Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tomorrow! POP OFFENSIVE returns!

Peralta College's KGPC, the station that hosts POP OFFENSIVE, has a lot of programming that is quite progressive. At any hour of the day, you can tune in and hear all kinds of challenging music, be it experimental, industrial, world, indie, or what-have you. And then I come on and play ABBA, Mandy Moore and Janet Jackson and ruin everything.

I'll be unrepentantly repeating this sad ritual tomorrow night, May 15th, at 7pm Pacific time. You can stream it live from KGPC.ORG if you so desire.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


If it seems like I've been posting less frequently, it's because I've been putting the finishing touches on my new novel, SO GOOD IT'S BAD, which is a direct sequel to my last novel, PLEASE DON'T BE WAITING FOR ME. Yes, it turned out I just hadn't put that lovable band of rapscallions through enough torment in book #1, so  I've lined up a whole new gauntlet of misfortunes for them in book #2. And what's worse, it's going to be a trilogy, so be sure to clear space on your shelf for the inevitable boxed set.

In the meantime, above is a preview of Andrew Nahem's butt rocking cover design for the book, which will be going to press in June. Sometime before then, I'll be putting up a website with more detailed info.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

All the good cover versions

The "all covers" episode of Pop Offensive has just been posted for your streaming pleasure in the Pop Offensive Archives. I know that the ratio of good cover versions to bad is not in favor of this episode being any good (see below), but take a listen and I think you'll agree that we resoundingly beat the odds.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

It's the FRIDAY'S BEST POP SONG EVER podcast episode #6

As new episodes of the Friday's Best Pop Song Ever podcast come faster and faster, we move closer to our goal of it becoming a weekly, rather than a monthly podcast, and from there to it becoming an inescapable part of everyday life, like work and sleep. Until that happens, though, be sure to enjoy the latest episode, which concerns "Haunted", a song by the Pogues that appeared on the soundtrack of Alex Cox's 1986 film Sid and Nancy. If you're unaccustomed to hearing a song by the Pogues described as "beautiful" and "lilting", you best listen to this episode, where I uncover the band's secret weapon, bassist and vocalist Cait O'Riordan.

Please note that the Friday's Best Pop Song Ever podcast is now on Stitcher and, having noted that, please subscribe. If you like what you hear, I also ask that you rate and review the podcast. You--or I, at least--will be glad you did.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pop Offensive - You're covered with it!

I ask you, what’s better than a good cover version? A good original song is the obvious answer. But don’t tell that to the two dozen or so artists featured on this Wednesday’s Pop Offensive, each of whom present us with their own take—whether reverent, sarcastic, or indifferent—on another artist’s song. The result is what you might call two hours of inspired unoriginality. But whatever you call it, what is indisputable is that it is streaming live from KGPC969.org on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm Pacific. If you can’t listen yourself, have a proxy do it for you.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Get offended.

Last Wednesday, I returned from yet another calamitous illness to deliver a Pop Offensive of almost unprecedented intensity, sending the internet into a frenzy of head bobbing, toe tapping, hip swiveling, and rump shaking. It was part of a recurring survival narrative that has become part of the fabric of Pop Offensive itself. If you don’t believe me, just stream the archived version of the show, which has just been uploaded to the Pop Offensive Archives.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

It's the FRIDAY'S BEST POP SONG EVER podcast, Episode #5

Preceding hot on the heels of Episode #4 comes Episode #5 of the Friday's Best Pop Song Ever podcast. This time I'm discussing the song "They Don't Know", and providing an overview of the life and career of its author and original performer (Tracey Ullman's hit version aside), the late, great, and sorely missed Kirsty MacColl. This one's a weeper, so have your hankies at the ready.