My latest “Archive” episode, with Thomas Walsh of Pugwash. Thomas and the band are waving the flag of melodic pop, earning the respect and admiration of legendary musicians like XTC’s Andy Partridge (who signed the band to his Ape House label in 2009) and ELO’s Jeff Lynne. We talk about his upbringing in Ireland, our shared love of music and melodies, and navigating the music business today.
Mystina is an emerging funk artist and entertainer. She’s also my bandmate and co-worker here in NYC when it’s “time to make the donuts.” We chatted over coffee in the city about her career thus far and the stuff we both like, and she educated me on Latin Freestyle.
PLUS: a physical media rant. (MILD PROFANITY NSFW.)
The latest “Archive” episode revisits my conversation with bassist Steve Jenkins. We talk about his influences, growth and evolution as a player, and maintaining a musical identity. (Translation: it’s two bass players talking shop.) I also discuss the tragic passing of Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z.
Veteran bassist and dear friend Jeff Ganz has been a “participant” in every musical style and setting imaginable. Our conversation takes many twists and turns as Jeff shares stories and lessons learned from four decades at the top of our industry. (OCCASIONAL PROFANITY.)
In honor of Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday, we’re presenting our latest “Archive” conversation with fellow Beatles Fanatic and “Fan On The Run” Roseanne Belluso. Roseanne talks about helping to sell Ringo’s artwork, being a Paul McCartney superfan, and meeting two Beatles!
Our first “Archive” episode, with the singer/frontman of the funk collective KINGS. Kelli Strawbridge is at the center of a rich, homegrown cultural explosion in Richmond, Virginia. We met on a chilly night in Brooklyn (2 days after the2016 presidential election) to talk about KINGS, Jellowstone Records and all things #RVA.
PLUS: a listener email question about The Monkees and The Stones!
She was singing with her big brothers in The Cowsills on hit records and national TV by age 8. But Susan Cowsill has evolved into a unique artist of tremendous depth and purity. We had a wide-ranging conversation on the 2017 Happy Together tour bus about her lifelong creative journey, including her stellar solo work, her unique friendship and Psycho Sisters partnership with Vicki "Bangle" Peterson, and The Continental Drifters.
What inspires a UK radio and TV personality to start an indie record label specializing in rare and unreleased Monkees tracks? Iain Lee shares his story of how 7a Records was born of obsessive Monkees fan-dom, in a spirited conversation recorded here in NYC.
The Association’s unique blend of folk, rock and pop created some of the most enduringly popular songs of the 1960s. Founding member Jim Yester talks about his own history as a musician, the origins of The Association, and his continued success both with the band and on his own. Plus: I'm a freelance writer now!