One of the aspects of rock and roll that gets little general attention is the Sisyphusian life on the road. Ideally the band gets a tour. The tour commences. If things go really well, then (a) the tour gets extended or (b) another tour is established hard on the heels of the first. There is … Continue reading The Road
Documentary director Sam Jones kept a “filmmaker’s diary” of his experience working on a movie about Wilco. The documentary would eventually be called “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” but I remember a short period of time when the film’s web site called it “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart.” (The Internet Wayback Machine … Continue reading I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Filmmaker’s Diary
I’d been holding off on releasing this post until Billboard published Ed Christman’s year-end wrap-up online, but it looks like it’s going to be print-only. So go out and buy the magazine if you want Ed’s perspective on these numbers. For 2018 Billboard changed the way it calculates streaming equivalent albums. From 2014 through 2017 … Continue reading 2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams
Every year around this time I ask myself a question: Why are we doing this? There’s no really good answer. I guess the hope is there’s somebody out there who likes rock and roll music but doesn’t want to have to seek out good new stuff. So we’re providing a service. The reality, of course, … Continue reading Glorious Noise is 18. And we like it.
Many years ago, when I was perhaps 5 years old, my dad was driving my brother and me somewhere in downtown Detroit, which, in retrospect, I realize was somewhere near Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius, where there is planned slowing due to a circular pattern to streets in that area (an interesting fun fact about … Continue reading Boo Who
Although I have been MIA from this page for some time now, something that needs to be addressed has come to my attention, something far worse than I had originally thought as I looked into things a bit more. As you are probably aware, “The Who” are going back on tour. It is called “Moving … Continue reading Who Do They Think They Are?
Happy New Year! Once again, as always, there were a ton of great songs released last year. Narrowing it down to the 21 best is a bit ridiculous, but it’s a digestible chunk of music to summarize the year. My absolute favorite song of the year was also the most surprising: the Oak Ridge Boys’ … Continue reading GLONO’s 21 Best Songs of 2018
What a year. How naive were we to think that 2016 was bad just because Prince and David Bowie died, Mitch McConnell was mean to President Obama, and Hillary Clinton lost the election to a game show host who made an entire career out of lying and cheating? And then 2017 seemed bad too. But … Continue reading 2018: Good Riddance
I miss having a friend with access to a corporate luxury box at the local arena. It’s the perfect way to see artists you don’t care about enough to pay for your own tickets. [DP disagrees. -ed.] I know this sounds gross, but stick with me. Back in the late 90s I had a good … Continue reading Ticketstubs: Marilyn Manson in Grand Rapids, 1999
Two of the things that have long fascinated me are (1) what makes a band a band and (2) why performers continue to perform long after ordinary people move on to something else in their lives besides that which created their livelihoods. As for the first point, the issue is that of membership and then … Continue reading The Chain, Broken