March 2, 2019

I pass judgement on other people's music, so I guess it's only right I should share mine. 

In 1985, I when I moved to Albany, New York to go to grad school. I worked at a high-end ice cream parlor where I scooped cones and made flavors like Raspberry Truffle and Moonshi...

December 17, 2018

1. I am not going to talk any more about patenting my idea to have windshield wipers

automatically sync to the beat of the music on car stereos. It’s a great idea. But there’s just too much paperwork involved. And the lawyers at work won’t even help me. Also, even thou...

November 7, 2018

In seven body-rocking minutes, this video recasts Samuel Beckett's brilliant Waiting for Godot as the story of two down-and-out hype-men who are stuck on stage awaiting the arrival of their vaunted MC. It stars Yohance Barton and James Maloney, two Brooklyn-based talen...

October 12, 2018

While Kanye West was playing court jester in the Oval Office last Thursday, bragging about having an IQ in the 98th percentile and revealing that wearing a Make America Great Again cap made him “feel like Superman,” Sylvie Simmons, author of “I’m Your Man: The Life of...

August 28, 2018

IT'S SHAPING up to be an interesting fall book-wise for your intrepid blogger, so I'm going to over-share.

Metaphysical Graffiti got a tremendous review recently in the British press. Actually, “tremendous” may not do it justice. Here’s the beginning:


August 15, 2018

By Seth Kaufman 

Summary of Wokeness Policy Benefits and Coverage


WIA policies are open to any and all woke, woke-deficient, woke-aspiring and woke-transitioning Americans regardless of age, gender, or hours spent watching Fox News. WIA does reserve the rig...

July 5, 2018

Mild-mannered lawyer and music obsessive Dave Rawson has been ranking singles and albums for 42 years. Now he shares the methods behind the madness.

I first met Dave Rawson when we were both DJs at WHRW in Binghamton, N.Y. in the early ‘80s. We shared an affinity for Ne...

June 28, 2018


When a friend of a friend told me his mom had dropped acid with Steely Dan mastermind Donald Fagen when they were freshman at Bard College, I had to ask: “Can I interview her?” Fortunately, the answer was yes. He...

June 28, 2018

I am beyond thrilled. I just got my copy of Metaphysical Graffiti. It looks fantastic. I've published six books over the last six years and this might be my favorite cover. The photo, the colorization, the  design. It's really the kind of status item that any one would...

April 30, 2018

“If you want to know where music is going, ask an 11-year-old.”

The above sentence, the closing line in the introductory essay of the NY Times Magazine’s recent music issue, is one of the more over-blown claims in music criticism —  a genre with a long history of hype a...

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