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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Grammys—Bigger Than Humongous!
As Taylor Swift famously clarified, a hater’s gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. So let’s talk about the 2016 Grammy Awards with Valentine-love in our hearts, and just a pinch of WTF!? to keep it real! But first, a commercial break. In the form of Gwen Stefani’s (and Target’s) “live” video for her...
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Rebel Rebel: Reflections on David Bowie
I don’t pretend to be versed in the complete body of musical and visual works of David Bowie, the seminal artist whom the Universe lost to cancer a few days ago. Yet, like millions of my fellow humans, I was stunned and saddend by the news of his death. When some one, or thing, has made an...
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Peace On Earth. No, Seriously
Peace On Earth. No, seriously… As you well know, normally at this time of year I can be found hanging out in the mall, mouthing the words to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”, or Wham’s “Last Christmas,” unashamed of how ridiculous I must look, a grown man in his ugly sweater, searching...
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Super Bowl Halftime Applications
There’s been a great deal of speculation about who will perform at the halftime show for Super Bowl 50 (or, as we say in ancient Rome, Super Bowl L). I mean, the Big Five-O…gotta be BIGGERBETTER than ever, right? Billboard reported in September that Bruno Mars had been asked to “curate” the show,...
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
Inspirational Agency Leader Pat Fallon Dies At 70
Minneapolis-based ad man Pat Fallon, whose upstart firm once led campaigns for luxury automakers BMW and Porsche, has died at age 70, his company said. Fallon, a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, died Friday with his family at his side, according to the Fallon agency he co-founded. Fallon...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Downtown. Everybody. Now!
The world is getting harder. My psyche, fried. Nightmares accelerating. Politics like wrecks on the Freeway every quarter mile. Another suicide bombing/shooting? In a school/mosque? An outbreak of what? Where is that country? But what about Timmy’s erectile dysfunction…and getting the cat hair off...
Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015
Voice Of A (Niche) Generation
As we sat around the Labor Day bonfire, draining bottles and discussing the amazing meal of animal parts I had just grilled, the subject of popular music came up (yes, music, not Trump). My good friend Liam Sullivan, musician and author of “Making The Scene: Nashville – How To Live, Network and...
Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015
"Black Mass," "Freeheld," "Trumbo," "Demolition," "Where to Invade Next" Among Movies In Toronto Fest Lineup
Hank Williams, Dan Rather and Lance Armstrong: The fictional guest list to the 40th Toronto International Film Festival is a curious group. As the largest launching pad to the fall movie season, the Toronto Film Festival is a regular home to the biopics and other true-life tales that usually...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Earworm Festival 2015
When I first learned that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Alan Gilbert, would be presenting an orchestral celebration of the earworm on September 6th in Central Park I swooned in ecstacy. As a life-long proponent of “hooks” and sticky melodies I felt vindicated...
Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2015
Charter Deal For Time Warner Cable Gains Support From Netflix
Netflix, a vocal opponent of Comcast's failed bid for Time Warner Cable, supports Charter's quest to do the same in a deal that would create another cable giant. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday, the online video company said it supports the deal because Charter says...