If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)

You have to ask. If there’s something you want, you just have to ask. Wilco - the band - got paid not once, but two times (TWO!) for their breakout album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Both paychecks came because they had the nerve to ask.   The first time the band got paid was in the form … Continue reading If You Want Something, Ask (How Wilco Got Paid 2x For “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”)

Sunday Music: PUP’s “Habits”

I’m still working through PUP’s new album, THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, but I’m liking it more than I expected. Of my first “I want to hear that again” songs, is “Habits.” It’s a relationship bit, but it’s not. At least not the relationship you’re thinking of. If you’ve ever wrestled with something or had to … Continue reading Sunday Music: PUP’s “Habits”

Podcast Of The Week: You’re Never Going To Beat The Master (Rollins On Iggy)

I don’t know what brought me to this story on YouTube, but thank the algorithmic gods, what a story.  Henry Rollins is best known for his storytelling now. But, long ago, he was the frontman for Black Flag, and of course, The Rollins Band. He was famous for being an intense, sometimes menacing, punk rock … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: You’re Never Going To Beat The Master (Rollins On Iggy)

Sunday Music: Beavis, Butthead, And The Beasties

It’s 1993 and I’ve got my walkman loaded with The Beavis and Butthead Experience. I’m about 13, find the skits hysterical, and am already obsessed with music.  I’ve got the tape because every 90s kid of a certain age is endlessly imitating and quoting Beavis and Butthead. I’ve also got the tape because… would you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Beavis, Butthead, And The Beasties

Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Paul’s Boutique, if you don’t know, is the Beastie Boys’ second album and arguably the Sgt. Pepper’s of hip-hop. It’s what happens when you push all the envelopes, all the buttons on the studio gear, (and maybe put down the bottle and pick up the bong, allegedly).  The stories on its making are as epic … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

My brother said the song stopped everyone dead when it came on in the kitchen he works. At the mercy of shuffle mode, his Spotify-shuffle picked out “Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy” from the obscure Vandals album, The Vandals Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes. Understandably, nobody else had ever heard it, and the song … Continue reading Sunday Music: Play That Country Tuba, Cowboy

Who You Surround Yourself With Matters (A Lot. Just Ask The Sex Pistols)

Who you surround yourself with matters. A lot. It’s connected with the expression, “timing is everything” too. Because if you’re surrounded with people doing good (and potentially great) things, your odds of being in the right place at the right time goes up exponentially. One of my favorite examples/reminders is this recreation of a 1976 … Continue reading Who You Surround Yourself With Matters (A Lot. Just Ask The Sex Pistols)

Straight (Punk) Talk: Give Them Ramones’ Moments

You know the moment when you’re standing/sitting/drinking/philosophizing/dreaming with your friends and you say, “Hell, I can do that. I mean - we, seriously, can totally do this. Why not?” Rory Sutherland calls them “Ramones moments.” They’re the times we receive or give ourselves or give others permission to be exactly who they are. The Ramones … Continue reading Straight (Punk) Talk: Give Them Ramones’ Moments

Sunday Music: After The Funeral Music

Hey! Sundays are for music. As a music-maker working in a less-than-musically focused world, this is my way to connect what I’m doing, thinking, and feeling with my favorite mode of expression This week I’ve been listening to… Two too many deaths of people I loved in the past two weeks. Wherever this email finds … Continue reading Sunday Music: After The Funeral Music

Sunday Music: Misfits Halloween Among Us

Hey! Sundays are for music. As a music-maker working in a less-than-musically focused world, this is my way to connect what I’m doing, thinking, and feeling with my favorite mode of expression This week I’ve been listening to… October and Halloween mean one thing: Misfits songs. I used to have my kids read Misfits lyrics … Continue reading Sunday Music: Misfits Halloween Among Us