The origins of the foxtrot are lost in a tangle of unanswered questions.
Stephin Merritt: Cole Porter, Nino Rota — or both?
Computer games have proven fertile grounds for songwriters since the late 1970s.
Regarding the theory of de-evolution, and its best-known proponents.
The greatest Christmas song of all time?
The unintentional impact of the misheard lyric.
There have been many songs crafted in constructed languages.
Ernest Hogan could run, but he couldn't hide from his betrayal of his own people.
From Carnegie Hall to a prison cell, Rae Bourbon's arc was a tragic one.
His life led him through the little-known world of "pansy humor" — and into murder.
There was a time in the mid-20th Century when America believed atomic power would cure virtually all ills. And pop music wasn't immune to the nation's atomic fever. Learn more in this episode of NOTES.
"King Leer" gleefully skewered sacred cows and poked persistently at the boundaries of the acceptable.
He was talented... popular... and young. Then he was dead — at the hands of his best friend. The story of Russ Columbo is one of popular music's greatest tragedies. Learn more about the man who might have usurped Bing Crosby's throne on this episode of NOTES.
Neu! was truly a *new* band.
Some songs entertain... others change the world. Learn about one of the latter — a song inspired by an awful, true event, written by a leftist organizer and immortalized by one of the greatest voices in jazz — in this episode of NOTES.
They never should have made it. It was a long way to the top for AC/DC.
Learn about eefing and hoodling, the rural grandparents of modern beatboxing, in this episode of NOTES.
The scourge that is... Auto-Tune.