Category Archives: Radio

Temples of Jazz – The Ballrooms


  This post is the first of a three-part series about those special places that brought the jazz era to life beyond the recording studio and radio station. The ballrooms, theaters, and smokey clubs are where jazz musicians were able … Continue reading

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Geography of the Jazz Age in North America


The Jazz Age represented the musical form’s peak period of popularity between 1920 and 1960. While New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, and New York were and remain the preeminent epicenters of jazz, in many other cities across the country, vibrant … Continue reading

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Amazing Songs from the First Half of 2019


The first half of 2019 has burst forth with some amazing new music. Especially exciting is the amount and quality of guitar-driven rock. Here’s a list of my favorite tracks so far this year, with links provided to youtube: Shine … Continue reading

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Thank you, METRIC for a Rock n’ Roll Masterpiece


Every once in a while you hear an album that completely knocks your socks off the very first time your listen to it. Today was one of those days. NPR was kind enough to provide a “First Listen” to METRIC’s … Continue reading

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Astronomical metro areas


The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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Wolf Alice kills it with their debut release


Every now and then a new band comes along that alters the course of modern music while also raising the threshold for all future bands to try to attain. Examples from the past include The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, and Nirvana. … Continue reading

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Best film of 2014…reconsidered


Upon further review after seeing a matinee showing of The Imitation Game this morning, I think this movie is the best of 2014. Originally, back in December, I felt Interstellar was tops, but have changed my mind. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are … Continue reading

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The closest thing to a-la-carte viewing thus far


After years of frustration with Bombast and other less-than-customer-friendly cable companies, my wife and I have decided to cut the cord. Instead we have now installed a Mohu high-definition antenna and a Roku 3 web-streaming player. The HD antenna gives … Continue reading

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A rock track to shred effin pop records by


Julian Casablancas and the Voidz have released a new song entitled “Where No Eagles Fly” where guitars blast out powerful riffs that blow your socks off. It’s an awesome headbanger’s stadium rock song.  Who gives a crap if you can hardly understand any of the … Continue reading

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Temples enshrine the psychedelic era…and more


I discovered Temples listening to Impact 89fm – Michigan State University’s student radio station when they played the richly 1960’esque “Shelter Song.” As the first track on their debut full-length album, Sun Structures, the song aptly introduces Temples and a … Continue reading

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