Do Not Sell At Any Price

I reviewed Amanda Petrusich’s excellent new book, Do Not Sell At Any Price, for Paste.

 

The Dream vs. Jeremih

I wrote about free EPs from R&B singers Jeremih and the Dream. Below, Jeremih’s latest radio hit, “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” which does not appear on the EP.

Ben Watt’s Romany & Tom

I reviewed a book by the musician Ben Watt about his parents for Paste. See the review here. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of the house remixes that Watt did in the early ’00s after the breakup of his group, Everything but the Girl. Check out what he does with Sade:

On The Vocal Group Tip: Juce, M.O., Jody

After a decade where R&B vocal groups were largely absent from pop, I wrote a piece for Salon about their possible resurgence, using songs from Juce, M.O., and Jody. Juce and M.O. are from England, which has always been more hospitable to vocal groups, in and out of R&B, while Jody hail from Chicago. Read the piece and check out Juce’s “Call U Out” below.

Cherry Glazer

I wrote about/interviewed the band Cherry Glazer. 2 of the 3 members are still in high school! Below, check out their ode to grilled cheese.

Why are People Ignoring Mary J. Blige?

I wrote a piece for Salon about the new Mary J. Blige album and the strange treatment of R&B in the music press. Read it here. Check out Blige’s explosive “Power Back” below, a song that shows her perfectly at home in a pop climate dominated by DJ Mustard.

Searching for Roger Miller’s House: Bradford Lee Folk

I wrote about a new bluegrass album from Bradford Lee Folk. Read the piece here, and listen below.

 

 

Country Funk Comp Shows the Strange Treatment of Country Music

I wrote about a new compilation of country music and the strange way the genre is treated by the press for the Atlantic. Below, one of the songs off the compilation, which shows the singer Bob Darin basically rapping–in 1969.

There Goes Gravity

I reviewed a memoir by the music journalist Lisa Robinson. She’s had more experience in pop than almost anybody, but spends a lot of time rehashing the same old rock history that has been dissected countless times.

An Interview with Melat

I wrote about and interviewed a young R&B singer named Melat for Splice Today. Read the piece here, and listen to her “Move Me” below.

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