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

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“Never Talk Back” Video

Here it is, the video I was working on a few weeks ago. Some parts remind me of A Hard Day's Night. Others remind me of Twin Peaks: The Return. There's actually a pretty strong woodsmen vibe throughout... Big thanks to everyone involved in shooting and editing this project!  

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”

Track-by-Track: “Sweet Chocolate Jesus”

I was a little worried that some listeners might find this track offensive, much as fans found John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" comment offensive in 1966. Fortunately for me, my fan base isn't quite as large as that of the Beatles, so the backlash against this song, should there be any, won't be that…Read more Track-by-Track: “Sweet Chocolate Jesus”

The Accidental Guitar

I ordered a guitar from eBay the other day, but the guitar that arrived at my door wasn't the guitar advertised. I'm thinking, though, that the guitar I ended up getting might be better than the one I ordered. The guitar I ordered was a 6-string Rickenbacker copy made by a company called Cozart, but…Read more The Accidental Guitar

Gorshinmania!

On this, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, I thought I'd share a comedy sketch that I wrote for The Madhouse Theater Company, and which they performed last month at Montgomery County Community College. (Frank Gorshin, in case you're wondering, was an impressionist who appeared on the Ed Sullivan…Read more Gorshinmania!