Posts Tagged ‘music


Sam Sparro is More Fun than Rufus, and Free on iTunes

I’m reposting this May 7th post, because this track, Black and Gold, is now available for free on iTunes. You heard about it here first, so now go get it before it’s gone. Continue reading ‘Sam Sparro is More Fun than Rufus, and Free on iTunes’


The Lovesick Questions, Lisa Nupoff, A&R

This is the first friend I made in Los Angeles, Lisa Nupoff. She is one of my best friends ever, and was my best woman when Sam and I were married. She has been there, and done that, and offers loving honesty and hard questions and answers when others turn into fainting goats. She is a steadfast friend and ally. She is a living, breathing study in making dreams come true, and I adore her. She also happens to be a talented business woman with a keen eye, and ear, for talent. I am thrilled she is answering the Lovesick questions.

1. If you could have sex with anyone from all of history, just once, whom would it be? Continue reading ‘The Lovesick Questions, Lisa Nupoff, A&R’


Hot Video: Princess Superstar. Perfect.

click above for the video, below for the Swiss Ball

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Princess Superstar, gorgeous, thirtysomething, Jewish, American rapper and absolute sexpot (bio). The photo above links to her video for Perfect (Exceeder). The song is one of many of hers available on iTunes. Continue reading ‘Hot Video: Princess Superstar. Perfect.’


Listen to more country music and find more peace.

Josh TurnerCountry music has always appealed to me, but I swear it’s become some of the cleverest writing I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a welcome respite from my usual fare: Muse, Radiohead, The Killers, Secret Machines, Rufus Wainwright, and all of their high concept thoughts and psychoromantic ruminations.

I double dog dare you to listen a while and not think of your family, your love, puppies, and the whimsical things in life that some of us left behind with our childhood.

Ramble down an old dirt road, hang your preconceived notions at the door – and give it longer than five minutes. It might take a while, but it’s worth the trip.

Here are a few of my favorites, and I’ve included the YouTube links, because country music is a whole lot sexier than it used to be. You’ll appreciate the “full experience”.

Josh Turner – Firecracker

Gary Allan – Watching Airplanes

Brad Paisley – Letter to Me

James Otto – Just Got Started Lovin’ You

Rascal Flatts – I Melt

Clay Walker – Fall

This is a good start. The really beautiful thing about country music is a built-in predictability that lets you hear the first verse and chorus, and feel like you know the song, so you’re involved. At very least you’ll be able to predict some of the rhymes, and the songs have more hooks than a tacklebox.


Music Review: Siouxsie Sioux, Mantaray

As a child of the 80’s, I approach any new recordings by 80’s artists with extreme caution. These people informed my musical taste, and they are iconic, if only in my mind, and I’d like to keep it that way. So, when I found Siouxsie’s Mantaray, and my friend Jonathan sent it to me, I was excited but worried. I’m not a die hard fan, but I still don’t want her embarrassing herself. Well, there’s no chance of that with Mantaray.

A lot of it is better than the Banshees stuff. I heaved a sigh of relief. She’s always better when she keeps it a identifiably melodic, and who isn’t? She’s at her best when there is big, trademark, warlike percussion behind her, and so she’s at her best here. Into a Swan is the radio single, and it’s a pretty good declaration (“I burst out, I’m transformed”) for a woman who has been a seminal influence on music since 1976 – that would be 32 years – longer than most readers of this review have been alive.

Continue reading ‘Music Review: Siouxsie Sioux, Mantaray’

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