who is Bob Lefsetz?

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I find myself all of a sudden talking with "industry people" -- not my chosen path. Quite a few tell me to sign up for the "Bob Lefsetz Letter." So I do. It's an email list, where this person writes screeds that seem to be about 1) hating music festivals 2) the tropical paradise he's visiting 3) using CAPTIAL LETTERS in the middle of otherwise PASSIVE STATEMENTS

The people that recommended this list are a bit older, ex-radio guys or digital music industry guys. I google for Mr. Lefsetz but can only find "Industry Legend" as a bio. I like a little context with my rants-- why am I reading these emails? Who is this guy? Is it a Dvorak-style amalgam of ex-ATN writers taking the piss? Is it Ned Raggett?

neustile (neustile), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link

As to the last question, no. Never heard of this Bob guy before, to my knowledge.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 15:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmm! I have read some issues of the "Lefsetz Letter" - when it still was a printed-on-paper-and-everything thing-y, waaay back in the early 90s :)
Well it was, well, well fun to read then, I recall. I've no idea what he writes about, and how, these days.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 16:42 (thirteen years ago) link

For a taste, the latest mail just came in:

But I've got to warn you. There are SEA CUCUMBERS!

Oh, you wear reef shoes. But littered on the bottom of the ocean are these...well, CUCUMBERS! But they're alive. And squishy. And they urinate. And it's almost so gross you don't want to go in. You CERTAINLY don't want to step on one.


neustile (neustile), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Not that they're his only audience, but older music industry professionals who don't have a strong grasp of the Internet seem to believe Lefsetz is the one peer with a finger on its pulse. I see some of his stuff via other email lists and tend to find him wrong.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:38 (thirteen years ago) link

extremely old industry legend fart who used to like music when it was, ya know, BETTER. hates young people. probably hates old people too. undoubtedly hates HIMSELF. so consistently and hilariously WRONG that sometimes he's actually RIGHT.

"Dvorak-style amalgam of ex-ATN writers taking the piss" is the FUNNIEST PHRASE I HAVE READ ALL DAY though i don't know why.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 03:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Lefsetz's blog is at http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/

He also turns up on the Rhino podcast with hystronic tirades about The State Of Things and endless flashbacks to his life in the 70s when things were So Much Better. In short, he's one of the Ghost World record collectors only with an income.

LOL Thomas (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 04:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually, I heard he was Luther Campbell.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 04:42 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

You know what brings you back, again and again, to Bob Lefsetz? It's the PASSION. Oh, you can try to stay away. You can subscribe to a million other blogs. You can tell yourself that music's changed, or that you've changed, or that you don't understand anymore. But you know what? It's not that you've got older - it's that your generation has lost touch! They've SOLD OUT. And it's the KIDS on the INTERNET with thei iPods and their Blackberries who are reminding you why you got into this WHOLE CRAZY FUCKING BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. It's the MUSIC! Oh, you can tell yourself it isn't. BUT IT IS. And if you don't listen, you and every other exec LEECHING off the hindquarters of a MEMORY is going to BITE THE FUCKING DUST!

moley, Sunday, 24 June 2007 10:49 (twelve years ago) link

I unsubscribed offa the Lef'Letter again awhile ago.

t**t, Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

Seriously though his blog is my fave industry read and has been for a while now.

moley, Monday, 25 June 2007 04:32 (twelve years ago) link

omg somebody's gotta imagebomb this dude and his ridiculous opinions

Another thread on him. Also, Chuck mentioned and quoted a recent Lefsetz country music and Sirius radio thing on the Rolling Country thread.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2007 04:53 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

His most recent column begins 'I was at the psychiatrist today...'. Magnificent. We are Lefsetz FANATICS at our house. Oh, you can laugh. But that's because you're HISTORY.

moley, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 11:04 (twelve years ago) link

How about that T.I. diatribe...Is he right about touring rock bands having more sustained longevity than rappers or pop acts?

But I'll take T.I. over Rory Gallagher and many of the washed-up blooz-rockers and classic-rock dudes he loves.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 11:44 (twelve years ago) link

Is he right about touring rock bands having more sustained longevity than rappers or pop acts?...YES

...he must have a lot of time on his hands and he reminds me of mixerman

pollywog, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:33 (twelve years ago) link

Who's mixerman? I think Lefsetz is a retired music biz attorney.

One of his pet themes is that only individuals whom he says audiences perceive as 'real' will have lasting careers. He says this does not include American Idol performers and most rappers and pop acts.

Nelly Furtado Thursday 6/7/07 The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Gross: $316,400 4,992/4,992 (100% Ticket prices: $65.00/$45.00 That was her best gig. In Boston, she did 3,644 out of 6,500 (56.1%). In Sayreville, NJ, she did 1,165 out of 2,050 (56.8%). In Detroit, she did 1,761 out of 2,585 (68.1%). In Grand Prairie, TX, she did 2,375 out of 2,503 (94.9%). In other words, she did SHITTY! And these weren't big halls to begin with, positively small, THEATRES! Her album has sold 1,873,719 copies, it's still number 50 on the chart A YEAR LATER! In other words, record sales don't mean shit. Work with Timbaland all you want. Have a hit on Top Forty radio that fewer people are listening to every day. Most people are not paying attention. They don't think you're REAL! Real acts don't conspire with a multitude of people, the usual suspects, to create their of the moment music. No one's even going to REMEMBER her tracks half a decade from now. No one's even going to PLAY them! (Have you heard Eminem recently?) It's not about music being stolen, that's not the big story in the music business today. It's about the bifurcation in its soul. Touring used to reflect record sales. No longer is this the case. And the real acts, the lasting acts, can all do good live business. The public got the memo, the press has not. As for the major labels? If they want a taste of every piece of the pie they've got to be trustworthy, have the act's best interests at heart. Ain't that a laugh.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 02:13 (twelve years ago) link

so bob thinks the PUBLIC wants REAL, but it's hard to notice that said public has responded to THE REAL BOB himself by leaving ZERO COMMENTS so far on his latest blog post. ZERO COMMENTS on the post before that. ZERO COMMENTS on his LAST FOUR POSTS, in fact. the one before that elicited ONE COMMENT. so maybe everyone's talking about him but NO ONE CARES. most people are not paying attention. in other words, capital-letter posts about THE REAL don't mean shit. on the other hand, matthew fluxblog, champion of the pop, the artificial, the unreal, got 14 COMMENTS on his most recent posts. and 20 COMMENTS on the one before that. and 12 comments for his thoughts on KELLY CLARKSON. take that, bob!

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 05:44 (twelve years ago) link

So who's READING these blogs? The Arizona girl you met at UCLA you secretly wanted to fuck? NO! That aging A&R rep with the combover whose ass you wanted to kick cos he thought he was DOWN with the kids? NO-ONE who CARES about MUSIC reads BLOGS! They're too busy LIVING! And what do they want as their soundtrack to life? Music about LOVE - love gained, love lost, love refrigerated briefly prior to baking. LOVE is what keeps us coming back to music. NOT blogs. NOT UCLA postgrad programs. NOT even Arizona girls. And especially not Matthew fucking PERPETUA.

moley, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:10 (twelve years ago) link

Who's mixerman?


Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:56 (twelve years ago) link

With just a few changes to the word lists, Lefsetz could pass for a SubGenius spewbot.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:57 (twelve years ago) link

ctrl-f HITS not found

hstencil, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:35 (twelve years ago) link

Bob always quotes 2 types of e-mail responses he gets (as many folks receive his stuff via e-mail rather than looking at his site)--from retired or current folks in the biz, or from ordinary folks who tell him how much they love 'real' music and then proceed to enthuse about the most bland middlebrow rock. The tone in both types of responses are often pretty amusing.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

But I'll take T.I. over Rory Gallagher

Any sane person would. (Which says it all.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 14:51 (twelve years ago) link


P'zone, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 22:44 (twelve years ago) link

I never heard of this guy until yesterday, but his old timer shtick is kind of entertaining, I read it hearing the voice of Bob "The Kid Stays In The Picture" Evans, and then think of the Martin Landau character from Entourage.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

Subscribed a couple of weeks ago after someone mentioned him on the Radiohead thread, I tried, but I just don't get it, unsubscribed again.

Random thoughts that go nowhere, boasting about scoring a tour jacket from a 70's Clapton tour, comments from people who apparently do get what he means, irrelevant grumpy old man stuff, nothing I want to read about several times a day.

Am I missing something or is that it?

StanM, Thursday, 25 October 2007 08:38 (twelve years ago) link

His rants against the music biz, while largely predictable at this point, are often entertaining reading. Same goes for his stories of his life and his nostalgia.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 October 2007 13:59 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

Article on Lefsetz in the Washington Post

moley, Monday, 31 March 2008 02:35 (twelve years ago) link

The fact that he is "one of the music industry's most influential analysts" speaks volumes. If you pretend you're reading an Onion editorial his pieces are entertaining though.

Mark Rich@rdson, Monday, 31 March 2008 02:56 (twelve years ago) link

When I worked at Rhino, I'd hear stories about Bob's refusals to edit his histrionic rants. Consequently, most 'casts were 90 percent wall-bouncing froth over Spirit's Dr. Sardonicus and tear-soaked Aspen weekends in '75 when MUSIC and LOVE were REAL and YOUNG, 10 percent contributions from actual Rhino employees.

Terrible Cold, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:30 (twelve years ago) link

He's like Lsetz, the Dean of Music Analysis.

StanM, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

Oh not that guy again. There was also this interesting take on Feist.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 31 March 2008 17:51 (twelve years ago) link


James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 31 March 2008 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

he reminds me of ben gazzara as jackie treehorn: "we used to have a little thing called production values... FEELINGS..."

gff, Monday, 31 March 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

That and the Onion editorial comment both made me roffle.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 31 March 2008 21:03 (twelve years ago) link


Elvis Telecom, Monday, 31 March 2008 22:57 (twelve years ago) link

I kinda like reading his rants as SubGenius devival art but the guy can't be bothered to put the full text of his posts in his RSS feed so screw it.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 31 March 2008 22:59 (twelve years ago) link

LOL at his anti-Ticketmaster rant. Welcome to 1994 Bob!

MC, Tuesday, 1 April 2008 12:08 (twelve years ago) link

four weeks pass...

oh man is he ever happy about the new Tom Petty

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

Mudcrutch vs. Tin Machine

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

I'm officially starting the trend of calling them The Crutch.

dudes don't harsh The Crutch

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:16 (eleven years ago) link

dude, The Crutch killed it last nite at the cow palace

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:17 (eleven years ago) link

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

dude the crutch don't know any other way to rock.

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

Pure seventies. Pure magic.

this was totally my favorite line

J0hn D., Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:25 (eleven years ago) link

Kind of sums it all up, doesn't it?

tylerw, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

White Room

by Bob Lefsetz

The sixties were different. They were light, and dark, and nothing in between. Today we live in the gray. In the onslaught of media, nothing sticks out, nothing is in relief, we're all hiding in our bunkers, trying to figure it all out. But, in the sixties, we ventured out, we wanted to experience IT ALL!

In the sixties there was context. It wasn't like today, where without a major hype campaign nobody knows the story. We only had three TV networks. "Rolling Stone" didn't come on the scene until the end of the decade. There were limited media outlets, and we paid attention. The big breakthrough was FM underground radio, and you were lucky if you had an outlet in your community, where you could hear Cream.

Cream was something you heard about from your friends. You went over to somebody's house and they played you "Sunshine Of Your Love". Pete Townshend eventually sang about one note, pure and easy, playing so free, but really it was one RIFF that people lined up behind. And that riff, the one that got it all started, was the one from "Sunshine Of Your Love".

Listen to "Sunshine Of Your Love" today, you'll be STUNNED how little is on the record. God, it sounds like there were NO overdubs, just a power trio laying it down. Still, it wasn't just the notes Clapton was playing, it was the SOUND of those notes. There was a RICHNESS in this hard rock, a SWEETNESS! This wasn't music for boys only, this was music for EVERYBODY with genitals. It had such a weird effect on you, hearing this sound, you felt it in different parts of your body, your brain, your lower abdomen and your groin. Right after the set-up, after the richness, there's this bit of distortion in the guitar, you feel like you're in it for the long haul, to climax, four minutes hence.

Hearing "Sunshine Of Your Love" you had to buy "Disraeli Gears". And that's when you discovered it, the essence, opening side two.

Today the label picks the track, and what's left of radio takes instruction, it's all a CAMPAIGN, which you're AWARE OF! But listening to FM back then was like listening to XM today. Your relationship is with the DEEJAY! Not his voice, not his inane rap like on Sirius, but his CHOICES! That's why we love people, because of who they ARE! And when you heard "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" on the radio your life was made, the same way when Mike Marrone plays some obscure cut that only I thought I knew it makes my day.

One can argue quite strongly the first Cream album is the best. The sound isn't as good as "Disraeli Gears", but overall the songs are BETTER!

But after "Disraeli Gears", the songs got worse. Except for the unexpected "Badge", NOTHING was the caliber of what came before. Still, there was a huge hit on "Wheels Of Fire", a simple song, but one with a monster riff so exquisite that we were touched once again. It was just the SOUND of Clapton's guitar, it sounded like he was WEEPING! But then Ginger hit the drum, and Jack sang richly. Yes, as great as Clapton was, Jack's vocals were a key element of the band.

The dude who made available the MP3s of the Royal Albert Hall show left three out, the last three numbers of the concert. He hopped to, posted them on the site, and I just downloaded them, and heard "White Room".

I don't understand flying around the world to see a band. That's not what rock and roll is about. Rock and roll is about scraping up every dollar you've got, eating the equivalent of dog food just so you can AFFORD to go to the gig. The gig isn't an afterthought, ONE thing you can acquire, experience, but the ONLY thing!

While we were experiencing flower power in the U.S., the Brits were experiencing rain. The music from across the pond was different from ours. It wasn't sunny, it was dark. Made in the U.K., it was America's dark underbelly. It coexisted with Monkees hits. It was necessary, for balance.

Flying across the pond forty years later has NO darkness. Unless you saved up every last dollar you had and slept on the street in order to go.

And, going was SO much different then. You went ALL THE TIME! Because the tickets were CHEAP! Under five bucks. The concert experience wasn't about preferred parking and alcohol, it was about the MUSIC!

And that music can be heard in Cream's rendition of "White Room" on May 5th.

Eric gets that unique guitar sound. But really, it's Ginger's drums. You can hear the FEROCITY!

And then, on top of it all, in comes Jack.

Oh, he's singing along, all those words you remember. And then you hear it...

"I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves"

I'm waiting for this place to return. Where business trumps art. Where creativity is revered over music. Where the messiah returns.

Religious zealots think the messiah is going to come from heaven. Down to save us.

But I don't believe that. I don't believe in a higher power. I believe in people. Their ability to triumph, do the right thing, against incredible odds.

Here, just before the show is over, almost two hours into it, having deliv ered upon expectations, Cream FINALLY throws off the limitations and just RIPS! THIS is music-making. When you're no longer going by the rehearsal, when you're just WINGING IT! When you stop concentrating on being together, do your own thing and it all FALLS INTO PLACE!

And a little over halfway through the number, Eric finally takes center stage, he finally WAILS! Not in the way he has for the past thirty years, but the way he did with John Mayall, as a SIDEMAN! In the tradition of great bluesmen, he's taking his LICKS! He's just part of the club.

And all these years later, it's still a championship team.

Mr. Big STFU (ojo), Thursday, 5 November 2009 21:56 (ten years ago) link

How many of his letters start out with something about the sixties or the classic era being "different"?

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:03 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Lefzetz meets Pitchfork, world implodes.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:30 (eight years ago) link

This hoser gets guests like Grace Slick and Linda Perry on his podcast?

One more cup of yogurt for the road (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 14:49 (seven months ago) link

He's had a ton of guests on who I really want to hear interviews with. It's quite a mix of old studio musicians, producers, songwriters, execs, managers, and artists. People from Shirley Manson to Seymour Stein to Aerosmith's producer Jack Douglas to Gilberto Gil.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 15:56 (seven months ago) link

At this moment, the highest charting Taylor Swift song is "Lover," with a downward arrow, at #28. On the Spotify chart, of course. Forget "Billboard," it's just a way for the ancients to feel good about themselves. That's right, "Billboard" is like D.C., seen as behind the times, irrelevant and powerless. The chartmakers check with the labels before they make any changes, meanwhile, life goes on all around without them.

lover sold 679,000 in its first week--you don't think maybe that some people are listening to their purchased copy as opposed to listening to the same album on spotify? and in the industry's fucked-up calculus, 1 sale is as valuable as 1,500 streams.

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 September 2019 18:08 (six months ago) link

Is he still creeping on Taylor after all this time?

#YABASIC (morrisp), Monday, 9 September 2019 18:16 (six months ago) link

There was a bin right in front of the store, and therein one day I saw the Cars' debut LP.

It turned me off. If you don't put yourself on the cover...

And I wasn't turned on by the woman in the picture, maybe she just wasn't my type, this did not look like a serious band, and then I heard them.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:21 (six months ago) link

That's the stuff.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:32 (six months ago) link


maura, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:48 (six months ago) link

"Artist Andy Warhol is credited with saying that in the future, everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. The world has changed considerably in the 50 years since he allegedly made this prediction. Hockney, who has outlived his contemporary by more than three decades, has surveyed today’s cultural landscape and has arrived at a different conclusion.

‘In the future, probably nobody is going to be famous,’ he asserts. The mass media has become atomized, he says; information sources are becoming niche. Celebrity was, he says, a creation of the once-omnipotent mass media. Now global fame of the Warholian vision will elude most limelight seekers, he predicts: ‘People will become famous locally.'”

I tell my shrink this all the time.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 04:13 (six months ago) link

the pacing of mundanities here reminded me of stephen king a lil

So I woke up early and went to the ArcLight for the 11:15 show.

Now I left my parking ticket in the car. I realized this as I got out of the elevator on the first floor. You see I’d been scrounging for my energy bars in my automobile and forgot all about the parking ticket, which you need, otherwise you’re going to get charged up the yin-yang.

And on the way back up I got off on the wrong floor. You see the stairs were closed for repairs. And I started to get antsy, was I gonna miss part of the movie? I’m like Woody Allen, I’ve got to start at the beginning, otherwise I’m convinced I’ve missed something.

Then I see people who are obviously going to the ArcLight. So I put it in high gear, I don’t want to wait in line for a ticket. I pass people on the escalators, and I ran up to the counter just before a woman and her two little kids and purchased my ducat and immediately went to the bathroom. That’s right, I’m old, what are the odds I can sit through a three hour picture without peeing? Pretty low.

Actually, I’d had nothing to drink in the morning, I was prepared.

And when I entered the theatre, a big one, #1, I saw the usual beshirted usher ready to give the ArcLight rap. But she didn’t, because I was the only person in the theatre. She said when big movies open, sometimes they start ’em at 9 AM and nobody is there, so this wasn’t the biggest surprise to her, but it was to me.

So I’d picked one seat from center, so I moved over.

And then I realized I was looking up ever so slightly, so I went to the row behind, and then the sound was a bit softer, so I went back to the prior row. I know, it’s OCD, but really, the lower row was better. And I’m constantly checking my pockets to make sure I’ve got all my gear. And it’s then that I realize…

I’ve lost my wallet.

Oh boy. You mean I killed myself to get here on time and now I’m gonna miss some of the movie to look? Hell, maybe I’ll just wait until the end, someone will turn it in, but will I be calm during the show?


There are only two trailers at the ArcLight. At least that used to be the pitch, I haven’t been in a long time, I haven’t been in eons, because it’s just too much of a hassle. I plan, and then when I’m there I wish I wasn’t, my mind can’t slow down.

So I’m standing by the exit, waiting to see… AND THERE’S A THIRD TRAILER!

I rush out to the ticket-taker, has anybody turned in a wallet?

No. But he said lost and found was handled by the concession.

So I walked over and interrupted a man pulling popcorn, but he didn’t have it either.

I went to the bathroom.


And now I’m starting to flip. Forget the money, it’s the credit cards and IDs I’m worried about.

And the trailer is still going, so I whip out the flashlight on my iPhone and look for said wallet beneath the seats in my row and the row behind.

No go, it’s not there.

Now I’m starting to freak, this doesn’t add up, so I retrace my steps from the first of my rows to the second, and on the edge of the concrete, in the row behind, there it is.

So, I could be calm during the film.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:10 (six months ago) link

There are only two trailers at the ArcLight. At least that used to be the pitch, I haven’t been in a long time, I haven’t been in eons,

I’ve never known this to be the case, at least not in the ~15 yrs. that I’ve been going to the Arclight.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:14 (six months ago) link

a tour de force

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:15 (six months ago) link

(There are no commercials and other extraneous junk before the actual trailers; that’s the “pitch.”)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:15 (six months ago) link

skipping over the contemplation of gender politics triggered by once upon a time in hollywood, i found this endearing

So I came home and fired up my browser and went to services online, at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. I’d like to tell you I didn’t surf the web while I was watching, but I’d be lying, and the truth is I rarely paid attention at the temple anyway.

But you’ve got to see this.

Fire up your browser and go to:

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

And then fast-forward to 1:38, that’s one hour and thirty eight minutes. And hang in there until…THEY START TO BLOW THE SHOFAR!

It’ll blow your mind. We just used to have little horns akin to Daniel Boone’s gunpowder carrier. But these rams horns…

Check it out.

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:22 (six months ago) link

That movie theater story is positively Knausgaard-ian.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:57 (six months ago) link

I saw the usual beshirted usher

As opposed to a shirtless usher, which would be unusual

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:23 (six months ago) link

shirtless usher pretty common actually


#YABASIC (morrisp), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:41 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Does she think we can’t do math? Have Republicans toxified the word “tax” to the point where no one can utter it? Our country runs on taxes, taxes are good.

Beto’s got to go. He has no chance of winning.

Castro barely talked, kick him off the stage.


Too late, sorry. And no charisma to boot. So you made your money in banking, why should we listen to you? Why don’t you add something to society, build something, create something other than wealth.

Yang knows what’s going on, but that’s about all he knows, he’s got ideas but no experience. I mean why him, just because he’s a rich young techie? Zuckerberg is a rich young techie, he knows what’s going on, do you want him to run the country?

Biden can’t run because he can’t win.

The only person speaking to the voters tonight was Bernie.

P.S. If I’ve forgotten anybody that just means they’ve got to go. (Oh yeah, Booker…SAYONARA!)


difficult listening hour, Sunday, 20 October 2019 16:32 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

I want to go down the rabbit hole, dig down deep as Marc Cohn once sang.

But that was thirty years ago, they don't make that music anymore.

... (Eazy), Sunday, 1 December 2019 06:10 (four months ago) link

lefsetz otm

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:40 (four months ago) link

this clown tried to say that there was no buzz for the irishman

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Sunday, 1 December 2019 16:18 (four months ago) link

Jimmy Page had spent years as a studio musician. The Beatles spent years woodshedding in Germany. What is this extreme focus on youth about? To the point where the Spotify Top 50 is actually a sideshow, check concert grosses if you doubt me, they’re dominated by classic acts at the top and anything but hip-hop and youth at the bottom, never in the modern era has there been such a disconnect between the recording industry and the public. It’s as if the hip-hop/youth fans are the 30% who will support Trump no matter what, and the brain-dead media just primes the pump with inane hype and the printing of the “Billboard” chart, just like the mainstream media telling us the Democrats can only win with a centrist…

a unique brew

difficult listening hour, Friday, 6 December 2019 20:05 (three months ago) link

Woodshedding for years, right up to the ripe old ages of 22, 22, 21, 20 and 19, respectively.

It was actually only a couple of months, but it felt like years because they were on so much meth.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:07 (three months ago) link

All that woodshedding didn't help Pete Best did it

Josefa, Friday, 6 December 2019 21:11 (three months ago) link

Nor Stu Sutcliffe

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:12 (three months ago) link

but how much wood did they shed?

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:03 (three months ago) link

its wild how young ppl would rather listen to their favorite acts on Spotify than pay $250 to see Kiss, what a sobering disconnect

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:26 (three months ago) link

hasn't there always been this disconnect? When Men Without Hats had a hit on the radio they probably weren't selling as many concert tickets as 70s rawk groups were

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:52 (three months ago) link

Which brings us to Bernie Sanders. He's Kurt Cobain. Deep into democratic socialism when no one was paying attention, just like Kurt was into punk.

... (Eazy), Friday, 20 December 2019 06:34 (three months ago) link

who is courtney in this metaphor

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Saturday, 21 December 2019 01:15 (three months ago) link

(shit, it's warren, isn't it)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Saturday, 21 December 2019 01:18 (three months ago) link


Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Saturday, 21 December 2019 02:43 (three months ago) link

Scott Weiland = Mayor Pete
Eddie Vedder = Amy Klobuchar
Michael Bolton = Trump

... (Eazy), Saturday, 21 December 2019 03:00 (three months ago) link

Dave Grohl = Biden

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 December 2019 03:23 (three months ago) link

billy corgan = tulsi

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:27 (three months ago) link

nah biden is johnny rzeznik

maura, Saturday, 21 December 2019 07:04 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Kids have a fascination with poop. And you probably do too, even though you won’t admit it. Come on, do you check out the size of your turds?

difficult listening hour, Friday, 10 January 2020 11:44 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Let's see, I'm gonna listen to Billie Eilish who was home-schooled, lives in a bubble and has finally reached 18? She's got no experience!

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 January 2020 03:51 (two months ago) link


Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:01 (two months ago) link

The Super Bowl wasn't so super until Joe Namath and the Jets beat the Colts back in '69. What did the Eagles sing?

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 02:05 (two months ago) link

Get Over It, iirc.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 06:03 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm convinced I'm gonna get the virus. Yup, after Angela Merkel said 60-70% of the public would get it. And then there was that U.S. prognosticator who claimed 40-60% yesterday. It seems that we're self-quarantining as to not overwhelm the health system, but how long is that gonna last?

... (Eazy), Sunday, 15 March 2020 06:27 (two weeks ago) link

first letter in today's lefsetz mailbag:

I am happy I am a hermit now.

Peter Noone

made me smile.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 21 March 2020 19:49 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of truth, the definitive song on this is Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows." And at this point, everybody seems to know that, but they do not know the definitive version, which is by Don Henley:

... (Eazy), Friday, 27 March 2020 20:04 (one week ago) link

Meanwhile, back to Henley. Am I the only person who has had "The End Of The Innocence" playing through their head?

... (Eazy), Friday, 27 March 2020 20:10 (one week ago) link

"And you wonder why everybody talks about Netflix instead of music. No one in music is taking any responsibility, at least no one with a power or a vision."

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:34 (one week ago) link

came here to post the Henley line

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 28 March 2020 06:18 (one week ago) link

that whole record is weirdly good tho. even billy joel.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 29 March 2020 05:06 (six days ago) link

well, yeah

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:34 (six days ago) link

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