October 21

In Wax We Trust: A Short Film About Record Stores

record-store-interiorRecord stores. There’s really nothing like them in the world. In my opinion, at least. French trip hop/hip-hop producer Wax Tailor agrees, and on his latest tour around the U.S. stopped by some small independent record stores to talk to their owners about why, and how, they stay in business.

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January 6

BrainstemBob Approved: Two New Documentaries

As I get older, and I am definitely getting older, I find myself watching more and more documentary films. Documentary films show us the neglected corners of the world that don’t get much attention, shining a much-deserved light on the people, places, and events from the past, present and future, and give us more insight on the human condition. Documentaries have many marvelous qualities; they can educate, enrage, and inspire us. They can move us to take action to right wrongs. They can also be incredibly entertaining. What I’m saying is, I love documentaries. Given a choice between the latest box office blockbuster or an unknown little indie documentary, I’m almost always going to choose the doc. And I’ve seen two in the last week that are well worth checking out. Continue reading “BrainstemBob Approved: Two New Documentaries” »

March 19

Nevermind the Mainstream: WFMU Freeform Radio

WFMU-Sign-1024x683I gave up on radio a long time ago. Commercial radio, that is. It’s been unlistenable for decades, ever since the corporations did to radio what they ultimately end up doing to anything that is good and decent in this world: they destroyed it. Mega-mergers led to most radio stations in this country being gobbled up by a small number of giant media companies, then homogenizing and watering-down terrestrial radio in order to maximize listenership and ad revenue. Blandness sells, and commercial radio has become as bland as Wonder Bread. There’s a very clear reason you can drive from one end of this country to the other and find the same 10 or 12 songs playing on every single commercial radio station; they’re all programmed for conformity, and since they’re all owned by one of a very few companies, they’re all programmed to sound exactly alike. And I’m sorry to say, but if you’re relying on radio to give you something new, something different, something interesting in the world of music, you are losing out.

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