Today marks the launch of my new “Tuesday New Releases” column at PJ Lifestyle. As it has only been up a few hours, I’m just linking to the column there. I hope you’ll check it out:
With so much new music, movies and technology available on a weekly basis, even the most plugged-in people find it difficult to find the truly interesting products. Here at PJ Lifestyle we’re all about keeping it simple. Check in each Tuesday for information about current album and DVD/BluRay releases, along with hot new technology and gadgets you’re sure to want to make your own.
This week on the music side, I’ve highlighted albums from A Fine Frenzy (Pines), Jamey Johnson (Livin’ For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran) and Rah Rah (The Poet’s Dead) which are now out in the US, as well as past weeks’ albums from Ben Folds Five, The Mountain Goats and Diane Krall. The list ends with some cool tech finds, which may interest you as we near the Holiday shopping rush.
As usual, if you have any suggestions which might improve the column — albums, artists or products you think deserve to have a wider audience, please feel tree to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hip-hop stands as one of the few uniquely American cultural developments of the last century, yet the genre remains misunderstood. Because the line between pop and hip-hop have blurred over the last two decades, a majority of casual listeners continue to define the genre based on what they hear on the radio. Many music fans paint the entire hip-hop world with a stereotypical brush rather than take the time to understand it. Whether you’re a hip-hop fan since birth or just looking for an intro to the genre, these ten classics deliver.
Join the discussion at PJ Media! There’s always a lively discussion going on, and I’d love for regular “Hear! Hear!” readers to join the fray.
I’m no Luddite, but there are some aspects of technology which give me pause. I wrote this morning on PJ Media’s Lifestyle page of Tupac’s Coachella resurrection via hologram, and the potential future implications of such technology. I’m posting the link here so my “Hear! Hear!” readers can join the conversation. What do you think? Should posthumous record releases be enough, or would you pay to see Tupac live … or any band for that matter? Would it be even remotely fulfilling to see the Hologram Beatles onstage for one night only? Or would it be simply soul killing?