I have written about lists before. I’ve certainly complained about them plenty. So at this point my comments on lists is like a running gag. But Rolling Stone released another list in an attempt to get eyeballs, stir up the … Read the rest
This is the second time I have done a triple review piece. And just speaking on that alone, it is interesting to try and connect three disparate works. Another thought that struck me just now now with this his project … Read the rest
Two notes to kick of this review:
1. The only album in Madonna’s catalog before this to really have and strong central theme (as opposed to just being a collection of great pop songs) was Erotica.
2. The only … Read the rest
To tie Janet Jackson’s, The Velvet Rope to the climate of the culture at the time would require more research and I want to get to the music but three events that stand out in my memory that occurred prior … Read the rest
I have been trying to work on a piece about music standoms for some time but can never find a through line or the angle that feels right to me other than writing that comes off like letters to the … Read the rest
I am a little less than 10 years away from being 56 and considering I feel like I just turned 40 yesterday it won’t be long before I am that old. I also have struggles with mental health issues and … Read the rest
During the whole shelter in place I had, as did many others had a bit of meltdown.
Not being able to dance at clubs or go to live music shows among other things drove people a little batty to it … Read the rest
The image at the below is back from when I started PopOff! In 2011 and one of the first tribute shows I did was for Tina Turner. I did it because I wanted to, because the music is good, and … Read the rest
I recently gave Sting quite the verbal lashing on a recent SoundwavesTV’s Mass Debate. I equated his solo career with dental office waiting room music. Go for the ratings or go home! You should check out that and the rest … Read the rest
I have said lists are good starting points to jump off from when looking to explore new genres or artists. “The Best Surf Bands Of All Time” for example will give you; Dick Dale, The Surfaris, The Beach Boys, The … Read the rest
This is the first in a series exploring my favorite music acts and what it means to be a fan.
Hi, I’m Bear and I’m a cancer from The Bay Area, California, I like bloody Mary’s, poetry, and The … Read the rest
On this record store day I though I should write something while I’m awake in the middle of the night because I’m not getting back to sleep anytime soon. And for me and many of my peers the record store … Read the rest
One of the realities of doing such a live stream marathon and looking at the charts is that in my opinion you come to see that 70-80% of the hits are on a spectrum of decent, average, well rounded material … Read the rest
One thing I have learned from doing the live streams daily and having the Billboard charts right in front of me is that up until even the early 00s women were the minority on the Hot 100 by WIDE margin. … Read the rest
Women’s History Month has ended with over 100 hours of female musicians logged through my daily live streams for the month. I played almost 800 different female artists not including women who were in bands that then went solo. Also … Read the rest
If the 90s and 00s are hip again I say we bring back the KFOG mentality and ethos to mainstream radio. For those in the Bay Area you know. For those outside of the Bay Area you know because you … Read the rest
This is piece I have been working on for some weeks and with the recent passing of three major musical icons, Loretta Lynn, Gal Costa, and Christie McVie I feel this piece is even more timely. Even if I still … Read the rest