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Rave Ups:  Shakey - Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Rave Ups: Shakey - Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

By in Blog on March 26, 2009

For the last couple of months I have had the great pleasure of reading this book and re-examining the catalog of Neil Young.  I have been a fan of Neil’s music ever since a friend turned me on to Decade (1977 career retrospective) in high school.  This book allowed me to literally dissect Neil [...]

Wither Movie Music?

Wither Movie Music?

By Juan Cena in Blog on February 18, 2009

Peter Gabriel is pulling out of performing at this year's Oscars. The reason?  The producers are limiting his performance to a  segment or a three song medley of songs nominated for the Best Song category  .  His song, "Down to Earth" (from Wall-E) is about six minutes long. The producers wanted him to cut the song down to about sixty-five seconds.   There are people reading that thinking how great it is that the Oscar telecast will be about six minutes shorter this year. I seriously doubt that one myself. At least in terms of the Oscars ending six minutes closer to 11:00 PM EST. I think what really made me think about this was how music from films has become less relevant in the past decade or so. Growing up, there always seemed to be a new song on the radio that was from a new movie coming out that would become a huge hit. Especially in the Eighties where movie soundtracks would would be full of songs that would dominate the charts. Think of the Top Gun or Footloose soundtracks. Both had songs that eventually got Oscar nominations (Top Gun's "Take My Breath Away" even won an Oscar). And in the Nineties, Disney films were basically musicals which always took home at least a Best Song Oscar about every year. Now, it seems like movie music isn't as powerful as it was back then. There are Cd's tied to movies that feature songs that aren't even in the film itself. Or the music itself  will be less out of sync with what is popular on the radio. It's kind of sad because that crossroads between music and film as a cultural force is being less and less traveled.

A Plea to DC...

A Plea to DC...

By Zechs in Blog on February 27, 2009


The Four Cups

The Four Cups

By Alex Delarge in Blog on March 11, 2009


How I Found and Lost my New LCS

How I Found and Lost my New LCS

By Alex Delarge in Blog on March 16, 2009


The Big Inevitable

The Big Inevitable

By Alex Delarge in Blog on April 1, 2009


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