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5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 6

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 00:00
Contemporary a-cappella hits its maximum theoretical level, harmonic less is suddenly harmonic more (and vice-versa), and OH GOD THE FLAMES!!!!! [Sing-Off and other a-cappella-related postings are...
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5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 5

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 13:44
Everyone's gone to the movies; now we're top 4 at laaaaaaaaaaaast.[Sing-Off and other a-cappella-related postings are simul-blogged at the Contemporary A Cappella Society and 5th Judge.] I'm writing...

5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 4

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 23:50
In the land of the jazz-less, the four-note cluster is king. [Sing-Off and other a-cappella-related postings are simul-blogged at the Contemporary A Cappella Society and 5th Judge.] The episode (full...

5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 3

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:39
Gospel goes polka, humility leads to boredom, and the Dark Side of the Battle is revealed. [Sing-Off and other a-cappella-related postings are simul-blogged at CASA.org and 5th Judge.] This is the...

5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 2

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:14
Wherein the judges' advice is ignored, taken too seriously, and then ignored again.Reflecting on the season premiere, I can't recall a men's college group (in this case the Princeton Footnotes) being...

5th Judge: The Sing-Off Season 4, Episode 1, hr 1

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:09
The World Series of contemporary a-cappella returns, leaner, meaner, and Jewel-ier.So here we are again, bless NBC's and Mark Burnett's hearts, with another season of the original American edition of...

5th Judge: Chanticleer’s "Someone New" As A Lens For Knowing Your Limits

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 13:07
What a genre-crossing album can teach us about doing (or not doing) what we do best. As a long-time ICCA judge and short-time music-on-TV blogger, I’m always entertained when someone or something...

Recording Review: "The Shadow Aspect" by The Cornell Chordials

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:32
The Cornell Chordials are one of the rare collegiate groups that has a distinctive sound. They are known for being more than just a little eccentric and have released some of the most creative and...

Recording Review: Arora's "Bioluminescence"

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 10:14
I have a confession to make: I procrastinated writing this album review until the eleventh hour. I’ve been listening to Bioluminescence (2013 A Cappella Community Award for Best Professional Album)...

Recording Review: Northwestern Undertones' "Rock Paper Shotgun"

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 10:34
It's funny how things play out. I've been thinking a lot about pure vocal sounds versus imitative instrumental vocal sounds as well as live versus produced a cappella lately. Then, the Northwestern...