Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bang Music

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...

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

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...

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

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...

Thursday, May. 22, 2014

In our inaugural Earwitness, I suggested that each column would have an interactive aspect in that each would come with its own soundtrack which you, the reader, would have playing in your head while reading.  So cool.  In that column the soundtrack was Pharrell’s...