ASK ALEX: What elements of African music ended up in the blues?

The blues is centered around a strong harmonic progression, that comes directly from traditional European counterpoint. The use of the I (tonic), IV (subdominant) and V (dominant) is directly related to the fact that African musicians would have been exposed to these new sounds. Wikipedia tells us that … There are few characteristics common to […]

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ASK ALEX: How did Rock and Roll become White and how did the Rolling Stones – a band in love with black music – help lead the way to rock’s segregated future?

Rock and Roll in its evolution was coded more white than black even though lots of rock and roll bands and musicians are of African -American descent. For example Little Richard and Chuck Berry through to the Dominoes, Ike Turner, and Howlin’ Wolf, rock and roll’s founding figures were African American. Hamilton’s book states “ […]

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ASK ALEX: THREE DAYS GRACE

Three Days Grace is a Canadian Rock Band formed in Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band’s original line up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier . Drummer Backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Waist . Signed to RCA records , they have released six studio albums, each at the year […]

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ASK ALEX: LINKIN PARK

Linkin park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California . the bands current lineup comprises vocalist/ rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Mark Wakefield and Chester Bennington. The band used to be called Xero (1996-1999). Their rise to international fame was their debut studio Hybrid Theory (2000) which became certified Diamond . The […]

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ASK ALEX: PUPAJIM

Pupajim is one of the most unique sounds in Reggae and music due to the pitch , sounds and lyrics. They have very naturalistic lyrics and talk about all elements of society. They also talk about the environment and homelessness . Considering as it is two white males behind the music from listening to their […]

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ASK ALEX. M: Suggestions for great decks for lovers of modern music

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB / £235 Dimensions: 450.0 mm (17.72″) W x 352.0 mm (13.86″) D x 157.0 mm (6.1″) H | Motor: Direct drive | Platter: Die-cast aluminum | Phono preamp: Yes | USB: Yes | Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45, 78 rpm | Stylus: AT95E Audio-Technica AT-LP60 . £100 […]

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ASK ALEX: Rap vs Hip Hop / Damian Marley / Nirvana vs Foo Fighters

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Q1: I want to get into Nirvana / Foo Fighters. Are they pretty close to being identical music, or is there a distinct ‘border between them? Either way though, what are the essential recordings and why. Thanks. Matt. The Drummer from Nirvana Dave Growl is the lead in […]

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ASK ALEX: Latin Hip Hop / Korean Hip Hop / Norwegian home-grown Rap

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Q7: latin hip-hop. Worth listening to do you think? if yes then are there essential recordings yet? Latin Hip Hop is a growing theme also i would recommend rap songs that have Spanish artists featured. songs with Spanish artists featured that have come out recently are linked below […]

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RAP: How has it evolved over the years, and what has driven this evolution… where is it going?

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Rap can be split into several eras depending on the time period of their release, eras like pre 2000’s /old school, Rap in the 2000’s and modern hip hop / mumble rap can all be differentiated and identified by the beat, style, writing(lyrics) and sound effects. Hip hop […]

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ASK ALEX: HIP HOP (old school) … some of these artists’ best albums

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … SUGARHILL GANG: Rapper’s Delight (1979) Sugarhill Gang (1980) Jump On It! (1999) GRANDMASTER FLASH/FURIOUS FIVE: The Message (1982) Kings of the streets :the definitive (2006) Its Nasty(genius of Love) (1982) KURTIS BLOW: Blow(1980) Deuce(1981) Ego Trip(1984) GRANDMASTER CAZ: The Grandest of them all (1992) Mid Life Crisis (2008) […]

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ASK ALEX: HIP HOP (old school) … how it began

Contemporary music editor Alex M writes … Hip Hop originated in the African American lower class parts of the South Bronx , New York in the late 1970s. The unequal less opportune areas like the South Bronx where ethic minorities lived like African Americans and Hispanics were areas that boomed in expressive arts and sounds […]

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