Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Friday January 6, 2017 17:17

ARR50!

Hard to believe the man is 50 today! Just seems like yesterday when, in Salem, I forced a cassette shop owner to cut short his lunch break, call the supplier and sell me the cassette tape of Kadhalan that was released the day before. And reading in Dinamani Kadhir, Dinamani’s supplement, that Mani Ratnam had […]

UPDATE: January 4, 2017 – Chennai Times announces Darbuka Siva as the composer of Enai Noki Paayum Thota! Original post: In the heavily marketing-dominated world of cinema, I do not recall an instance when a filmmaker withheld credit for any department just to increase intrigue/interest. After all, every name worth marketing could be—and should be—used […]

George Michael was the first international music artist that I consciously followed, idolized and loved. The kind of love that led me to collect every single song of his, including his obscure singles that very few people would have heard. My cousin sister introduced me to George Michael and I hold her in high esteem […]

Helped me articulate many things on music, my music listening preferences and habits, music reviewing and social media.

Thursday July 21, 2016 20:21

11 years of Milliblog!

I was at the neighborhood barber shop two weeks ago. For some historical reason that I’m not aware of, every single barber shop in Bangalore is run by people who speak Telugu. So, as usual, the shop was filled with glorious 80s and 90s Telugu film songs. I usually Shazam/SoundHound everything I hear and the […]

After a long time, I was glued to 105 minutes of a video on YouTube. It was Bosskey’s interview with SP Balasubrahmanyam and to be honest, I stumbled on it very late (since it was released in May 2016) only after I heard some comments about how SPB referred to Santhosh Narayanan in a not-so-good […]

The last time I did this list, it was in 2014 (and in 2008, before that). It’s time there’s another list like this. Except Hindi film music, where multi-composer albums are almost the norm these days, the other 4 major film producing languages that I track consistently (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada) are, thankfully, sticking […]

Monday May 23, 2016 10:14

Raja XL

(Ilayaraja’s first film as composer, Annakkili, released on May 14, 1976. That completes 40 years of relentless and glorious music making from the man, and some more, as he is still active and present. As a (music) technically inept listener and music fan, I can’t help but take this milestone as an opportunity to share […]

Yes, for the last time. In the last 30 days, I have heard and argued with at least 3 different people (who do not know each other) about how the Garden Vareli TVC jingle was not composed by A.R.Rahman. They were 100% sure it was by Rahman! A simple Google search (See this, and this!) […]

(I had written this on Milliblog’s Facebook page and realized, by the 30+ mails I got, that they preferred it in the blog too, away from Facebook’s walled garden. Here it is, as a result, though you should perhaps head to the Facebook page post for comments on this piece, including those from Karki Bava). […]

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