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Monday, Jul. 13, 2015
Sound Like A Blockbuster?
We all know the importance of music—the soundtrack—in moving a moving picture on every emotional level. How do we know this? Because I’ve said it at least a hundred times and I would never lie to you (except about how you look in those shoes). When music and picture are literally and artfully...
Friday, Jun. 26, 2015
Motion Picture Academy Extends Membership Invites To 322 Artists and Execs
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s...
Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015
Soul Searching
Music lovers of a certain age, or devotees of a certain era, may find themselves occasionally longing for the soulful voices of the past. Voices you don’t hear on “The Voice”. It’s generally held that soul music is rooted in the gospel and blues of the African-American experience. That its origins...
Monday, May. 18, 2015
Women Directors Making Some Inroads In TV
When writer-producer Marti Noxon, "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn and a studio executive met with a potential star for the upcoming TV adaptation of another Flynn novel, the actress was struck by something unusual. "I don't think I've ever had a meeting with all women," Noxon recalled the actress...
Wednesday, May. 13, 2015
The AMP Awards—Breaking Sound Barriers
It’s a little tricky reviewing an event that you were the host of—so let me just get it out of the way right now: The 3rd annual AMP Awards for Music and Sound at City Winery/NYC last week was awesome. Better than the first or second by far. Packed house. Deserving winners. Smart words from...
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
Got To Give It Up
The very first time I heard “Blurred Lines,” performed by Robin Thicke with Pharrell and TI—all three credited with writing the song—I thought, “Sounds like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’—awesome!” So it was no surprise to me when, after a year-plus legal battle featuring suits and counter-suits...
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The Conflation Situation
Usually the day after the Grammys broadcast, folks gather round the water cooler—or, in the case of my workplace, the bourbon counter—and rip into the winners, performers and presenters. So much fun! But this year there were unforseen obstacles to this happy tribal ritual. The snow storm that...
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Earwitness: Star Tracking--Kitti OS Speaks Out
LG: What an exciting time for you. “Love Your Bottom” just went to Number One on America's Hot 100! KOS: I know, right? It’s what I’ve dreamed of my whole life. Boo hoo, Taylor! LG: “Bottom” is not only number one in the U.S., but in Japan, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Liechtenstein. KOS: Yay!...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Earwitness: The Sound Of Healing
In recent Earwitness columns I’ve discussed important trends and noteworthy moments in the music of popular culture, from Nikki Minaj’s booty to Meghan Trainor’s “junk” to Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” Hey, I’m just glad to help. But we are fully immersed in “the holiday season...
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Earwitness: "Cue The Sleigh Bells"
As you know I have spent a lifetime searching for the sonic bond shared by all mankind through the music of popular culture. My own private Interstellar of sound. Imagine the years squandered in this endeavor I can never reclaim. (Thank you for your kind thoughts.) What has made this ‘shared’ bond...