The Beat is my monthly musical link love post. It’s a quick run down of all the great music articles I’ve read lately and stuff I think you might enjoy too.
Am I too old for music? It’s a question I asked nearly two years ago, but every time I share it…it strikes a nerve. “I can totally relate!” people tell me.
I think at this point I’ve decided even if I’ve slowed down on how many shows I make it to, I’ll never be too old for music. There’s always new music to be discovered.
But is it okay to love bands younger than me? Hmm…
Last year just before SXSW, I fell totally in love with The Strypes. They’re a little indie rock band out of Ireland, and every member was more than a decade younger than me. Eek!
Was it okay to love them anyway? Would I need to change my name to “The Cougar Groupie” instead?
But then I read Hutch Harris’ piece on loving bands younger than him, and it totally put my mind at ease. All that and more are in this month’s edition of The Beat.
From the web:
- How to stop worrying about loving bands younger than you
- I wrote about why I dig The Wealthy West, but you can get to know Brandon even better
- How my Alma mater landed the Bob Dylan archives
- 11 moments that prove (I guess) that “Gilmore Girls” was the most hipster TV show (I guess)
- And because by now you should know I’m unhealthily obsessed with “Gilmore Girls”…how the show’s theme song changed when the show was picked up
- Why I’ll always be grateful I grew up listening to oldies radio (yes, yas, yaaaaas!)
- Cautionary tales about the dangers of living in a streaming music world
- 12 hotels for vinyl lovers
- My hometown of Houston seems to have become a vinyl haven
- Because groupie tales are always fun: the groupie who came between The Ramones
- 7 things that wouldn’t exist without “Pinkerton”
- Attention! You may only have four more years before downloading is extinct
- My buddy Josh over at On Pirate Satellite has a great series on streaming services – check out the first installment
- The story of The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”
- In need of a musical read? 40 books every music lover should read
- I identified with this essay about how music changes after a break up SO MUCH
- If you don’t own earplugs and wear them to shows, you’re an idiot (I recommend EarPeace, BTW)
- Pet Sounds celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month – it’s definitely one of those albums in my collection that never gets old
- This is what happens when you take your parents to a music festival
- Have you ever wanted to make your own vinyl record? Now you can…
- I adore Greta Morgan, so I’m super excited to hear more from her punk record collaboration with Katy Goodman
- And finally…since we know HBO’s “Vinyl” will not be returning for season two, have you checked out Cameron Crowe’s Showtime show, “Roadies”? Here’s a few real-life roadies’ take on it.
From The Good Groupie:
- 5 music subscriptions worth checking out
- Get to know Penny & Sparrow and check out their new record, “Let a Lover Drown You”
- A Gilly Playlist, for fans of “Gilmore Girls” (told you I’m unhealthily obsessed)
- An interview with David of the phenomenal Fort Frances
- Feed your need for southern gothic rock with South Carolina’s Fidelio
- Guest Groupie: 5 reasons vinyl is definitively better
- And finally, a TON of new music picks you may have missed:
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