Apr 232015
 

When I was 13-years-old, I bought Madonna’s Like a Virgin.  Up to that point, I listened almost exclusively to classic rock and ’80s hair bands, so this was quite different than what I was used to.  My older brothers mocked me for listening to “that pop crap”.  I promised myself then and there that I would never make fun of anyone’s musical tastes, no matter what.

I have to admit, I almost fell back on that promise when I became a father to pre-teen and teenage girls.  For example, I have a 13-year-old daughter who loves One Direction.  (Harry Styles – which I always thought sounded like a hair salon – is her favorite.)  Now, I have listened to more 1D songs than I care to admit on a public forum.  And while they are not necessarily on my list of Top 30 bands, I can honestly say that they are definitely not the worst band out there. Continue reading »

Dec 192013
 

I’m not sure there were more great cover songs this year than any other. But there were more good ones.

What I mean by that is, the average quality of the covers we come across in the time we’ve been around has risen, rather dramatically. Whether they’re iTunes homepage singles or some guy emailing us his Bandcamp, more cover songs in 2013 avoid the old pitfalls than ever before. They don’t sound like they were recorded in a cereal box, substitute ear-bleeding volume for actual creativity, or – the worst cover sin of all – try to carbon-copying the original. With the ease of production and distribution available now, artists seemed to record covers only when they felt they had something to add, and do a halfway decent job committing those ideas to 1s and 0s. Continue reading »