Where the two circles meet in the Venn diagram of music lovers and bloggers, the inevitable debate of best albums of the year arises.
I’m as guilty as anyone of indulging in this pleasure. A passion for music means sampling plenty and sharing your favorites while a passion for blogging means making an opinion and presenting it to the world. Year-end music lists are a natural outlet for the intersection of these.
This year however, the millions of folks who engage in this subculture have their work cut out for them. If the online year-end music list is a distinctly 2000s trend, 2010 threatens to be the most insanely loaded (and therefore insanely difficult) year-end list conversation we’ve ever seen. Consider the following acts that have released or are reportedly releasing albums this year found through just threedifferentwebsites: Continue reading →
For two weeks in May I got to live out my academic dream. I had the opportunity to intensely pursue some facet of pop-culture that was seemingly meaningless to some but promised deeper meanings for those passionate enough to analytically pursue it.
Critically thinking about pop-culture is a beautiful thing. In my Radiohead class, an incredibly diverse group of students united (for two weeks, four hours a day) because of their love of a single band (or in the case of others, their intrigue in a band everyone said to love). Individuals I could never see participating to the fullest extent in some Biology or Calculus class were doing required readings and listenings, adding to the discussions in class and getting genuinely excited about exploring research paper topics. In a weird way, The Music of Radiohead was the most perfect classroom I ever participated in. Continue reading →