January 30, 2021

Miley Cyrus Does Rock and Wow!

Miley Cyrus is not typically for mature tastes. Originally a Disney bubblegum pop artist, Cyrus’ evolution into an adult star has centered around featureless R&B infused Pop. If it weren’t for her exceptional voice, at times deep and husky and with incredible power, Cyrus would be a has-been child star with a YouTube audience but little mass appeal. Over the past few months, however, Cyrus […]

January 23, 2021

Goat Girl Channels Lush

Back in the 90s we saw a host of innovative bands that didn’t quite fit the prevailing genres. What genre is Smashing Pumpkins anyway? Alt Rock? What does that even mean? One of my favorites at the time was the band Lush. Often confused with Dream Pop and Shoegazer because of their textured sounds, Lush really didn’t fit either. Their music did have that layered […]

January 22, 2021

Holly Knight was a Hidden Gem

The first time I heard about Holly Knight, it was the mid-1980s. WLIR was playing this song called “Obsession” in heavy rotation. At some point it was even the Screamer of the Week. For those unlucky enough to have not spent some of the 80s in the Greater New York City area, WLIR was the premier “New Music” station. The “Screamer of the Week” was […]

January 21, 2021

S1E1: The Legacy of Kate Bush

This, the first, episode of the podcast Tunes Past to Present explores the legacy of Kate Bush as expressed in today’s music especially two modern artists with similar musical tendencies and style. There are a lot of ways to describe Kate Bush — quirky, campy, experimental, artistic, and poetic — but ultimately, she represented a strain in rock music that tried to be more than […]

January 7, 2021

Tunes Past to Present Introduction

Next month will see the launch of Tunes Past to Present. Tunes Past to Present is a podcast where I explore new music through the lens of the music of my youth, predominantly rock, dance, and punk. Let’s face it. As you head into your mid-forties and beyond, it can be difficult to find new music that suits your tastes. You might listen to the […]