When you’re sheltering in place, you begin to roll through the past. . . . In 1982 I moved from Detroit to Rockford, Illinois, to take a job at what now might be considered a start-up, although in its case, it was an organization that was about developing ideas, not software. The move itself seemed … Continue reading Slow Song
After a friend read my piece on seeing the Rolling Stones on the band’s now-no-longer-forthcoming No Filter tour, she admitted to me that she had tickets for the show in Detroit. The explanation was simple. She’d never seen the band. She knew that if she didn’t act now she’d not be likely to ever see … Continue reading What Will You Do When It Is Over?
An Iowa precinct chairman shares his thoughts on the 2020 caucus and his state’s role in nominating presidential candidates.
Given the most-recent Macaulay oeuvre on this site and the absence of same, some of you might have been thinking (if you thought about it at all), “Hmm. . .he kept writing about dead people; maybe he’s joined them.” Nope. Still here. And not another piece about dead people. Well, not exactly. They could be … Continue reading Time Is(n’t) on My Side
She thinks I’m crazy But I’m just growin’ old… Sure, when you’re a grown-ass adult, 19 seems impossibly young. But when you’re a website? Well, 19 is old as dirt. C’est la vie. 2001 was a long time ago. A lifetime, really. It’s freaky to think how different the world was before Facebook, before Twitter, … Continue reading Hey Nineteen: Happy birthday to us!
So every couple of years I like to re-read the 2012 Texas Monthly feature (“That ’70s Show”) on the 1972 Austin music scene that birthed the outlaw country movement. If you haven’t read it yet, just stop now and go read it and come back after you’re done. Every time I read this fantastic oral … Continue reading Listen: Cosmic Cowboys, Longhaired Rednecks and Other Troublemakers
Don’t believe the hype. You might hear that “album consumption” grew 15% but that’s an arbitrary measurement made up by the industry and tweaked every other year to make business look healthy. The indisputable fact is that people are purchasing fewer albums than ever, and on top of that, nobody’s even measuring how many albums … Continue reading 2019 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams
Happy new year, everybody! Sorry this is a little later coming out than usual but we closed down GLONO HQ for the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s and didn’t even look at a computer. Highly recommended. Next year maybe we’ll try to ignore the phones too. While in 2018 we posted something new … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2019
Hallelujah the Hills – I’m You, out November 15. It’s inappropriate for critics to project their own shit onto a work of art. But for music fans? That’s what we do. It’s how an album can become so entangled with a specific time in your life. Certain songs get scratched into our souls, you know. … Continue reading Album of the Year: Hallelujah the Hills – I’m You
Big music festivals might not be the ideal way to experience music you’ve never heard before, but from a quantity perspective it’s hard to beat. I figure I saw 30 bands at Riot Fest this year, and of those, I had previously never listened to 13 of them. And that’s what makes a fest so … Continue reading Riot Fest 2019: Do You Realize??