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: Remembering The Monkee With The Hat

As a proud member of the 1980s Nick at Nite generation, I’m no stranger to The Monkees (via all those glorious reruns). Michael Nesmith, aka the one with the hat, passed away this week. I’ve revisited the band and the TV show on more than one occasion (see this prior Monkees post here). They’re a … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering The Monkee With The Hat

You Can’t Always Get What You (Don’t) Want

Sometimes a person can get really hung up on not getting what they want. You try, work, grind, and… peanuts. As the song goes, You can’t always get what you wantBut if you try sometimes, well you just might find,You get what you needThe Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” But what … Continue reading You Can’t Always Get What You (Don’t) Want

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: Get Me Out Of Here (Nightime)

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… Big Star doesn’t come up a lot in conversation, but when they do, I get all sorts … Continue reading Sunday Music: Get Me Out Of Here (Nightime)

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

Sunday Music: Bullion And ‘96 Feels

I’ve been going through boxes (and milk crates, and plastic bins, and…) of old CDs. Since I apparently don’t own a CD player outside of my car, I’ve been digging up whatever I can up online, and whatever I can’t, well, don’t get me started (but if you get in my car you will be … Continue reading Sunday Music: Bullion And ‘96 Feels