Sunday, May 28, 2017

Earwitness

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...

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

If someone could apply an icepack to my forehead for a few minutes, that would be great.  I’m not sure what I’m feeling just now, about the state of music in our culture at this moment.  The state of our culture in general.  Just feeling slightly dizzy.

I think it’s in my nature to try to...

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016

SHOOT’s Earwitness author Lyle Greenfield has departed from the regular format of the column this month to bring you a special panel discussion with six music production executives. Organizing and moderating the panel, Lyle posed the following questions:

  • In this time of
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Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

Sunny, warm, dry in NYC as I write this.  Summer solstice a few days away—you feel what I’m hearing?  You hear what I’m feeling?  A certain kind of music that attaches itself to your hips, makes everybody a bobble-head.  Feet off the ground.  Eyes closed.  Arms floating.  That’s right. Nice....

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

4…3…2…1…Skip ad.  Click.  Gone!

I have questions.  Normally, I have answers—I’m your "Earwitness," for pop’s sake!  But I have questions.

Why would you NOT “Skip ad”?  You wanted to hear/watch Charlie Puth’s sweet...

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

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...

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

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...

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...