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...

April 22, 2018

The 10 Greatest "Greatest Hits" list compiled and released by The Blog of Rock last week was the victim of a heinous data hack.

In a diabolical data corruption plot worthy of Cambridge Analytica or Facebook, a programmer who helped develop the A.I. program used to deter...

April 17, 2018


To: Jared

Subject: HBO Pay Per View Special Proposal


I have reviewed the attached proposal. If you were just another well-heeled client — and that is NOT an allusion to those rumors you wear lifts in your shoes to appear taller th...

April 16, 2018

This kind of list is rarely attempted — with good reason. It requires an encyclopedic body of knowledge, a lot of time to waste, a tremendous hubris, delusions

April 11, 2018

EVERYONE who’s anyone in New York or D.C. is hiring a personal lawyer — it's all the rage, like a really, really expensive fidget spinner for people with questionable judgment. Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen currently has at least two legal eagles trying to keep h...

April 9, 2018

Over the last month I’ve visited two music-related museum exhibitions, the mega-hyped David Bowie“show” at the Brooklyn Museum, and the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona, Queens, which has been open for decades and has been criminally ignored, at least by me.  

I really...

April 6, 2018

The new Air Guitar Center at the mall has a fifty-foot wall lined with 200 air guitars, with a placard identifying the name, model and year of each riff machine. There are two air guitar techs—one named Buzz and the other named Wire—who are on hand to discuss anything...

April 3, 2018

“Acting like he was bending over and picking up a handkerchief off the ground was his signature dance move.”  — Retired federal prosecutor Lillian McEwen discussing former beau and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. NY Post, April 17, 2016

“Signature dance move? Cla...

April 1, 2018

“They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly

got a call from Freddie, saying, ‘Miami, dear… You’ve got to get me out of here. I’m recording with a llama… I’ve had enough and I want to get out.” —Rock band manager Jim ‘Miami’ Beach on the collaboration between F...

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