brian_williams_snlI’ve got a crush….on Brian Williams? How is this possible you ask? I heard the incredibly witty and hilarious anchorman on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! on Sunday, where he quipped on Balloon Boy, Fox News, Bill Clinton, and, finally, his unfortunately named music blog, BriTunes on MSNBC. Up until now, I thought Brian Williams was all hairstyle and charm school–a bit stiff perhaps, but android-perfect and groomed for TV from a young age. I was wrong. Dead wrong. This guy is hilarious. Please check out this link from this weekend’s show and become a believer in Brian.

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A Brief History of Ska

October 6, 2009

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Yesterday, the popular online magazine Pop Matters published my ska thesis, The Ska Will Go On. For this article on the rise and fall of ska music, I interviewed several of the scene’s movers and shakers including musicians, record producers, and DJs. The piece is already spurring controversy in certain ska circles because it fails to mention some bands and gives too much space to others. But, all comments have generally been positive. It’s always hard to write a comprehensive history of a cultural movement, because, ultimately, cultural histories are subjective. Just look at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. My video about the Three Floors of Ska event held at the Knitting Factory in NYC is posted here and on the Pop Matters site.