Just a quick post to say that I've published a new book. It's called Tired of California: The Beach Boys' Holland Revisited. Its main focus is a somewhat obscure Beach Boys album called Holland, which was recorded in the Netherlands. The book examines the band's attempts at re-branding itself as hip, funky, and socially-conscious in…Read more Tired of California
As I put the finishing touches on my new album, I'm quite pleased to share the following essay I wrote for Musical U: From Prose to Indie Rock: How a Writer Embraced His Musicality. (I'm the writer in question, by the way!)
If you're at all like me, you spent a good hour or so yesterday trying to follow Donald Trump's rambling press conference. While we can certainly debate the merits or lack thereof of his arguments against the media and his own assessment of his first month in office, one thing that struck me as I…Read more Donald Trump and Kurt Vonnegut’s Man in the Hole Narrative
As you may have noticed, my last few blog posts have included music attributed to M. Zapatero. It's a name I've been thinking about using for a dozen years or so, ever since I found out that Zapatero is (more or less) Spanish for Schuster. I like the name for several reasons, one of which…Read more Wherefore M. Zapatero?