As longtime readers of my blog have probably noticed, I'm love all aspects of music -- making it, listening to it, reading about it, writing about it -- so it may come as little surprise that I've decided to take my interest in music to a new level by starting a label. It's called Hungry…Read more A New Venture
So the mistake I made the last time around was asking you to listen to an entire album. What was I thinking? That it was 1972? Ridiculous! You're a busy person. I'm a busy person. Busy-ish, anyway. And, really, who among us has forty-some odd minutes to listen to a bunch of songs loosely arranged…Read more New Song: Never Talk Back
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
I'm auditing a music business course this semester, and there was a longish assignment due earlier today along with a presentation. Here's what I came up with... Early in the semester, the professor, Mike Kelly, posted a short piece that Bob Lefsetz wrote about artists. It started by saying that an artist doesn’t give an…Read more By Way of a Business Plan
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?
With a little tweaking, Richard Marson's tell-all biography of the late John Nathan-Turner could easily replace its subtitle with that of Peter Hook's wonderful memoir on the Manchester club scene of the 1980s, The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, as its subject's tenure as producer of Doctor Who reads like a case study…Read more J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (review)