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This is the first in a series of year-end articles by WOUB contributors. Check out all of this year’s lists at this link. Wearing my music-acquisitions hat (it’s fuzzy and green and has a tassel on top) for Athens County Public Libraries gives me the joyous opportunity to listen to a lot of tunes, but… Read More
As acquisitions librarian for Athens County Public Libraries, I see a lot of books, scan a lot of reviews and ultimately decide what goes on the shelves. That also means I get to read a lot of good books (I don’t finish books I’m not enjoying). Here are a handful of titles you may have… Read More
This is the second in a series of year-end articles by WOUB contributors. Check out all of this year’s lists at this link. My 2014 list has a lot of old names on it. Think of it as music by people you’ve probably heard of. Maybe I should have reached out more; or maybe it… Read More
WOUB contributor James Hill shares his top music picks of 2013, including albums by Billy Bragg, India.Arie, Janelle Monae and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
Radio Free Athens host James Hill shares his top music picks of the year, including albums by The Blasters, Macy Gray and David Wax Museum.
James Hill talks with author (and former Athenian) Michael Poore about his new book, Up Jumps the Devil, released earlier this month.
James Hill reviews Erika Dillman's funny, yet insightful, book The Party of Your Life: Get the Funeral You Want by Planning It Yourself, and makes a playlist for his future sendoff.
My wife and I recently watched season one of the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska. If you haven’t seen it, each episode typically starts with a studio shot of the only local radio station in Unalakleet, Alaska: AM 930 KNSA. It’s reminiscent of Northern Exposure's "Chris in the Morning" and even reminds me a little… Read More
I would guess that most “best of the year” music lists can be divided into three categories: Dependable Artists, Old Favorites, and New Discoveries. My 2011 list is no different. I’ve also selected a standout track from each album (in parentheses). Before the big reveal, though, I should point out that one of the great… Read More
I was scanning the new shelf at my local, friendly public library the other day and ran across a book by Denise Sullivan, called Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop (2011, Chicago Review Press). I can honestly say that it will dictate my music purchasing for the next several months. You… Read More