Archive for August, 2009

The Death and Rebirth of Television

The Death and Rebirth of Television

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to get a little time for a one on one interview with television producer Heather Ferreira and ask her some frank questions about her views on the state of the entertainment industry. This 41-year-old retro TV addict says American television is seriously out of whack, but she and her new NYC-based studio are going to turn it around. You’ve been quoted saying that American television has lost its direction. Tell me what you believe is wrong with TV in the United States today. The baseline answer is that art cannot be mass-produced like a hamburger, but our networks in charge think it can.

7 Worlds Collide

7 Worlds Collide

When special guests, really means special. My wife and I turned up at Largo last night expecting to see Neil Finn doing his usual solo (or semi-solo) act, but wow, what a surprise. Largo has a habit of keeping quiet about the line-up of their “special guests” so even finding out that Neil was on the roster was a stroke of luck. What we didn’t expect was six members of the 7 Worlds Collide project appearing on stage – i.e. Neil Finn, KT Tunstall, Jon Brion, Elroy Finn, Lisa Germano and Bic Runga, who were in LA to meet with record execs and promote the second 7 Worlds album (that will be coming out later this year). All of these guys are incredibly talented musicians, jumping round the stage, rotating from instrument to instrument.

DJ International is Back

DJ International is Back

There are very few people in the world who can claim to have had the kind of impact on global culture that DJ International founder Rocky Jones has. Having taken a long sabbatical from the music world, Rocky (and DJ International) is back to once again change the face of the music industry. For those of you not in the know, Rocky was the owner of the legendary “Warehouse” club in Chicago from which the “House” genre derives its name; his label, DJ International Records, was also the first label to publish what would become known as House music, a genre of music that exploded on the global scene in the mid to late eighties and is still going strong; elements of House and its sub genres have now become as much a part of mainstream culture as hip-hop or rock.

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