The album, unlike the single, is a complete offering. It’s not just verse, chorus, verse, chorus, interlude, chorus, outro. It’s not one lone musical idea. It’s an entire pallet of ideas. It’s an opera, a play, a novel. The album can be one of the greatest pieces of art, and when properly done, it’s magical.
And so, here are my favorite albums of 2010 (part 1): Continue reading
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In this musical day and age, the single has once again become the most important item to further an artist’s career. It started off as the single, in the 60s when bands were forced by their record companies to put out a new single every few weeks. Then we moved to the golden age of the album, where bands were allowed the creativity and given the time to properly craft entire musical theses, instead of mere thoughts. Then we moved to the music video, and now, in the age of the internet, mixtapes, and iTunes downloads – the single is the most powerful musical item once again.
While I prefer albums, I must admit that as a blogger, singles are my bread and butter. Leaked albums are few and far between these days, so single releases or leaks are what I’m able to hear, share, and write about the most. And so, I present to you my favorite
10 11 singles of 2010: Continue reading
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As this is the first time TSU is doing an interview, I figured I’d leave it as raw as possible, but first let me give you a bit of context. I discovered J. Roddy Walston & the Business while driving around Baltimore with Elana, and listening to WTMD, Towson University radio. We both loved the title track to the album (“Don’t Break The Needle”) and were wondering when we’d hear from the band next.
A few days later, I got an email from the band’s management asking if I wanted to feature the band on the blog. How’s that for coincidence? So, in Mr. J. Roddy Walston’s own words – here are a few thoughts about life, music, and everything in between.
Let’s talk about the band name. Who is J. Roddy Walston?
Me… that’s what my mama named me the day i was born.
How long have you guys been together as a band?
Eight years sort of… 5 really touring and all that.
If you guys couldn’t be musicians, what would your jobs be?
Subway sandwich artists. Continue reading