Regarding the mysterious death of former Iron Butterfly bassist, Philip Taylor Kramer.
Kurt Weill's contributions to American (and global) popular culture were vast.
Giallo not only revitalized Italian genre filmmaking, but also the career of an obscure Italian prog-rock group.
X represented something very different in American punk rock.
The story of a true global synthesist.
How a song co-written by a chipmunk became the theme for a house built by a rabbit.
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.
There are fascinating stories behind the music of some of television's best-loved holiday specials. Hear a few of them in this episode of NOTES.
Regarding the theory of de-evolution, and its best-known proponents.
The greatest Christmas song of all time?
In the 1970s, Kim Fowley's most famous project was producing and managing the Runaways, the groundbreaking all-girl band that made the world safe for acts from the Go-Gos to the Donnas. In this episode of NOTES, learn more about the controversial act that introduced the world to a young Joan Jett.
The unintentional impact of the misheard lyric.
No artist's career transverses as many disparate corners of the rock n' roll world as Kim Fowley's does. From the Argyles to Frank Zappa, Fowley has been there, done that. Learn more about the amazing Kim Fowley in this episode of NOTES.
There have been many songs crafted in constructed languages.
He lit up May Day parades and peered from church facades. He is still with us today, distributing Christmas gifts and hawking canned vegetables. And he lives on in pop music as well. Learn more about the mysterious Green Man in this episode of NOTES.
Ernest Hogan could run, but he couldn't hide from his betrayal of his own people.