Judge This Book By Its Covers

Posted by Greg on Oct 28, 2017 in Music, Websites

For the last decade, music journalist and publicist Ray Padgett has cultivated a music blog with a distinct market: the love and lore of cover songs. To date, that blog Cover Me, remains one of the go-to authorities for cover songs through the past 50-60 years. That love of cover songs has fueled Padgett’s debut book Cover Me, a fascinating and thoroughly researched look at 19 beloved cover songs. Whether its the thought-provoking history behind Elvis’ mega-hit “Hound Dog” or the bittersweet look at The Gourds’ take on Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Cover Me is as exciting, engaging and important as any music book released this year. Read more…


Style Your Garage……Really?

Posted by Greg on Apr 29, 2011 in Websites


Over at the day job, I get all kinds of zany press releases about new upstart companies, very few of which are worthy of sharing. That is until the German firm Style Your Garage sent along their press kit. As their moniker so easily indicates,

Style Your Garage, founded in 2009 by 47-year-old Thomas Sassenbach, is a design firm committed to personalizing the garage doors of homeowners worldwide. As indicated in the pictures below, there’s an array ––– 250 to be exact –––of 3D billboard images to choose from, few of which are boring or dull. Sizes expand to 5 meters long and 2,450 meters high.


But is styling your garage really the pathway to uniqueness? Isn’t a car choice, a haircut or a set of clothes enough? Leave your thoughts in the replies. For more information on the company, head over here. Style Your Garage also has a sister firm Style Your Door. Seriously.


Live365 and the Advent of Country Music

Posted by Greg on Jul 14, 2010 in Music, Op-Ed, Websites

I’ll just come right out and say it. The past 16 days of my life have been inundated with country music. Most of this is by my choosing, but the other half may just be the inherent magnetism of the genre. On a lark, I decided to listen to iTunes radio at work. In truth I was tired of listening to the girls at work chatter and gossip and I needed a distraction. Having grown up around country music, and having attended college in North Carolina for six years, it’s always been a part of my life, but it’s never been a daily staple.

Because the New York metro area dislikes country music, I went immediately to the country pre-sets on iTunes and the first one that caught my eye was Constant Country KRS. Sure enough the station is based in New Jersey, just across the river from Manhattan in the urban enclave of Edgewater. The first four songs played were “Pound Sign,” by Kevin Fowler, “Pray for You,” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love, “Pretty Good at Drinking Beer,” by Billy Currington and “Trailerhood,” by Toby Keith. And then I was sold.

Upon Googling Constant Country KRS, I found out that it’s part of the Live365 family. I had heard of Live365 before but had never given it the time of day. And well, now that’s all changed. As each new day dawned, I found myself putting on Constant Country KRS as soon as I logged on. And just like that, the days quickly flew by. But, this appreciation for country has extended even farther. While I’ve always watched GAC and CMT with sporadic interest, they are now an everyday staple. Somehow, country music has overtaken my life. And somehow, someway I feel okay with this. I’m comfortable with this new direction and to be quite truthful, I’m not sure I’ve heard a bad song in the past 16 days. Is country music that good or am I just easy to please?

Lord knows what the verdict is on that, but I for one am thankful for Live365 and Constant Country KRS.


Web 2.0 Helps Spark Moldovan Rebellion

Posted by Greg on Apr 10, 2009 in Op-Ed, Websites

Since launching this blog in November, I’ve posted only six times. That’s horrible. While I do wear a lot of creative hats (full-time journalist by day, staff reviewer at Absolute Punk CTP, and RMP) it’s still inexcusable that I should neglect this site that much.

With that being said, here’s an attempt to get back into it. While checking my Gmail this morning I came across this news story and was completely inspired. Moldova, a tiny country so often ignored and used in various punchlines, has garnered headlines for launching a rebellion. Via the networking sites Facebook and Twitter, the nation has amassed a horde of twenty-somethings and teenagers who have taken to the streets in protest of the nation’s Communist government.

This development is important for two reasons: 1. It sheds light on a nation’s struggle that often skirts the headlines and the major press networks –––I was completely unaware Moldova had a Communist party ––; and 2. It reinforces the power and cache of social networking sites.

People have rallied behind Web 2.0 for a good few years now, but for every supporter there’s a critic just waiting to bash it to bits. The truth of the matter is when social networking sites are used for a common goal, such as this, their power is infinite and those critics have little grounds for an argument. In Charlotte, NC, the family of Kyle Fleischmann, launched a grassroots campaign to get North Carolinians cognizant of his disappearance. It’s a simple strategy that has been used by countless families of missing persons, cancer survivors, and other worthy causes.

While it’s unrealistic to think the Moldovan protesters will succeed in combatting the Communists, there’s certainly no reason to stop hoping. Embrace it or not, Web 2.0 is here to stay, and if the stars align just right, it may even affect the world’s history. Tweet, tweet!

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