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.
The Best Norteño and Banda Music of 2014 | 14 Dec 2014 // 9:00 PM
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.
EMP's Pop Conference Goes Mobile and Returns Home | 14 May 2014 // 8:14 PM
In its 13th year, the Pop Conference offered more exciting ideas about music and mobility than you could shake a walking stick at.
Diana Reyes: Mis Mejores Duranguenses | 19 Dec 2014 // 1:59 AM
Heartbreaking melodies belted over Hi-NRG beats of endless momentum -- only the beats are polkas.
Banda Los Recoditos: Sueño XXX | 23 Nov 2014 // 8:01 PM
Pinup banda provides forum for drinking stories and sex dreams; its brass lines tangle together like sweaty bodies.
Rakim's Top 5 Rhythmic Effects in "Follow the Leader" | 5 Mar 2013 // 11:00 PM
Rakim packs a lot into 50 couplets; get in the flow and you can picture like a photo.