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10 New Albums I'm Recommending Right Now
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An Open Letter to Taylor Swift
10 Underrated Modern Piano Concertos
Why Is Music Getting Sadder?
Nobody Will Tell You the Ugly Reason Apple Acquired a Classical Music Label
The 30 Most Intriguing Musical Artists of 2023 (Part 3 of 3)
Open Thread: What Is Your Spiciest Hot Take?
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Why Do I Keep Saying the Culture is Stagnating?
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“The Only Sensible Person in the World”
The Death of the Slow Dance (and Other Emerging Trends)
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65 Things I Want from the Web (But Almost Never Get)
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If I Ran a Major Record Label...
Why Apple Will Acquire Disney
How an Angry Woman in Baltimore Almost Killed the Jazz Age
How Musicians Invented the Law
How I Take Notes
8 Musical Collaborations I Wish Had Happened
We Have Entered the Self-Loathing Stage of the Internet
How 'American Graffiti' Invented Classic Rock (and Changed My Life)
Twelve YouTube Videos I'm Enjoying Right Now
Panic Among the Streamers
Is Rock Dead? (and Other Questions from Readers)
The 10 Mistakes I Made as a Music Critic
Tony Bennett’s Greatest Jazz Collaborations
A Tribute to Tony Bennett (1926-2023)
Results of My Survey: Who Deserves Most of the Credit for a Hit Song?
How the Internet Went to Threads
14 New Albums I'm Recommending Right Now
The Number of Songs in the World Doubled Yesterday
Here's My Mission Impossible Article—But I Refuse to Talk About the Movie
Were the First Laws Sung?
Why You Should Skip My Articles and Go Straight to the Comments
Today is Open Mic Anarchy
Are There Alternating Cycles of Hot and Cool in American Cultural History? (Part 2 of 2)
The Hottest Drummer You've Never Heard
30 Signs You Are Living in an Information Crap-pocalypse
Ted Gioia on discovering the paragon of authenticity in his own home
How I Stopped Hating Steely Dan
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An Executive Briefing Paper on the Creative Economy
A Tale of Three Songwriters: Duke Ellington, Joni Mitchell & Johnny Green
Nick Drake at Age 75
100 of My Favorite Things in Music (Part 1 of 2)
The Final Triumph of Cormac McCarthy (1933-2023)
I Revisit My Doom-and-Gloom Forecasts
Twelve Brutal Truths about AI Music
Give Me Your Best Suggestions for Movies and TV Shows
How Songs Created Western Rational Thinking
Death: A Literary Guide
Is There Such a Thing as Western Harmony?
How I Disintermediated My Writing Career
An Analysis of 47 Million Transactions Tells an Amazing Story about the Music Business
The Hit Singles of Sun Ra
In 1970, Alvin Toffler Predicted the Rise of Future Shock—But the Exact Opposite Happened
When a Single Person Controlled the Copyright on All Music (Even Blank Music Paper)
Get Ready to Pay More for Music
I'm Confessing that I Love Doris Day
12 Outstanding New Albums by 12 Artists from 12 Countries
A Conversation with Jason Moran
I Talk with an AI Music Historian
Can Songs Really Replace Philosophy?
The Brilliant Bad Decisions of John Luther Adams
Judgment Day Has Arrived for the Journalism Business
8 Pieces of Advice for Struggling Young Musicians (or Other Creative People)
Why Recording Studios Are Unplugging From the Internet
When Duke Ellington Came to North Dakota
My Lifetime Reading Plan
The 30 Most Intriguing Musical Artists of 2023 (Part 2 of 3)
How Christopher Burney Discovered Mindfulness in a Nazi Solitary Confinement Cell
How Saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre Taught Me Organizational Theory
The 20 Greatest Hits of The Honest Broker
Spotify Gives 49 Different Names to the Same Song
How Musicians Were the First Heroes—And Their Songs a Kind of Superpower
Jazz Piano Innovator Ahmad Jamal Is Dead at Age 92
Why Do Young People Keep Telling Me That Jazz is Romantic?
The Scarcest Thing in the World
Introducing Substack Notes—A New Forum for Ideas & Dialogue on the Web
The Decline and Fall of the Hit Instrumental Song
A Scandal Is Taking Place in American Music This Week
The 30 Most Intriguing Musical Artists of 2023 (Part 1 of 3)
Why Were Execution Ballads So Popular in Europe?
How Many New Songs Are Released Each Day?
Where Did Musicology Come From?
Why I've Decided to Become a Shareholder of Substack
How an IBM Computer Learned to Sing (1961)
We're Living in a Scroll-and Swipe Doom Loop Culture
Boom Times for the End of the World
Six Recent Studies Show an Unexpected Increase in Classical Music Listening
The State of Protest and Political Music in the Year 2023
Is Facebook's Metaverse Turning Into a Ghost Town?
Who Inspires You Among Living Musicians, Writers, and Other Creative Individuals?
Eleven New Albums I'm Recommending Right Now
Audiences Grow Weary of Stories that Never End
What You Want to Know About the Sax (But Were Afraid to Ask)
What I Learned from Emily Post's 'Etiquette' (1922)
How Wayne Shorter Transformed Jazz Composition in the 1960s
Remembering Wayne Shorter (1933-2023)
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow Turns 50
My Crazy Plan to Save the Newspaper Business
The 4 Types of College Papers for English Majors
The 50 Best Works of Non-Realist Fiction of the 21st Century (Part 5 of 5)
How Long Does Pop Culture Stardom Last?
My Lifelong Quest for Silence
Why Musicians Can't Retire
Over the Course of 72 Hours, Microsoft's AI Goes on a Rampage
The Real Story of Blues Legend Robert Johnson's 'Deal with the Devil' at the Crossroads
8 New Albums I'm Enjoying Right Now
I Need to Tell You About My Interesting Brother
The State of the Culture (2023)
A Chilling Paragraph from 1960
10 YouTube Videos I'm Enjoying Right Now
What Did Robert Johnson Encounter at the Crossroads? (Part 1 of 2)
Introducing the Slickest Con Artist of All Time
Why Did the Beatles Get So Many Bad Reviews?
Every Prediction from My Teenage Years Turned Out Wrong
The Most Important City in the History of Music Isn't What You Think
How a Single Person Changes a Culture
How to Make $100 Million Playing Clarinet
Impersonating Famous Musicians: A Two Thousand Year History
My 8 Best Techniques for Evaluating Character
Why Was King Tut Buried with a Trumpet?
Did the Music Business Just Kill the Vinyl Revival?
The 50 Best Works of Non-Realist Fiction of the 21st Century (Part 4 of 5)
How I Got an AI Theme Song for My Substack
The Woman Who Abandoned a Successful Recording Career to Play Music for the Dying
I'm Starting the New Year by Asking Your Advice
Did Bach Draw on Native American Musical Traditions?