Tag Archives: MP3s

Japanese Hip-Hop and Commercialization

11 May

Here’s a link to today’s listening.

During class I referred to theorist Andres Huyssen’s work (although I couldn’t remember his name) on the feminization of culture. He wrote an essay titled, “Mass Culture as Woman: Modernism’s Other” from his book After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986). I also referred to Nina Eidsheim’s research on race, technology, and vocality. Let me know if any of these issues interest you.

We decided as a class to have the review session next Thursday at 3PM. The final exam will be May 22nd at 3:30PM. Remember, the essay questions will help you as you study.


J-Pop and Hip-Hop in Tokyo (part 1)

11 May

Here are the music files for the last two lectures on J-Pop and Hip-Hop. If you would like links to the videos, please let me know.

Tokyo Boogie Woogie

27 Apr

Here is the listening we discussed today in class. If you are interested in some of the jazz musicians we referenced, such as Lester Young or Clifford Brown, there is a panoply of recordings by them on Youtube and Spotify.

A final word on Mumbai

25 Apr

Here is a link to the listening from the last class on Mumbai where we discussed scenes from three different films that drew on “Light” classical styles as a way of indexing various aspects of the past or the weight of tradition.

As we discussed in class, there are many versions of “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein” from Kabhie Kabhie (1976). Here is the video featuring the voice of playback singer Mukesh (he won a big award for his playback performance in this song).

Here is a link to the entirety of Umrao Jaan (1981). The scene we discussed occurs around 40-minute mark. Don’t forget to select the “cc” to see the English subtitles. The song/scene we covered from that film, “In Aankhon Ki Masti,” was recorded by playback singer Asha Bhosle:

There are many versions of “Radha Kaise Na Jale” on youtube. The one below has the option of English subtitles if you want (select “cc” and then “English” for it to work). However, if the choreography and colors are what excite you about this example, feel free to hunt around for something better.

As you prepare for Friday’s quiz, note that track names and movie titles are more important than the names of the playback singers or composers when discussing Bollywood. When there is both visual and musical material to consider, the video is most important for how it relates to the conventions (i.e. the “context) of bollywood music clips. For example, with “Yunh Hi Chala Chal” from Swades, the video was really important to that discussion because it was such a departure from convention. For “Radha Kaise Na Jale” (Lagaan), the scene and music are about equally as important. The conventions are important to DDLJ as is the “situational” setting for “Yeh Dosti Hum Nahim” from Sholay. For all of the Bollywood material, the readings can really help to elaborate on the content and issues we discussed, such as the relationship of industry and modernity to the music or differing ways of referring to the past.

If any of you are especially invested in the material we covered in this unit and want to learn more about it, I am willing to share additional resources, including books, articles, and other film recommendations.

Listening for Bollywood

20 Apr

Here is the listening for this week. You will notice that I’ve included everything we discussed except for the N. Indian Classical examples. If you would like them, please email me privately, and I’ll send you a link.

Here is the reading for Tuesday by Peter Manuel.

Music from São Paulo… So Far

21 Mar

Here is the listening we’ve covered in class through today (and not included in the .zip from my article) to facilitate the completion of your writing assignments should you choose a track related to São Paulo.

Listening / Logistics

24 Feb


Here is a link to this week’s listening. It’s a pretty exciting playlist literally decades in the making.


As we discussed in class, there will not be a traditional essay or paper for assignment two; rather, I am expecting everyone to weigh in to extend the discussion we began about From Mambo to Hip-Hop and Chapter 2 of Latin Music USA (with a minimum of 100 words). That post with a more suitable prompt will be up by tomorrow.

Since we rescheduled a make-up class for Sunday March 4th at 2PM, I thought it would be simpler to move urban folk/bluegrass/old-time class to Friday, March 2nd. The listening quiz will happen on Tuesday, March 5th (Cumbia day) at the beginning of class. Or, to rephrase, the schedule for the next 2 weeks will be as follows:

  • February 28: No class!
  • March 2: Urban Folk Music and Class Mobility
  • March 4 (Sunday, 2PM, place TBD): Unit 2 | Mexico City, Mariachi, and the Culture Industry
  • March 5: Listening quiz for unit 1; Cumbia, Techno-Cumbia, Sonidero
  • March 9: Rock en Español and Latin Alternative

I know schedule changes can be confusing, and I appreciate everyone’s flexibility.