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Garth Brooks At The Forum

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday Actually, it was sometime after eleven. Garth Brooks could be the biggest act in America. But in today’s siloed world where everything exists in its own niche, you can be unaware of this. Until you go to a show. Tickets are eighty bucks. And Garth keeps adding shows until […]

John Heard

People have got to stop dying. I know, I know, it’s the way of the world. But when you age, when the people you came up with start to die, it leaves you lost in a way that is not depicted in the news, it reinforces that everything is temporary, that most of the games […]


This show went from five stars to two and a half while we were watching it. But I can’t turn it off. I don’t know what’s going on anymore. I’m sitting on the crapper reading my phone and freaking out. The ruling party in Poland is taking over the Supreme Court and the Palestinians want […]

The Room Where It Happens

Those people you hate, you’d like in real life. David Brooks is a right-leaning columnist for the “New York Times.” But recently his columns have focused on social more than political science. He digs down deep into the archives of history to make points about today. That’s a result of his education at the University […]

TheFatRat Responds

From: Christian Buettner Subject: TheFatRat – more info Hi Bob, Thank you so much for your write up and for showing interest in my project! So here is more information about what I’ve done and how it happened. I wish I could say it was all a clever, perfectly laid out plan from start to […]

Why Isn’t Fran Lebowitz A Bigger Star?

Is it because she’s a woman? Because she’s gay? Because she’s a New Yorker? Because she doesn’t have a manager? Because she is an intellectual? She KILLS every time she’s on TV, she has a rapier wit and a confidence nonpareil, aren’t those the elements of stardom? Maybe she missed her chance. She was hyped […]

Gold Dust Woman…Classic West-Day Two

Well did she make you cry Make you break down Shatter your illusions of love Fleetwood Mac was a band that was always around, kinda like Savoy Brown, although that latter ever-changing outfit ultimately evolved into Foghat and perfected boogie rock and doesn’t get enough respect for it. And to be honest, to see Peter […]

The Classic-Day One

They came for the Eagles. And they were not disappointed. “We used to have festivals like this in the sixties… Now we are sixty!” Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers They opened. To a half-full stadium. No one can get anywhere on time in Los Angeles, and they don’t seem to believe anything will start […]

They Follow The Data

Data killed smooth jazz radio. When Arbitron employed Portable People Meters, when they could track what people were truly listening to on the radio, it turned out the filled-out diaries were wrong. People lied about what they were listening to. And once it turned out they weren’t listening to smooth jazz radio as much as […]

Kid Rock For Senate

That’s what I don’t get about the libtards, THEY TAKE THE BAIT! Kid Rock is not playing to you, he doesn’t care about you, and neither does his audience. You’ve got your knickers in a twist, saying the country’s going to hell in a handbasket, you’re denigrating Rock’s looks, age and music and he’s laughing […]

The Defiant Ones-Episode Four

It’s not about the money… It’s about the money. That’s a music business aphorism. For those who didn’t go to college, that means, according to the Oxford Dictionary, built into my Mac, “a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.'” You don’t have to go to […]

Jack Tempchin At The Grammy Museum

There weren’t that many people who were in the room where it happened. And in time these stories are gonna disappear. And we want to hear them. You see once upon a time life was boring. And the way you dealt with that was to go out. Now it’s nearly impossible to get someone to […]

How Hip-Hop Conquered America-Chapter One

Frequency of product, oftentimes FREE! Whilst the oldsters were bitching about the moving of their cheese, the demise of the old paradigm, hip-hop slid in to fill the void, utilizing the new tools to exploit the new world, while the rockers and country denizens were still worrying about the radio the rappers knew it was […]

Rock Fans Have To Stream

I’m looking at the half year BuzzAngle report where the rock format is #1 in both Album Sales, with 14.3%, and also #1 in Physical and Vinyl, and #2 in Digital Alum Sales and #1 in Song Sales, but when it comes to Audio Streams…it’s dwarfed by Hip-Hop/Rap, which has 24.4% to rock’s 6.9%. Even […]

The Defiant Ones-Episode Three

The internet killed the music business. That’s right, it wasn’t only about recording revenues, it was about UBIQUITY! Walk into an exec’s office in the nineties and MTV was on. That’s what broke Dre big, rap too, sure Jimmy got Snoop and Dre on the cover of “Rolling Stone,” but even though that rag is […]

The Defiant Ones-Episode Two

There were billboards on Sunset Boulevard. It’s hard to fathom the music business, it’s hard to fathom Los Angeles, if you weren’t there in the seventies. The dream had died, Nixon was elected, Tom Wolfe named it the “Me Decade” and at the advent of the next decade Reagan legitimized greed, the boomers grew up, […]

The Defiant Ones-Episode One

The first ten minutes is the best advertisement for the music business this decade. There’s been too much focus on the negative for this entire century. And it’s all about the decline in revenue of recorded music. There’s industry infighting, bitching about streaming, hosannas about vinyl, meanwhile the public doesn’t care. It’s a struggle out […]


Luke is eight. I love talking to the little kids. They answer you honestly, they miss the nuance, they’re fountains of information presented unfiltered and when Luke told me he was listening to TheFatRat I had no idea what he was talking about. He immediately told me he’d found him on his favorite YouTube channel, […]

If You Still Want My Love

If You Still Want My Love – Spotify What kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where the new Cheap Trick song is a smash, a complete return to form, proving the band’s still got it when we gave up hope decades ago and have considered them an oldies act ever since? […]

The Force

It was a throwaway line, in a story about Jimmy Iovine. And then my inbox blew up. We’re led to believe that hype equals success, if the story’s in the news, all over the internet, then you’ve made it, but frequently that is not true, not only are so many of today’s stars turntable hits, […]

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