Category Archive: Music

Hondo II: Random Memories of Dick Lurie’s Guitar Studio–Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Posted on | May 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Hondo II: Random Memories of Dick Lurie’s Guitar Studio–Cleveland Heights, Ohio

My brother recently posted the picture below on Facebook. He said it immediately took him back to the Dick Lurie Guitar Studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I knew just what he meant, and so did a bunch of other old musician friends from Cleveland’s east side. For Dick’s store is where we each began our […]

Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

Posted on | February 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

I was on Facebook earlier today and came across the comment below from Tim Quirk. It’s apparently about Apple’s new streaming music service, which is slated to launch later this year. Tim’s a musician and has also spent time working at Rhapsody and Google Music, amongst other places. WHO’s telling you to listen is far, […]

Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Back in March, the Verge reported that the Beastie Boys had settled their lawsuit against educational toy company GoldieBlox. That suit alleged copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false advertising, false endorsement, and unfair competition, stemming from GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the band’s song “Girls” in the company’s popular Internet promotional video. According to the Verge, “[a]s […]

Lessons Learned in the Church of Dissonance: Father’s Day Thoughts on Edwin London (1929-2013)

Posted on | June 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

As I’ve mentioned before on this weblog, there wasn’t much Judeo-Christian worship in our family growing up. Nevertheless, there was always plenty of religion in our home. Through the years, my brother and I absorbed large helpings of an eclectic gospel authored by our father, Edwin London, the founder and sole rabbi of the Church […]

Generation Basement: The Flop Reunion

Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

(Poster above by Ed Fotheringham. Printing by the Vera Project. There are still a limited number of posters for sale. Proceeds go to Music for Marriage Equality. Starting on August 27, 2012, you should be able to buy one at www.music4marriage.org. Nice, professional, B&W photos below by Niffer Calderwood. Video by Chris Swenson. Blurry color […]

The K-Mart Radio: An Xmas Tale

Posted on | December 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve had a K-Mart radio for over 30 years now. It receives AM, FM, and shortwave frequencies. It was made in Japan before that was a compliment. Nevertheless, it aspires to be hi-fidelity, with knobs and switches for bass, treble, volume, and loudness, plus a separate woofer and tweeter. It even has inputs on its […]

John de Roo’s “Holy Cow”

Posted on | May 28, 2010 | Comments Off on John de Roo’s “Holy Cow”

[starreview tpl=16 size=’16’] [Another piece from the archives–written in 2008. You can purchase Holy Cow at CDBaby.] Back in the mid-1980s, folks didn’t know everything about everywhere. There were no online virtual communities. Home computers weren’t multi-track recorders in waiting. DIY home recordings weren’t ubiquitous. We flew a lot more blind, because it wasn’t all […]

At Work With Ace

Posted on | May 28, 2010 | Comments Off on At Work With Ace

[Another old piece of writing. Kind of a sibling to the Replacements piece. Consolidating it over here.] Recently, the band Kiss made a triumphant return to the limelight. It was fun observing the whole resurgence. It got me thinking warm thoughts about my life as 7th grader, listening to the Big 89, WLS AM Chicago, […]

Sucking in the Seventies: Paul Westerberg, the Replacements, and the Onset of the Ironic Cover Aesthetic in Rock and Roll (It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It)

Posted on | May 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

[I wrote this years ago, mostly just to try and understand some stuff that was bouncing around in my head. Moving it over from the Myspace page, so it’s here with other stuff I’ve written. The piece was never formally published. It’s just been bouncing around the web. But the people who’ve read it, seem […]

If you want to be a rock star be prepared to persevere: in most cases the four year minimum applies.

Posted on | December 13, 2008 | Comments Off on If you want to be a rock star be prepared to persevere: in most cases the four year minimum applies.

I know this is a bold statement. And let me be honest, it’s not really based on any empirical evidence, just my observation of a lot of rock bands. Nevertheless, I stand very firmly by this statement. Of the bands and solo artists I’ve seen achieve success in the music biz game (e.g., get a […]

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