Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bang Music

Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

Not sure it makes sense to say that I “ran into” my colleague from back in the day on YouTube, but that’s sort of how it happened.  Bob Power was an engineer, producer, musician and composer, often working out of Calliope studios in Midtown, which was Bang’s “crash pad” in the early 90s.  That’s...

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

I was flailing a bit, trying to figure out what the next column might be about when my partner Brian suggested, “How about Kidz Bop?”  To which I replied, “What the hell is Kidz Bop?”  “Look it up,” he deadpanned.  Brian has two beautiful little girls, ages 5 and 9.

So, turns out that...

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

As the world knows, I’m a liberal.  Social and fiscal.  So, for like-minded citizens these are not easy times.  You’ve seen me talking to myself on the street, in the subway.  Don’t be concerned—I’ll be fine.  Just wanted to establish the context. From the immigration ban to defunding Planned...

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Late last summer I had the great pleasure of seeing the premiere of the documentary “Score,” written and directed by Matt Schrader
 

It’s a wholly...

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

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,...

Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

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...

Thursday, Aug. 13, 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...

Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2015

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...

Wednesday, May. 13, 2015

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. ...

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

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...