Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Context Of Concept

Remembering Pet Sounds, and the legacy of the concept album: Popular music’s first big, coherent statement—The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, released 50 years ago on May 16, 1966—wasn’t an immediate sensation, at least in the U.S. (a worried Capitol Records … Continue reading

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Flight Before Wright

Who flew first? A recent news article had researchers laying claim for the first heavier than air flight to Gustave Whitehead, whom his supporters have claimed flew several times before the Wright Brothers in 1903, namely two years earlier. In … Continue reading

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The Snacks Of Life

What is a snack these days? We are all hungry these days. But what are we hungry for, more than anything? The strangely addictive snack of online shopping—and for goods shipped via boxes we dispose of, which in turn are … Continue reading

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