Sunday Music: Why Does Azealia Banks Still Hit So Hard

I remember having a 2012 conversation about how there was a noticeable lack of danger in pop music. I was ranting at the Billboard chart. I did a lot of ranting in those days (usually to myself, to be perfectly honest). My argument was centered around how you could see the edge people were willing … Continue reading Sunday Music: Why Does Azealia Banks Still Hit So Hard

Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 9/28/2023 Edition

How you gonna do it if you really won’t take a chance The YouTube/podcast parade continues -  We have a NEW episode of Breaking News up this morning, “Voldemort 2024! The Biden/Trump Rematch Nobody Wants.” We talk about the strategies political incumbents use to defend against newcomers, why this election will be the mud-slingingest yet, … Continue reading Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 9/28/2023 Edition

Sunday Music: The (Perfect) Un-Originality In Sublime’s “Caress Me Down”

I was in a conversation last week with someone who brought up how original and fresh 90s music was. I said it was refreshing, in the sense of how it was such an original act of musical collage, but it wasn’t in and of itself anything new.  They disagreed.  I got sublime.  Or more literally, … Continue reading Sunday Music: The (Perfect) Un-Originality In Sublime’s “Caress Me Down”

Podcast Of The Week: Questlove On Conan

Questlove has said for a while how Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend may have saved his life during the pandemic. Not only do I find that relatable, but seeing as Quest and Conan both factored heavily into my pandemic and post-pandemic not dying experience, I was so excited when this crossover episode appeared in my … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Questlove On Conan

Selena Gomez And Why The Slipstream Is The Place To Be

I have a theory that culture is so fragmented and detached we can’t even agree on who’s famous anymore. It’s a generational theory thing. If you’re building status for yourself or your company, OR if you’re just curious why you feel like you’re on an island all of the damn time, let’s talk about… Selena … Continue reading Selena Gomez And Why The Slipstream Is The Place To Be

Bowie On The Evolution Of Audience-Artist Relationships

In a 1999 BBC interview, David Bowie is asked if he’d be a musician if he was just starting out. Bowie explains why he wouldn’t. And he frames it within the context of the emerging impact of the internet.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our environment and how it evolves. Bowie, seeing … Continue reading Bowie On The Evolution Of Audience-Artist Relationships

Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin And Rory Sutherland

How many times have I talked about Rick Rubin? Click here. One of my favorite producers of all time. The guy knows how to LISTEN. What about Rory Sutherland? Click here. One of my favorite marketers. Modern David Ogilvy. And a source of so much behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology - I so adore him. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rick Rubin And Rory Sutherland

Sunday Music: The Weight

Forget figuring out the meaning of the song. The debates are unsolvable anyway. Spend a minute listening and just feeling it.  Keep the idea of weight in your head the whole time.  The tempo (the speed of the rhythm) is a forced, tired trot.  The shape of the melodies are conversational. You don’t even remember … Continue reading Sunday Music: The Weight