Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
Diffuser’s Top 25 Songs of 2017
We're counting down the best alternative rock and pop songs of the year, including tracks from Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleet Foxes and Spoon.
20 Years Ago: Paul Simon Previews ‘Songs From the Capeman’
It can be argued that Paul Simon put more effort into 'The Capeman' than any other project in his long career – he certainly put in more time.
15 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Reads the ‘Riot Act’
On the band's seventh studio album, Pearl Jam mixed melodic rockers with experimental sounds while dealing with tragedy.
In Defense of… R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’
For years, R.E.M. has been dragged through the M.U.D. over this pop hit. We defend the song's place in the band's rich catalog.
Up Where They Belong? How Rockers Transitioned to Adult Contemporary
The phrase “Adult Contemporary” might as well be an epithet to rock fans.
45 Years Ago: Lou Reed Becomes a Top 40 Star With ‘Transformer’
“If Bowie’s doing Lou, and if Lou’s doing Bowie, Lou’s still doing Lou.”
25 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Unplugs for ‘Good as I Been to You’
When the river runs dry, Bob Dylan retreats to the well.
45 Years Ago: Steely Dan Release First LP, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’
Donald Fagen didn’t think he had a voice – limited range, low power – that was worthy of fronting a rock ’n’ roll band, despite the encouragement of Steely Dan’s own members.
20 Years Ago: Flaming Lips Demand Listeners’ Involvement on ‘Zaireeka’
Were the Flaming Lips about to flame out? A confluence of events in the mid-’90s made it look like the Oklahoma psychedelic rockers might be done for.
Influence and Infamy: How the Sex Pistols Impacted the Future of Music
The Pistols are a singular influence on much of what came in their wake – fellow British punks, thrash, college rock, Britpop, glam metal and grunge.
50 Years Ago: ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine Prints Its First Issue
In 1967, rock ’n’ roll was flourishing, the hippie movement was happening and pop sensations had gone from being perceived as teen heartthrobs to experimental artists.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Make Their Television Debut
The Beatles’ first television appearance wasn’t the band’s big break, a star-making performance or anything like that. But it did help them sell a few more records.