No Radio Free Lunch!

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

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

Conversations: “Free” Music

Over at Dangerous Minds, Nail O’Conghaile has a post about the Emily White–David Lowery-Free Music-Piracy conversation that rolled across social media a couple of weeks ago.   Arguing in support … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Unpop

…is short for Unpopular Popular Music, which I wrote about in my recently completed dissertation for the University of Iowa Department of American Studies.  The term refers to music (folk … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 1 Comment