Category Archives: Talkin’ Music

Talkin’ Music: Sean Paul

“I stopped playing professional water polo so I could focus on my music.” Doesn’t that sound like something Tom Waits might say in an interview? But it’s not a piece of Waitsian fiction, it’s actually a quote from Sean Paul. Both Sean … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ Music: White Stripes Musical Miscellany

Sometimes when I get started talking about the White Stripes, I fear that I sound like one of those old Saturday Night Live Bill Brasky skits. “Jack White once started a band with his wife, divorced her, and then told … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Talkin’ Music: Your Dad’s Favorite Rap Songs

I remember once hearing Guns N’ Roses disparaged as “Your Dad’s Favorite Band.” This insult never upset me personally because 1) I was never a big G N’ R fan, and 2) I’m pretty sure that my father’s favorite band … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ Music: Hidden Gems of 2013

I’ll admit it: as a music fan, I possess a generational bias. It’s not that I don’t enjoy music from an older generation or that I can’t do a killer Mick Jagger Rooster (I can!); it’s just that I normally … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ Music: The Summer on Smash

Ever since Fat Joe & the Terror Squad murdered the summer of 2004 with Lean Back, I’ve been a keen observer of what rapper puts the “summer on smash.” (The phrase comes from a Nas/Swizz Beatz collaboration off Nas’ new album.) This … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ Music: When da Truth is more Gangsta than Fiction

Whenever someone tells me that they dislike rap music, I always make a point to not argue with them. (I mean: why bother, right? Would the world be a better place if more people listened to Chief Keef or Waka … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ Music: Tom Waits (Three Legs)

I sometimes suspect that the reason why Tom Waits has never reached the level of musical superstardom that he deserves is because he violates all three of Pop music’s Cardinal Rules: Rule #1: Be young and attractive Rule #2: Be … Continue reading

Posted in Talkin' Music | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment