No Radio Free Lunch!

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

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

Indeterminacy

is the currency of genre.

November 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Selling Out

Some notes from an email I sent into a discussion list while working on ideas about how to talk about pop music that stands against pop music. It’s not exactly right in some places, but it does a good job of explaining where my thinking about pop music and authenticity comes from. Written in reply to the estimable Tony Thomas, I’m trying to salvage what was good (or at least necessary) about being worried about selling out, while recognizing what’s really problematic about the foundations of the whole idea.

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

No Radio Free Lunch (Blog)

Adele, R&B, & a Century of Generic Purity This article from The Atlantic is…Interesting.   I’m not going to write about the Club Music as/not as R&B aspect much, because I … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 1 Comment
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