No Radio Free Lunch!

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

The Coathangers Make It Right

Hey!  Just like every year, I’m here to say that I’m gonna pick this blog up and make it work!  Hey!  I mean it this time!  Hey!  I don’t have … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

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
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