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Josh Langhoff
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Josh Langhoff is a church musician.  He’s written about music for The Village Voice, The Singles Jukebox, two EMP Pop Conferences, his church newsletter, and his blogs NorteñoBlog and Surfing in Babylon.


Sunday, December 14 2014

The Best Norteño and Banda Music of 2014

Beware: what follows may contain tubas. Also accordions, clarinets, canned gunfire, protest songs, dance songs, songs about roosters, songs about drug cartels, songs using drug cartels as metaphors to make the singers seem intimidating and/or awesome and/or "authentic", songs using roosters the same way, and amor.

Wednesday, May 14 2014

EMP's Pop Conference Goes Mobile and Returns Home

In its 13th year, the Pop Conference offered more exciting ideas about music and mobility than you could shake a walking stick at.

Monday, December 12 2011

The Book of Mormon: Contemporary Christian Album of 2011

Contemporary Christian Music could take a page or two out of The Book of Mormon.


Friday, December 19 2014

Diana Reyes: Mis Mejores Duranguenses

Heartbreaking melodies belted over Hi-NRG beats of endless momentum -- only the beats are polkas.

Sunday, November 23 2014

Banda Los Recoditos: Sueño XXX

Pinup banda provides forum for drinking stories and sex dreams; its brass lines tangle together like sweaty bodies.

Sunday, November 2 2014

Luis Coronel: Quiero Ser Tu Dueño

Teen heartthrob makes terrible music, tops Latin Albums chart, threatens to cross over.

Thursday, October 16 2014

Noel Torres: La Balanza

When playing corridos, one must be absolutely modern. If you play them as hard as possible, that helps.

Tuesday, June 3 2014

Juanes: Loco De Amor

Colombian superstar unplugs again, but stuffs his songs with color and hooks, amor and innuendo.

TEEN: In Limbo [30.Aug.12]
Riz MC: MICroscope [14.Aug.12]
Batida: Batida [16.May.12]
Flexible Music: fm [10.Apr.12]
Field Music: Plumb [29.Feb.12]
Escort: Escort [7.Feb.12]
Graffiti6: Colours [29.Jan.12]
Ke$ha: Cannibal [7.Dec.10]
Goose: Synrise [18.Oct.10]


Wednesday, March 6 2013

Rakim's Top 5 Rhythmic Effects in "Follow the Leader"

Rakim packs a lot into 50 couplets; get in the flow and you can picture like a photo.

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