Archive for the 'Music Business' Category


New York Magazine Songwriting Issue

“The more specific she was, the more relatable it seemed.” (Beth Laird on Taylor Swift) What kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where pop songs are written by committee, oftentimes excluding the performer, and country songs are written by the artist? One in which country is personal and relatable and pop […]

Peter Frampton & Steve Miller At The Greek

Keep on-a rock’n me, baby It was not nostalgia, at least not until Miller’s encore, when he reeled off a bunch of hits. The guitar era is in the past. The blues era is in the past. But it came alive last night. What on the surface seemed a return to what once was, set […]

Soft Knowledge

The STEM era is over. For twenty years we’ve experienced the denigration of the liberal arts. For twenty years we’ve been ruled by tech. For twenty years it’s been about entrepreneurship. Now it’s about thinking. About concepts. About ideas. Not changing the world with products, but analysis and influence. You can’t compete with the billionaires, […]

Paul McCartney At The Capitol Congress

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard Some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of “Celluloid Heroes” The Kinks Paul McCartney did not write that, but he did cowrite one of the Stones’ very first hits, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” and Marc Maron started off asking […]