Taylor Swift fills streaming blank space, brings music to TIDAL

Taylor Swift made a big deal a few month ago about pulling all of her music from Spotify. Now, she’s made another streaming move, bringing her catalog to TIDAL. TIDAL, the hi-fi streaming service, was recently purchased by rapper and music mogul Jay-Z. According to Billboard, the mega-popular singer’s entire catalog (with the exception of more »

Fin: Ted Cruz, country boy, advice from Florida Man and Bill Simmons, brother

Ted Cruz says he “used to like classic rock,” but started listening to country music on 9/11, because “I didn’t like how rock music responded.” What the hell is that about? After 9/11, rock stars hosted telethons and concerts to raise money for the families of the victims. Bruce Springsteen that was entirely about 9/11. more »

Death Cab for Cutie’s new album Kintsugi available for streaming

I’m basically the resident Death Cab for Cutie fan in the office, so this has been a thrilling month for me. All March long, fans have been treated to sneak peaks of Death Cab for Cutie’s eighth (how old do you feel?) album, Kintsugi. Set to release on March 31st, the band decided to preview the album in its entirety on NPR.

It’s still rock and law to me: Billy Joel is subject of legal seminar

A law school on- where else?- Long Island conducted a conference this week on “Billy Joel & The Law.” Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on Sunday and Monday hosted a seminar on the intersections of Billy Joel’s music and the American Legal System. According to the program, the seminar included sessions on “The more »

Broadway hit ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ to hit the big screen

For those unfamiliar with her work, the name Carole King means very little. Sure, you’ve heard her songs (she crafted some of the ’50s and ’60s most memorable pop hits while a member of the amazing staff of the Brill Building, only to have a remarkable solo career afterwards), but you might not know that more »


Fin: The Jeanine Pirro Jinx, Alex Gibney good and bad and Gaby Hoffmann’s nudity clause

 I’m finally watching The Jinx, I’m about halfway through, and it’s as great as everyone says. But how come no one warned me about so much Jeanine Pirro? I got a laugh out of the incongruity of the author of the “We Need to Kill Them” monologue spending years trying to bust a guy who said more »

Streaming sales have overtaken CDs

When it comes to music sales, CDs are now in third place, with streaming subscriptions overtaking sales of CDs for the first time. That’s according to a report released this week by the Recording Industry Association of America. The report found that streaming sales reached $1.87 billion in 2014, with CD revenues dropping to $1.85 more »

“I Bet My Life”/”I Lived”: No, I can’t tell the difference, either

Imagine Dragons’ “I Bet My Life” and OneRepublic’s “I Lived” are both above-average pop-rock songs released in the last six months, by bands from the American West, ubiquitous on radio, frequently in TV and radio commercials, and both about life (or living.) Every time I hear one, I’m expecting to hear the chorus of the more »

Fin: ‘Glee’ and a lesson in fatherhood, Neil deGrasse Tyson on 4/20  and the un-PC Jay Leno

With very little fanfare, Glee wraps up its six-season run Friday night. I think it’s fair to say that the ending of the show isn’t quite the cultural moment that the endings of Parenthood and Parks & Recreation were, and that those of Justified and Mad Men will be in the next couple of months. more »


Fin: Farewell to Chris Hayes, an awkward Q&A and “cooch toupees”

I know, ratings are ratings, but I’m sorry to see that Chris Hayes’ nightly show on MSNBC, All In, is likely coming to an end. What I liked about Hayes’ show wasn’t the lefty-ness, so much as the wonkiness. Here’s a smart guy, a young guy, a reporter, coming at the news from a smart more »

John Williams won’t score next Spielberg or “Star Wars” film

A giant of cinematic music is taking a break. John Williams will not be providing the score either for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War spy film- now called “Bridge of Spies”- nor for the first standalone “Star Wars” movie, “Star Wars: Rogue One.” According to Variety, Williams will not score “Bridge of Spies” due to a more »

There may be some (rumored) good news for Deadheads

When the remaining members of the Grateful Dead announced that they would play a three show swansong at Chicago’s Soldier’s Field over the Fourth of July weekend, the generation crossing jam band’s fans, known collectively as “Deadheads” were overjoyed. After the death of founder and leader Jerry Garcia back in 1995, few thought they’d see more »