July 26, 2013
CLEARLY, race is not an issue in our country. We elected the first black president, we have elected black mayors and judges, police, firemen, many in sports and the music industry are black or non-American/non-white. Come on, it's 2013 - you really gotta come up with something better then the race card - it's really getting old! The only race/nationality that's getting persecuted and prosecuted are white Italians! Janice DiJoseph Philadelphia As a lifelong resident of this city I see the similarities between Philadelphia and Detroit: a huge, violent underclass that leaves the city with more tax consumers than tax producers; crime; out-of-wedlock births; and a population with a high rate of illiteracy.
May 16, 2003 |
With the recorded guitar and drum tracks thundering in his headphones for a third time, Ben Weldon pressed into the studio microphones and wailed out another throaty take. Summer time, runnin' free, Sitting basking in the sun, We'll have time, Not a worry in the world. Minutes later, Weldon, 21, was out of the booth at Mad Dragon Records at Drexel University, resting his voice, and critiquing his own vocals for the song "Summertime," by his rock band, Polymer.
September 23, 2003
What would it take to dissuade nearly 60 million Americans from swapping songs over the Internet? Probably a lot more than filing lawsuits against preteen honors students. But a spate of music industry lawsuits against file swappers seems to have been an effective start - even if it won't prompt a majority of them to kick their Kazaa habit. The nation's largest record labels targeted 261 Internet users with music-piracy claims this month, including a 12-year-old middle-school student from New York.
July 18, 2002
POP ICON and oddball Michael Jackson, on the heels of his poor-selling dud "Invincible," claims the music industry is racist and fixed against people of color. Had this come from say, Def Jam head Russell Simmons or J Records executive Clive Davis, this comment would garner some serious consideration. But coming from accused pedophile Michael Jackson, this comment would be laughable if it weren't so sad. Sad because Michael is fading away into the history books of pop culture, becoming more of a footnote with each passing year.
October 11, 2006
TOWER RECORDS HAS has gone the way of the vinyl LP, both victims of technology's unceasing pursuit of change and convenience. Tower, once one of the most powerful retail entities in the music industry, was sold last week to a liquidator for $134.3 million. The price is almost laughable when you consider in the mid 1990s, Tower racked up annual sales of $1 billion. But then the Internet matured. Young listeners found glee in file sharing and digital music. Wal-Mart and other "big box" stores lured customers with discounted-priced CDs. Tower tried to compete, but fumbled and lost.
August 28, 1988 |
Johnny Cash's new LP, Water From the Wells of Home, boasts a major supporting cast: Hank Williams Jr., Paul McCartney, the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Glen Campbell, Tom T. Hall and Roy Acuff, as well as Cash family members Rosanne, June and John Carter Cash. The album opens with a new rendition of a Cash hit from three decades ago, "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," with Rosanne and the Everlys providing vocal assistance. With Hall, Cash sings a Hall song, "Last of the Drifters.
November 15, 2014 |
THESE DAYS, Hollywood doesn't want to make a big, gooey romance about you unless you're a vampire or live within an hour's drive of Nicholas Sparks. Have we forgotten "The Bodyguard," that corny glam romance about a famous-but-vulnerable pop star and the strong, silent man who protects her? One who has not is Gina Prince-Bythewood, who (14 years ago!) made "Love and Basketball," and now returns with "Beyond the Lights," a bodyguard-ish love story about suicidal singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
April 12, 2013 |
Back in 1994, Bill Mallonee and his Athens, Ga., band, Vigilantes of Love, attempted to introduce themselves to a national audience with their fourth album, and their first with major-label distribution. Its title, Welcome to Struggleville , was apt, even prophetic. For Mallonee is a cult artist who's never found a wide audience despite consistent critical acclaim. In 2006, he was ranked the world's 65th best living songwriter by Paste magazine - ahead of Michael Jackson, Merle Haggard, and Allen Toussaint, among others.
June 4, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Investments pay off sooner, and later I was happy to see Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials make the anticrime case for quality, early-childhood education ("Wolf: Invest in preschool, not prison," May 27). Members of the business community see another critical benefit: strengthening our economy and workforce. Research highlighted by the national business-leader group ReadyNation shows that investing in these programs yields up to $26,000 in net long-term economic benefits for every child served.
March 17, 2007 |
All this week, our music maven Dan DeLuca has been posting dispatches on Philly.com from South by Southwest, the annual music industry confab in Austin, Texas. In this entry, he finds a touch or two of home in the Lone Star State. It's a long way from Broad Street to Sixth Street in this capital city in south-central Texas, but just as the shrinking music industry migrates to the growing South by Southwest Music Festival here every March, so does the Philadelphia music scene.