Phone rings, door chimes, in comes COMPANY

Advertisements Or, we loooooooooooooooooooooove… (13 measures later) youuuuuuuu! Folks, you’ll be happy to hear your favorite lopsided Sondheim fan is branching out! Last weekend I got together with a group of strangers to sing through the (still unbelievably) now-late composer’s 1970 breakout hit Company. Let me tell you, spending seven hours tops on a difficultContinue reading “Phone rings, door chimes, in comes COMPANY”

Hang onto your ego…

Advertisements …but I know that you’re gonna lose the fight! So, remember when I started that podcast about Pet Sounds? Well, in the process of researching for it, I kept coming across articles that mentioned it or had something to do with it. Eventually I made a concerted effort to track down these and moreContinue reading “Hang onto your ego…”

A POD SOUNDS special!

Advertisements In which we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming This past week on the pod I got my act together (well, the timing was somewhat planned, as we just finished the album portion of season 2) and released an episode I’d recorded back in mid-December. With our first-ever guest. Who isn’t a blood relative! OnContinue reading “A POD SOUNDS special!”

Just saw FUNNY GIRL for the first time…

Advertisements Or, oy! …and it was weird, man. I’m gonna put all my thoughts in a list, because that’s the kind of time and energy I’ve got this week. Reminiscent of other musicals of the era in that the first act contained much more singing, and was much more lighthearted, than the second. But IContinue reading “Just saw FUNNY GIRL for the first time…”

POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!

Advertisements Hello all! I’m thrilled to announce the new season of Pod Sounds—complete with new artwork by @sarahnhixsonart! This time we’re covering Randy Newman’s 1977 album Little Criminals, on which my co-host Gil is the clear expert. First episode is up on all platforms. After the slight delay caused by unexpected events, it’s especially renewingContinue reading “POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!”

New List = new ep!

Advertisements In which I (and not only I) comment on a certain, famous, now revamped list A music lover’s work is never done, is it? After wrapping season 1 of Pod Sounds, I’d planned simply to map out and slowly but surely execute season 2. And then the New List dropped. That’s right, kids: RollingContinue reading “New List = new ep!”

An Update

Advertisements 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,Continue reading “An Update”

An exciting new project…

Advertisements 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 albumContinue reading “An exciting new project…”

Happy Birthday, Selena

Advertisements 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 inContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Selena”

The Wilsonian Institute

Advertisements In which some old, old feelings meet new context Maybe it was the gummi bears. When I sat down with a bag of Haribo Goldbären to Love & Mercy, the biopic covering (in)famous periods in the life of Brian Wilson and the career of The Beach Boys, I thought about how this piece ofContinue reading “The Wilsonian Institute”

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