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Jim Boggia reveals some of his craft, part I

Posted in Artist, Music Business with tags , , , on November 11, 2008 by Chris

You may all remember a particularly unctuous post a month or two back when I reviewed Jim Boggia’s Misadventures in Stereo. In my defense, doesn’t the name of this blog at least hint that I might tend to gush a little from time to time?

Well, the spell hasn’t lifted. I still listen to Jim’s latest album all the time. At the risk of showing up on some stalker website, I badgered Jim with requests for an interview and, despite his better instincts, he has finally complied. Today, I give you part one of my Q&A with Jim. By the way — get this album!

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Josh Fix Speaks – Interview Pt. 1

Posted in Artist, Music Business with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by Andy

The more I listen to “Free at Last,” Josh Fix’s recent powerpop opus, the more I think it’s probably the best album I’ve heard all year. But man can’t live on liner notes alone — I needed to know more.

So I asked.

Give me pensive.

Give me "pensive."

Hey, Josh! On my iPod, you are sandwiched directly between Jools Holland and Journey. Care to comment?

Well… simply BEING on someone’s iPod is awesome in and of itself, no matter whom you’re sandwiched between! But your question prompted me to check where on MY iPod I was: between Johnny Cash and… Journey (and I didn’t even know I HAD Journey on my iPod, haha!)! If you do it by album, “Free At Last” is between “Franz Ferdinand” and “Fresh” by Sly And The Family Stone. Either way, pretty cool. Jools Holland is a badass, by the way. Continue reading

“Happy Days Are Here Again!” — musings on music and politics

Posted in Music Business, Pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2008 by Chris

As both political conventions are about to take over the airwaves and the web — first the Democrats in Denver and then the Republicans (minus Larry Craig, presumably) in Minneapolis — the soundtrack won’t just be talking heads and voter-on-the-street interviews. Music will also be a big part of the brouhaha coming out of both conventions. Although music has always been a powerful tool in the fight for the hearts of American voters, this year’s campaigns will be more tune-drenched than normal — largely because of the Obama campaign’s emphasis on youth, change, and activism. Hey, isn’t that Rock ‘n Roll’s triple play?

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The remarkable legacy of Jerry Wexler, dead at 91

Posted in Music Business, Pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by Chris

Jerry Wexler, legendary head of Atlantic Records (with partner Ahmet Ertegun) from 1953 to 1975, has died at age 91 but he leaves behind a nearly unmatched legacy of R&B, pop, and rock music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized his achievements when they inducted him in 1987 as one of the first non-performers.

Just to kick this tribute off — he’s also the guy who coined the term “Rhythm and Blues” when, as a staff writer for Billboard magazine, he wanted to replace “Race Music” as the header on the black music charts. His early collaborations with Ray Charles, Joe Turner, and The Coasters (among others) built a new foundation for American music. All of this music collaboration in the 50s and early 60s may have been a warm-up, however, for perhaps his greatest contribution to the music world — luring an un-empowered Aretha Franklin away from Columbia and introducing America to the “Queen of Soul” with “Respect” and a string of powerhouse hits from 1967 on.

Aretha and Jerry collaborate during an early recording session

Aretha and Jerry collaborate during an early recording session

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