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The Year in Music: March 2010

Records were broken and notable songs were released in March 2010, which is the latest focus of our look at the year’s biggest events in music.

Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” gives her a rare Billboard chart accomplishment: her sixth No. 1 single on the Hot 100. A female artist hasn’t done this since 2000.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Hollies, Genesis, ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, and the Stooges in a ceremony at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Justin Bieber releases his first full-length album My World 2.0. It sells over 283,000 copies, making Bieber the youngest singer since Stevie Wonder in 1963 to debut at No. 1 on the album chart.

New singles released this month include smash duet “Nothin' on You” by B.o.B. and Bruno Mars, adult-contemporary/pop crossover hit “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble, and Ok Go’s “This Too Shall Pass”, which is noted for its highly mechanical music video.

A biopic on the female '70s rock group The Runaways hits theatres, starring Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. The film was heavily criticized for its style over substance approach and didn’t do very well at the box office.

Alex Chilton, former lead singer of the Box Tops (“The Letter”, “Cry Like a Baby”) and Big Star (“September Gurls”, “Thirteen”), dies of a heart attack at age 59. The Replacements named a song after him in 1987, but he might be better known by younger audiences as the writer of the theme song to That 70’s Show, “In the Street”.

Big Star was previously scheduled to perform at the fourth annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The event includes performances by She & Him, Muse, Kanye West, Spoon, Little Boots, Broken Social Scene, and much more, as well as a star-studded tribute to Chilton.

Gorillaz release what is rumored to be their last album, Plastic Beach.

To be a migrant worker in America is to relearn the basic skills of living. Imagine doing that in your 60s and 70s, when you thought you'd be retired.


Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Publisher: W. W. Norton
Author: Jessica Bruder
Publication date: 2017-09
Amazon

There's been much hand-wringing over the state of the American economy in recent years. After the 2008 financial crisis upended middle-class families, we now live with regular media reports of recovery and growth -- as well as rising inequality and decreased social mobility. We ponder what kind of future we're creating for our children, while generally failing to consider who has already fallen between the gaps.

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This film suggests that all violence—wars, duels, boxing, and the like—is nothing more than subterfuge for masculine insecurities and romantic adolescent notions, which in many ways come down to one and the same thing.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) crystalizes a rather nocturnal view of heterosexual, white masculinity that pervades much of Stanley Kubrick's films: after slithering from the primordial slime, we jockey for position in ceaseless turf wars over land, money, and women. Those wielding the largest bone/weapon claim the spoils. Despite our self-delusions about transcending our simian stirrings through our advanced technology and knowledge, we remain mired in our ancestral origins of brute force and domination—brilliantly condensed by Kubrick in one of the most famous cuts in cinematic history: a twirling bone ascends into the air only to cut to a graphic match of a space station. Ancient and modern technology collapse into a common denominator of possession, violence, and war.

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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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Here comes another Kompakt Pop Ambient collection to make life just a little more bearable.

Another (extremely rough) year has come and gone, which means that the German electronic music label Kompakt gets to roll out their annual Total and Pop Ambient compilations for us all.

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Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female stakes her claim with her band on accomplished new set.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Love You To Life

Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2017-08-11
Amazon
iTunes

Lara Hope and her band of roots rockin' country and rockabilly rabble rousers in the Ark-Tones have been the not so best kept secret of the Hudson Valley, New York music scene for awhile now.

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