Jordan Peele’s Hollywood Shuffle

I couldn’t stop thinking about Jordan Peele while watching Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle. A month or so ago, the Peele caused a stir when he announced that he probably wouldn’t ever cast a white person as the lead in one of his films. Cries of “reverse racism” flooded social media and comment boards. “These undercover fascist... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Musical Moments in Film

Think back to some of your favorite moments from movies. Did they leave an impression in your mind because of a song? By song, I don’t mean the score (although that’s certainly worthy of a post too). I’m talking about the way filmmakers include our favorite songs into movies to make a scene more meaningful... Continue Reading →

The Nice-Guy Rapper

After I finished last week’s post, I started thinking about some of the hip-hop artists I wrote about. I realized that for the past few years, a new(ish) narrative has developed in hip-hop songwriting: the nice-guy rapper. Rap has always been full of interesting characters. Now when I say character, I don’t mean these guys... Continue Reading →

The Most Distinct Voices in Hip-Hop

I really enjoyed writing the post about “ugly” voices, so I’ve decided to do a second installment on vocals. Vocals are so interesting because they can be the most immediate thing you hear and really impact a song. Guitar riffs, orchestral swells, and breakbeats can sound really similar, but voices can be distinct. Oftentimes, vocals... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Uggos

On Friday, Bob Dylan gave a speech at a benefit concert honoring him. I saw an intriguing quote pulled from the speech where he addresses criticism about his voice: “Critics say I can't sing, I sound like a frog," he said "Why don't critics say that about Tom Waits? Critics say my voice is shot.... Continue Reading →

DI Finds

Music lovers thoroughly enjoy scouring thrift stores and antique malls for musical treasures. I’ve found David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Elton John’s Goodbye to Yellow Brick Road, and other classics in good condition for a good price on vinyl. Aside from vinyl, I still enjoy... Continue Reading →

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