‘The Beatle-Making Prince of Pop’

In which I celebrate an essential queer Virgo Guys, gals, and nonbinary pals. May I introduce to you the one, the only, the Julius Caesar of his era—Brian Epstein. I’d originally planned this post for September because his birthday is the day before mine. After all, it’s high time the rest of you accepted thatContinue reading “‘The Beatle-Making Prince of Pop’”

Brunette on Blonde on Blonde

In which I record the stats So amidst all the Pet Sounds ballyhoo I forgot that I should also commemorate the 55th anniversary of the release of the album I literally just called my favorite of Dylan’s. Which happens to be today. Among other reasons (its sense of humor, its drum parts), it’s my favoriteContinue reading “Brunette on Blonde on Blonde”

An Update

In which I, um, update you Hey all. I’m low on energy this week tbh—Berlin is in the middle of a heat wave—so while I get other stuff together I thought I’d link you to the latest episode of the pod. Recording-wise, we’ve reached our halfway point, a couple weeks ahead of release schedule, andContinue reading “An Update”

Nothing Alike But Very Alike

In which I really might take this analysis business too far Okay friends. I was listening to music this week—as, you know, I do—and something occurred to me that I think has something to it. Either that or it will evidence an overstimulated brain whose sleep schedule this week has been erratic. Maybe the coffeeContinue reading “Nothing Alike But Very Alike”

Happy birthday, Bob!

In which I count a love minus zero On Monday the greatest lyrical poet of his generation turned 80. I’m going to eschew songwriter, although (or perhaps because) plenty call him that unhesitatingly—many artists of that generation, male and female, produced songs and/or albums that could justify their bid for the title. But his masteryContinue reading “Happy birthday, Bob!”

Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great

In which I say goodbye to Hollywood Today marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Billy Joel’s fourth studio album. This boils down to convenience; it simply gives me a chronological excuse to talk about something I’ve wanted to talk about for some time now. Mostly because I never hear anyone else doing it.Continue reading “Why TURNSTILES Made Billy Joel Great”

An exciting new project…

In which I unveil another (ad)venture It’s been a little while in the works—really just a couple months—and now I get to announce that I am one-half of a brand-new podcast! (Possibly the only podcast dedicated solely to The Beach Boys??) In this limited series the Connecticut Half-Wit and I dissect the classic album PetContinue reading “An exciting new project…”

5 Times I Related Way Too Hard to Elton John’s ME

In which I say “oh God same” *CW: addiction* Last weekend I listened to Elton John’s recent autobiography on Audible, read in alternating chapters by the man himself and Taron Egerton, who played him in Rocketman. And let me tell you: you do not need to have had a sixteen-year cocaine habit to find atContinue reading “5 Times I Related Way Too Hard to Elton John’s ME”

6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow”

In which I do not exactly go off the deep end So I rewatched the latest iteration of A Star is Born, mostly because I had bought it on iTunes in order to watch it the first time and wanted to get my money’s worth. To my pleasant surprise, I took a greater liking toContinue reading “6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow””

Happy Birthday, Selena

In which I reflect on a life I learned a lot about just in time CW: gun violence This is just to say that Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the intersectional voice of an underrepresented generation, would have turned fifty years old today. While, as the “Queen of Tejano Music,” she might not be thought of in theContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Selena”