by Joe Biglin

#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

The Velvet Underground & Nico | The Velvet Underground & Nico

March 12, 2020

The origins of The Velvet Underground as a group are about as haphazard as they come. The ostensible writer of the outfit, college-educated Lou Reed, seemed as entranced by the literary realism of his creative writing professor (esteemed poet and novelist Delmore Schwartz) as he was enamored with the three-chord rock ditty. While working as a hired gun for Pickwick Records, Reed fortuitously met a visiting John Cale, acolyte of John Cage’s loops and La Monte Young’s drones. Reed also…

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#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

Lil’ Kim | Hard Core

The adage coined by Charlotte Whitton — that women must work twice as hard to be considered half as good as men — was repeatedly validated as women began to make serious gains on men in 20th century art. Take the rap game: it…

May 28, 2019
#PopRocks by Joe Biglin Music

Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride

From the moment Vampire Weekend stepped off the Columbia University campus and quite literally into Rostam Batmanglij’s “studio” apartment to record songs about Lil Jon, the United Nations, and their own grammatical inclinations, they have been nothing if not indie-pop royalty. The band’s self-titled…

May 9, 2019
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