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“Yankee Doodle” to “Stupid Ho”: A Journey Through Diss Tracks in Music History

Throughout music history, few genres have witnessed the explosive evolution of lyrical confrontation as extensively as the Diss Track. From the humble beginnings of folk songs like "Yankee Doodle" to the hard-hitting modern tracks like "Stupid Ho," the art of throwing verbal jabs and lyrical insults has transformed and diversified over time. "Yankee Doodle," which dates back to the 1700's, is perhaps an unlikely starting point for the evolution of […]

todayOctober 18, 2023 137


Remembering Sinead O’Connor

By - Kristi Houk “These are dangerous days. To say what you feel is to dig your own grave.” -Sinead O’Connor, “Black Boys on Mopeds” from I Do Not Want What I haven’t Got, (1990) I wasn’t supposed to write this. I was slated to review the latest Guided by Voices album (which is great, btw), but while poking around online during my lunch break on Wednesday, I saw the […]

todayJuly 27, 2023 301 8


Jane Birkin – Singer, Actress and Fashion Inspiration dead at 76

She embodied beauty in the 1960's European erotic art cinema world, was the lover and collaborator with Serge Gainsbourg and even has the most famous designer bag named after her.  She owned her quiet confidence and inspired and emboldened sexuality in women everywhere. At 20, Ms. Birkin appeared in Michelangelo Antonioni’s hit 1966 movie, “Blow Up”  where she played a fashion model — the credits listed her as only The […]

todayJuly 17, 2023 167


Top 10 Songs in Wes Anderson Films

By - Jackie Lo Wes Anderson films are filled with some of my favorite songs. With his film “Asteroid City” hitting theaters today (grab your tickets at Sidewalk Cinema) I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite songs from Wes Anderson films. These are my top 10 at the moment.   Number 10 “Le Temps De L’amour” Francoise Hardy (Moonrise Kingdom) There have been so […]

todayJune 22, 2023 469 7


The Cry of Jazz by Edward Bland and Requiem for Jazz by Angel Bat Dawid

By - Gareth Jones   For fans of new directions in Jazz, historically significant Black films, being educated while entertained Earlier this year, International Anthem (a fantastic record label out of Chicago) released the recording of the 2019 musical creation of Angel Bat Dawid.  This production was commissioned for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Dawid adds layered production of that one time performance.  This incredible work was inspired by the […]

todayMay 18, 2023 143


Long Live Cinema

By - Gareth Jones Every week on Sleep In Cinema my wonderful co-host Craig Ceravolo gives me the last word, so I end the show with a brief plea for people to go see movies and then talk about them, followed by the mantra, “Long Live Cinema.”  I would like to expand on that a bit more into a philosophical approach to re-engagement with the public viewing.   Before the pandemic, […]

todayMay 4, 2023 120


Record Store Day 2023

By - Andrea Paschal This weekend we will celebrate Record Store Day, a day where music lovers all over the world will gather at their favorite shops with the hopes of scoring their favorite RSD releases and maybe finding some other cool stuff along the way. Record Store Day has become an international event, and in many households is a date that gets lovingly marked on the calendar with birthdays […]

todayApril 20, 2023 241


Seymour Stein – The Music Industry Pioneer That Changed Everything

By - Jason Hamric The music world lost a giant this week.  Seymour Stein, was a music industry veteran who shaped the sounds and careers of some of the biggest and some of my favorite artists of the last century. From the Ramones to Madonna, his influence can be felt in all corners of the music world.  As the founder of Sire Records, Stein played a huge role in finding […]

todayApril 6, 2023 201 2