I feel like how truly absurd Beatlemania was can get lost on modern listeners.
Genuinely, I think there has yet to be a cultural phenomenon bigger than The Beatles were at their peak. I mean, these four goobers had 73.4 million live viewers watching the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Excluding sports events, that makes it the 15th most-watched live television broadcast of all time, squished right between the Grand Opening of Disneyland in 1955 and the first presidential ... read more
How J. Dilla Turned The Sampler From a Tool to an Instrument
My favorite thing to do relating to Dilla, aside from listening to his work, is reading stories about the way he made music. One of my favorite Dilla stories was told by Questlove a couple of years after Dilla had passed. It was early 1999 and Questlove was visiting Detroit. He had planned to leave on a Monday, but after a blizzard took Detroit by storm, bringing down 7 inches of unexpected snow, his flight got ... read more
*Quadeca and Brakence shooting hoops in the Hivemind Studio*
Quadeca: Try to get UNDER MY SKIN, I bet you can’t!
Breakance: “Hahaha bro, you can try to shoot it A LA CARTE, but you’re a HYPOCHONDRIAC, you’ll never make it!”
Quadeca: “U DONT KNOW ME LIKE THAT, I MAKE IT LOOK EFFORTLESS! Watch this!”
*Quadeca shoots a three-pointer and sinks it*
Quadeca: You see? I HAVE WAY TOO MANY FRIENDS! ... read more
Pet Sounds: The Album That Redefined Pop Music
Something that’s always frustrated me is how, once you distance yourself from discourse with music nerds, The Beach Boys’ contributions to music are consistently undermined with any influence the band may have had being lost on less enlightened listeners. General audiences whittle their legacy down to the beach bum facade that only marked their first few years as a collective; they're known in households as the ... read more