Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Happy 44th birthday, hip hop

On Aug. 11, 1973, at a back to school party in the South Bronx of New York City, a young DJ named Kool Herc did something revolutionary for the time: Using two turntables to extend the instrumental breaks so people could dance longer. This was the Big Bang of hip-hop.

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Fri, August 11 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Happy 44th birthday, hip hop

Stop Making Sense revisited

Back in the spring of 1986, when I first saw Stop Making Sense, the Talking Heads concert film was the shit for the college crowd in Edmonton. The film had been out for about two years and had established itself as a cult movie, with the usual rituals that accompany viewings of such films.

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Sun, July 23 2017 » Film, Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Stop Making Sense revisited

After 40 years, ‘I Feel Love’ still sounds exciting

July 2 marked the 40th anniversary of Donna Summer’s landmark hit “I Feel Love.” More than a disco song, it was the birth of modern electronica, and the obstetrician was genius producer Giorgio Moroder. Listen to it through headphones if you have them:

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Sun, July 2 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on After 40 years, ‘I Feel Love’ still sounds exciting

One last beer at the Transit Hotel

Here’s a Facebook post I wrote on my iPhone. I’ve made some changes and extensions for this blog post, written on June 29:

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Fri, June 30 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on One last beer at the Transit Hotel

The ‘funky drummer’ has died

Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for soul and funk legend James Brown, wielded the sticks in 1970 on a largely instrumental tune called Funky Drummer, a solo from which would go on to be one of the most sampled bits of music ever. He has died at age 73.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on The ‘funky drummer’ has died

A 1970s Philly soul classic

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, 1975, Don’t Leave Me This Way (you could also think of this song as proto-disco):

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Fri, December 16 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on A 1970s Philly soul classic

Millions in punk memorabilia burnt in protest

Lede: “Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single.” That would have been today for Anarchy in the UK.

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Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » 1 Comment

One cool retro music commercial

This is Apple’s 2007 ad for iTunes, back when it was just a music device: From Kevin Speicher.

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on One cool retro music commercial

Punks then and now

This year, 2016, marks the 40th anniversary of punk rock in Britain. To commemorate the event, the Guardian found some people who lived a punk life then, and in some cases living quite bourgeois lives today, or are simply working folk (“Never mind the bus pass: Punks look back at their wildest days“). I’m mildly […]

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Sat, May 7 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Punks then and now

Merle Haggard: A giant of traditional country music dies

I’ve been weepy on and off all day since hearing the news that the great Merle Haggard no longer walks among us. He died at home Wednesday on his 79th birthday from complications due to pneumonia.

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Wed, April 6 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Merle Haggard: A giant of traditional country music dies