No Radio Free Lunch!

A blog about pop music and everything else by Eric D. Johnson

Quicknotes on Kanye, the Grammy’s and Innovative Black Pop Music as the Historical/Metaphorical Tiger

I kind of stopped paying close attention to Kanye West musically about 3 albums back, and have mixed feelings about some of his stunts, ideas, statements, and general public presentation … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andy Gill on Sleater-Kinney and No Cities To Love.

More in the series of largely curatorial posts that will probably become more and more a part of this blog, absent me finding more time to write or becoming better … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Exactment”

Nice interview with Joni Mitchell in NY Magazine.  I don’t have much to say about this right off, but maybe we can get something going in comments?  Personally, I’m a … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Readings: Formats

Eric Weisbard, who teaches in the American Studies Department at The University of Alabama has a new book coming out, Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music, that … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Preview: Jasmin Kaset and Birdcloud

I’m trying to make good on a commitment to bring this blog back to life through the revolutionary practice of blogging more often.  That’s going to mean doing things more … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Quick Thoughts on Performance Paths

Nothing too deep here, but something hopefully worth thinking about and expanding.  I should preface it with the caveat that Performance Studies is not my main gig and that I’m not … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Outkasted.

Awesome to run into such cool music/place/race/narrative scholarship from Memphis. Dr. Zandria F. Robinson and Regina N. Bradley talking it out.

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

I really really want to thank you for dancing to the end.

So, there are these three videos from Janelle Monae’s new record The Electric Lady that I keep watching, over and over.  They tie into, and are the latest episodes of … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Concrete Jungle

There was at least a solid two years in Fayetteville where it seemed like you could not go to a party or hangout or a show without hearing “Legend.” Usually … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cultural Exchange

Dave Bruceck has passed, and everywhere on the net, “Take 5” is playing.  That’s a wonderful thing, but here’s a lesser known bit of the Brubeck legacy, a musical written … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · Leave a comment
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