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Is 2010 the most blog-friendly music year ever?

Entertainment Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

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 three different websites: Continue reading

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A quick glimpse into the Radiohead classroom.

Entertainment Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

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.

MHL 500: The Music of Radiohead – Chuck Klosterman would be proud.

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

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May CNY Music Podcast: The academic pursuit of Radiohead and a visit from The Presidents of the United States of America…

Geography | Entertainment Podcast
Recorded and produced by Nathan Mattise

In case you missed it in April, we’re now podcasting on a monthly basis here on In Pursuit of the Trivial. Check out this month’s installment and certainly send along any feedback or requests you may have for June.

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