Lefsetz Letters

Published: May 26 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Women In The Music Business

Do we want them to act just like men? Aggressive, cutthroat, willing to do anything to make it? Last Saturday I got into a discussion about a man in the music business. This woman deplored him, I had no problem with him. She said he told off-color jokes, I said men tell jokes like this […]

Published: May 24 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Ethiopia Habtemariam-This Week’s Podcast

She’s a force of nature. This was recorded live in Santa Barbara at the Music Media Summit, more episodes from that conclave will be transmitted in the future, but first we have Ethiopia, who stunned us all, going from first generation American to President of Motown Records. Her name started coming up in conversation. First […]

Published: May 24 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

American Idol

It only works if you mint stars. The finale was the other night. Was it Sunday, or Monday, damned if I know. Then again, probably not Sunday, because that’s when the “Billboard” awards were, another sinking show, just check the ratings. Weren’t live events supposed to save broadcast TV? With their Twitter updates and wars? […]

Published: May 24 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Computerized Medical Records

How much privacy do you want to give up? I blew a high creatinine number. Unless you’re old, or approaching it, you probably don’t know what that means. It relates to your kidneys. Although in the waiting room at UCLA I was stunned by the number of young people there, kidney disease knows no age, […]

Published: May 23 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Gilberto Gil-This Week’s Podcast

You may not know him, but he’s a superstar in Brazil. He was exiled from the country, landed in London in the early seventies, and then came back to Brazil for his victory lap, further success and even a stint in the government as Minister of Culture. Now Rio is a dangerous place. You can’t […]

Published: May 22 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Gang of Youths at the Moroccan Lounge

I didn’t get it at first. Geiger says the streaming charts don’t reflect the culture, Greta Van Fleet has sold over 250,000 tickets worldwide, but their Spotify numbers are anemic, by modern standards anyway. Danny Buch, a record guy, talks about the numbers done at live alternative shows, indicating demand, which does not show up […]