Articles by David Hopper

The Audiophile Man on Why the CD “Ain’t Dead Yet”

December 27, 2020 by

British hi-fi journalist Paul Rigby, aka “The Audiophile Man,” recently posted an insightful video on his YouTube channel about CD players. The video includes recommendations of CD players at various price points. You may be wondering, “Why should I bother with a CD player when disc sales have been declining for years and streaming and […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 2000

December 23, 2020 by

Cue LaBamba voice from Late Night with Conan O’Brien: “In the year two thousand, in the year two thousaaaaaaaaand!” In the year 2000, amid the Napster lawsuits, release of The Beatles’ 1 comp, and Santana’s nine-Grammy haul for Supernatural, there was no shortage of one-hit wonders. Over 30 artists notched their one and only hit […]

Author Talk: 1984 – Pop Music’s Greatest Year

December 12, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with author Michelangelo Matos about his new book Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year (out now on Hachette Books). Matos has written about music for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, GQ and Vice. Can’t Slow Down is his third book. He also wrote The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music […]

Hayley Sales on new tune “It Can’t Be Christmas Without You Here”

December 7, 2020 by

Singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Sales, who spoke with 360°Sound about her music in October, has returned to talk about her new Christmas recordings. Last month, she released her first original holiday composition, “It Can’t Be Christmas Without You Here,” as well as her take on the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Beginning in mid-December, Sales will […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1990

December 3, 2020 by

If you’re just joining us, it’s 1990. This is not a bad thing because, as Vanilla Ice reminded us last summer, there was no coronavirus in the ’90s. (At this point, you may want to go back and get caught up on the one-hitters from 1960, 1970, and 1980.) As with the one-hitters of 1970 […]

The Powell Brothers release “The Christmas Song” single

December 3, 2020 by

Texas country trio The Powell Brothers have released a recording and music video of the holiday classic “The Christmas Song.” 360°Sound interviewed singer/guitarist Taylor Powell and bassist/guitarist Blake Powell in August. [Click here to read the Q&A]. Formed in 2014, The Powell Brothers have released one full-length album and three EPs. Their rockin’ single “How […]

Author Talk: New book on NIN’s ‘The Downward Spiral’

December 1, 2020 by

London-based writer Adam Steiner spoke with 360°Sound about his book Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral (out now on Backbeat Books). Into The Never is Steiner’s second book. He also wrote the novel Politics of the Asylum (Urbane Publications). Released in 1994, The Downward Spiral is the second […]

Puma Blue on debut LP ‘In Praise of Shadows’

November 30, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Allen, aka Puma Blue. Allen’s first full-length album, In Praise of Shadows, arrives Feb. 5 on the London indie label Blue Flowers. Two singles, “Velvet Leaves” and “Opiate,” as well as B-side “Snowflower,” were released this fall. The 25-year-old London native first attracted attention in 2014 when […]

Threefer Thanksgiving: Dr. Feelgood

November 29, 2020 by

Not to be confused with the Mötley Crüe hit, Dr. Feelgood were one of the greatest and most popular acts from the UK’s pub rock scene in the ‘70s. Pub rock was essentially back-to-basics roots music that stood in stark contrast to the popular glam and prog rock of the time. A forerunner to punk […]

Author Talk – Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s

November 28, 2020 by

In this 360°Sound exclusive, music historian, memorabilia dealer, and former music executive Jeff Gold discusses his new coffee-table book Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s (out now on Harper Design). The 256-page book consists of over 200 rare souvenir photos and memorabilia from American jazz clubs like Village Vanguard, Cotton Club, and […]