Archive for the ‘Discussion Topics’ Category

  • Your Most Turbulent Musical Relationship?

    January 13, 2009 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 10 comments

    There are some artists that I liked at first listen and have only grown to appreciate more with time, like Randy Travis and Patty Loveless. There are others that I’ve just never found interesting at all, like Faith Hill and Jimmy Wayne. And somewhere in between those two extremes, there are those in whom my [...]

  • On the Spot #2

    December 26, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 26 comments

    Since I’ve made some significant changes to the site today, including the commenting system, here’s your chance to give it a test run. Same question as last time:
    What’s the last song you heard?
    Remember: if you’re going to answer, you have to do it now. No reading this now and coming back to answer after [...]

  • On the Spot

    December 15, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 28 comments

    Hey, you! You probably thought you were just coming here to read, but you waltzed right into my trap. Now, I’m challenging you to answer this question:What’s the last song and/or album you heard?
    If you’re going to respond at all, you have to do it right now. If you read this now and come back [...]

  • Please Don’t Buy My Album

    November 26, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 7 comments

    We usually don’t hear about disagreements with labels or managers until an artist severs the troubled ties and starts talking candidly about future plans. A notable exception to the rule is Hank III, who has been very vocal about his dissatisfaction with Curb Records and much of the music he has recorded for them. Most [...]

  • Who’s Your Music Critic?

    November 19, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 18 comments

    There are some writers whose recommendations I take seriously - if they like something, I know I probably will too - and others whose tastes are so opposite mine that their recommendations actually dissuade me. Of course, the vast majority fall somewhere in between the two extremes, but that makes for boring conversation. Who are [...]

  • When Less Is More

    November 4, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 4 comments

    This thread at The 9513 got me thinking about solid albums with just one or two tracks whose omission would have improved the whole. I agree with the mention of “Ten With a Two” on Chesney’s Lucky Old Sun. Another that comes to mind right away is “All I Want to Do” on Sugarland’s latest [...]

  • What’s Your New CD Ritual?

    October 29, 2008 | Categories: Discussion Topics | Discussion: 14 comments

    The shrinkwrap comes off, that pesky label sticker is peeled away… then what? Do you lift the CD out and admire its scuff-free, mirrored perfection? Pop it into a player sight unseen? Rip it to the computer right away? Read the liner notes first? Just glance through them and return for more later? Do you [...]

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