MCCC on the Air Interview

Huge thanks to Michele Cuomo for interviewing me on Montgomery County Community College on the Air! In this interview, I talk about music, teaching, writing, the Beatles' White Album, my new book about the Beach Boys, and my good friend Tom Powers. I also share a demo of asong I've been working on, "Someday Soon."…Read more MCCC on the Air Interview

Album Review: Drawing from Memory by Scot Sax

There’s a reason Scot Sax is releasing his latest album on vinyl (and CD), and it’s not just that the medium is hip and cool these days. As a recording artist, Sax has been releasing a steady stream of tunes ranging from glam to funk to country and everything in between in one digital format…Read more Album Review: Drawing from Memory by Scot Sax

The Paul Sanwald Quartet

My brother-in-law Paul Sanwald is an amazing musician and composer. His new album, The Paul Sanwald Quartet, has a great jazz vibe that's equal parts melodic and rhythmic. Give it a listen below. If you like it, buy it as a download or on Vinyl. And if you're in San Francisco, pick up a copy…Read more The Paul Sanwald Quartet

No Any Walls: Heavy on Earth (Music Review)

Imagine, if you will, a faded photo of an old barn or of the rusted corrugated iron shell of an abandoned mill or factory. Now imagine that photograph can sing. That's what listening to Heavy on Earth, the new EP from No Any Walls, is like. The music is recorded with a lo-fidelity vibe that…Read more No Any Walls: Heavy on Earth (Music Review)

The Dukenfields: Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid

First, a bit of trivia: Dukenfield was the surname of Philly-area-born showbiz legend WC Fields -- and that's where Philly-area rockers the Dukenfields got their name. The songs on their latest EP, Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid have a strong, tight post-grunge 90s sound that calls to mind the Gin Blossoms and Huffamoose with…Read more The Dukenfields: Old Pal, Old Sock, Old Kid

Review: Thompson Crowley – In Tongues EP

When I loaded Thompson Crowley's In Tongues EP into iTunes, I got a message that said "Unknown Genre." Fair enough, I suppose, as Crowley's music defies easy categorization the same way most great recordings do. One of the big touchstones I'm hearing is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, itself an album that's…Read more Review: Thompson Crowley – In Tongues EP

Track-by-Track: “Spooky Spongecake”

Like other tracks on Thank You for Holding, "Spooky Spongecake" has a longer history than one might expect. I originally released a different version of this track as simply "Spongecake" about a year ago (and have since made it unavailable for reasons I'll explain in a moment.) Here's what I had to say about the…Read more Track-by-Track: “Spooky Spongecake”