below:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2493554-heidi-hehnly?shelf=music-books
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So if anyone knows of a great tale about music please let me know, so I can add it to my list of things I should read. As you can see from the image above, my list is short. But first on it is the book “It came from Memphis” in honor of Jim Dickinson’s passing away 3 days ago. He played piano for the Stone’s “Wild Horses” (which Gram Parsons also recorded), was a record producer, and fronted the Memphis based band, Snake Eyes (among many other things).

There is no Radio Loveless this week on KRUI 89.7fm, however next week I’m back on Wednesday 8 till 10 pm. Listen in.

Pandora is the Greatest…

May 8, 2009

If you don’t know about Pandora, sign up and check it out. You can share play lists, create stations around genres of music that you like, and save artists and songs that you’ve heard that rock. With all these new and novel ways of learning about great bands, you don’t need to study for hours trying to find that cool album that speaks to your own unique style. Here’s my site for an idea of how it works (click on the picture to go to the sight):

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http://www.pandora.com/people/heidi-hehnly