.@UMG CEO Lucian Grainge intros artist showcase: “It’s the music, stupid.” #grammyweek
Pink tributes Carole King w “Far Away” at #Musicares. Yes please, all day. #grammyweek
Mine has been an amazing seat from which to watch the entertainment business evolve. Guggenheim Digital has expressed interest in me working to develop some new ideas within their framework of companies, and I look forward to applying an entrepreneurial approach to the entertainment and media realms that we’ve all spent so much time studying. More soon!
I suppose that any of us might have a few people of whom we would say, “I owe them everything.” Maybe it’s your parents or a teacher, the person you married, the first manager who gave you a job. One of the very few people to whom I owe everything died today.
His name was Don Forst, and he was…
Love this read by Laura Conaway, remembering Don Forst who just died. Laura was one of the first editors to teach me how to put together a feature, when she edited my early pieces at the Village Voice back around 2000, 2001. And Don ran the Voice in those days, when plenty of folks still made it a point to pick up the weekly paper. Time never stops and I think the most we can hope for is to have made a positive difference in the lives of some good folks. It’s in this spirit that i salute both Laura and Don, may he rest in peace.
I’m stuck at JFK airport, in my sixth hour and waiting for my third plane. Don’t ask—unless you know someone senior at American Airlines.
BUT: to pass the time, let’s talk music. Below are my favorite 10 Albums of 2013. My only caveat is that I have a sneaking suspicion that Beyonce’s new one might be tops if I had another week or two with it. But I don’t. Only other bit of preamble: my top singles of 2013—not finished yet—looks very different from this list and includes much more from my favorite pop/radio stars.
So, without further ado…
1. Lorde, Pure Heroine
2. David bowie, The Next Day
3. Kanye west, Yeezus
4. Capital Cities, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
5. Ashley Monroe, Like A Rose
6. Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt
7. Disclosure, Settle
8. Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park
9. NIN, Hesitation Marks
10. Tegan & Sara, Heartthrob
#CMAAWARDS. Everyone knows the best party after the after parties is the one at John Rich’s house. I’d never been before. He has his own upstairs venue with a bar, full stage and of course a saddle-shaped disco ball. the diehards and stout of liver end up swaying and shouting to live music at 4 AM. And beyond.
Hanging w Andrea Swift, @taylorswift’s mom, at the @bigmachinelabelgroup #CMAAWARDS afterparty. Incredibly sharp, warm woman every time I’ve had the chance to speak with her. Taylor was dancing and singing nearby and just generally glowing. “She’s always like this when she’s in a creative tear,” said mom; Taylor herself told me she was deep into recording the follow to “Red” and was beyond excited about progress. Can’t wait to hear some new songs. ..