Articles by David Hopper

Top 10 Chocolate Songs

October 28, 2020 by

Happy National Chocolate Day! The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) created this glorious day in which we celebrate all things chocolate. Did you know every year Americans drop $22 billion (!!!) on chocolate? This level of popularity may be why there are multiple chocolate days: International Chocolate Day (July 7), World Chocolate Day (July 11), […]

Author explores history behind Nick Cave’s ‘Murder Ballads’

October 27, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with journalist and essayist Santi Elijah Holley about his new 33 1/3 book on the 1996 album Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Holley’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic and VICE, among many other publications. The ninth studio effort from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads is one of […]

Q&A: singer/songwriter Hayley Sales

October 22, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Sales. When we spoke with Sales last week, she was wrapping up her 8-date virtual tour, which was streamed live from her parents’ blueberry farm in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she’s been staying during the pandemic. Sales has finished her first record in a decade, Ricochet, which is […]

10 Great Versions of Jazz Standard “Autumn Leaves”

October 15, 2020 by

The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold I see your lips, the summer kisses The sun-burned hands I used to hold So go the opening bars of the immortal jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.” With autumn now in full swing, let’s get in the swing with some swingin’ versions […]

Podcast Spotlight: Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet

October 13, 2020 by

For almost five years, friends Rob Carmack and JB Clark have hosted the popular podcast Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet, in which they discuss every officially released Springsteen song in alphabetical order. That’s 368 songs/episodes (and growing). In September 2019, they finished the songs, and they recently wrapped Season 2, which spotlighted Springsteen albums in […]

Smooth Talker: Dave Koz on Cory Wong, Dave Grohl, and the future of smooth jazz

October 8, 2020 by

(This is the second part of 360°Sound’s two-part exclusive interview with saxophonist Dave Koz.) In the second part of our discussion with Dave Koz, the contemporary jazz star talks about his collaboration with guitarist and Vulfpeck associate Cory Wong, the future of smooth jazz, and what it’s like being Dave Grohl’s godfather. Koz’s 20th studio […]

Smooth Talker: Dave Koz on New Album ‘A New Day’

October 7, 2020 by

(This is the first of a two-part exclusive interview with the smooth jazz icon.) 360°Sound caught up with multi-platinum contemporary jazz artist Dave Koz. The Grammy-nominated saxophonist will hit several milestones with his forthcoming LP A New Day (out Oct. 9). The 11-track album (the CD edition has a bonus track) comes out 30 years […]

Author talks new Pearl Jam book ‘Not For You’

October 6, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Ronen Givony, author of the new book Not For You: Pearl Jam and the Present Tense (out Oct. 15 on Bloomsbury). Givony is the founder of New York City’s Wordless Music series and orchestra, whose mission is to bring together the worlds of classical and contemporary instrumental music and introduce listeners to […]

25 Great Coffee Songs

October 1, 2020 by

Happy International Coffee Day! This special day was launched by the International Coffee Organization in 2015 at the World Expo in Milan, Italy. Every year since, countries from around the world have come together to “celebrate coffee and recognize the millions of people across the globe – from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners […]

Forget-Her-Not: A Tribute to Patrice Rushen

September 30, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Patrice Rushen! The incredibly talented singer/songwriter/producer turns 66 today. Best known for her string of R&B and dance hits in the late 70s and 80s, Rushen broke down barriers as one of the first women to write, arrange, produce and perform her own work. Although she is technically a one-hit wonder, as “Forget […]