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By Clarissa Fidler Music is an essential part of the holidays for me. The day after Thanksgiving, my family typically switches over to all Christmas music, all the time. And with Christmas only a few days away, you better believe that I have Michael Bublé’s Christmas album merrily blasting away in my car. With so many good Christmas alb […]
By David Wyatt This might be heretical, but as far as Halloween-themed music goes I have never been a fan of Tim Burton’s soundtracks, Rob Zombie gets old after the n-teenth time, and Ghostbusters is a little too upbeat for my taste. I get it though—it’s easy to make a list of songs or albums […]
By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, a young college student realized exactly how old I was and started grilling me about 1990s punk music, of which he was a particular fan. And it quickly occurred to me that he, thanks to the web, knew much more about the music of my teenage years than […]
By Clarissa Fidler Growing up my dad exposed me to a variety of music genres. He played everything from smooth jazz and disco to pop and classic rock. But of all the genres we listened to, one always reigned supreme—country. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was my mom’s favorite. Modern […]
By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, I was lamenting to my long-suffering partner the unfortunate decline of references in popular music to fantasy literature. Although I’m too young to remember much of it firsthand, I had imagined this glorious, idealized decade or so—let’s call it “the long 1970s”—when every van was airbrushed with a […]
By Sheri Boggs I’ve made, and received, a lot of mixtapes over the years. The early ones were literally tapes; hand-labeled cassettes painstakingly recorded in front of the radio and full of an 11-year old’s dubious taste (Electric Light Orchestra, Donna Summer). As technology evolved, so did my mixes and I blew through stacks of […]