• Musical criticism and commentary

    Song Rating – 5 Intersecting Points in Time and Space.

    A few weeks ago, in my post, “It’s ok to like bad music,” I explore a theory for song rating. I stated that rating a song can be done with a three axis cube, ie a three dimensional box. As I explored this theory a bit in my own mind, as well as looking at the research of others, I discovered this theory is wrong. The cube is actually a fourth or fifth dimensional object (depends on how you view time – but we’ll get to that later). Song rating has five specific areas that makes it “good” or “bad.” I put good and bad in quotation marks because there’s…

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    Next Time I Fall in Love – It Will be with Metaphors.

    Last week, I created a playlist called the 70’s and 80’s Soft Rock Supercoma. One canonical soft rock song missing from this list: Peter Cetera (with Amy Grant) – Next Time I Fall. Some of you might wonder why this omission was made. Sure, I did include Peter Cetara’s “For the Glory of Love,” as well as Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now.” So Cetera was represented enough. Truth be told – I decided to leave “Next Time I Fall” for this very article. “Next Time I Fall” might sound dated. Seriously, what is with those synthesizers and electric pianos? The song might also not really make any sense –…

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    Family Guy’s Music…

    NSFW Warning – this article contains offensive language. Nearly 20 years ago, the first episode of Family Guy aired. That fact alone boggles the mind. I have seen every single episode several times, which makes me wonder if perhaps I need to rethink my life. From the antics of Peter Griffin, to the, err, antics of Stewie and Brian, Family Guy really shows what society has become – a cesspool of bad jokes and rehashed pop cultural references. Alright, alright, cheap shot – there are many reasons to love Family Guy. But perhaps one of the best reasons to love Family Guy – the music! Family Guy ‘s music, appearing…

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    Punk Covers and Why They Rock.

    A couple years ago, I started to explore an interesting sub-genre – the punk cover.  The rules of the sub-genre are quite simple – it’s got to be a song, any song, covered by a punk band.  The sub-genre has a massive amount of songs. Some punk artists will do entire albums of nothing but punk covers! While the internet has certainly spread a good amount of light on the sub-genre, this is hardly a new phenomenon. MxPx did an entire “On the Cover” album in the mid 90s. Of course, Dead Kennedys did a couple amazing covers in the 80s – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Sure,…