Lefsetz Letters

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 […]

Published: May 20 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

The Curtis Sittenfeld Book

“You Think It, |’ll Say It” You want to read this. Ever feel alone, like no one understands you, like you’re an alien and everybody else is connecting but you’re not? I do. And then you meet someone who gets you… It’s always a surprise, it’s always when you’re not looking, you get into conversation […]

Published: May 18 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

YouTube Music

It’s pretty cool! Lyor says he’s on the side of the artists, if one streaming service wins it will be able to crimp compensation to rightsholders, he says that’s why he took the job at Google. And we can debate Lyor’s motivation all day long, but the end product… Is gonna attract users. It’s personalized. […]

Published: May 16 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

The North Water

The North Water: A Novel Read this book. You won’t know half the words, you’ll sometimes keep reading even though you didn’t quite understand what just happened, but you’ll be riveted nonetheless, I couldn’t wait to get back into my room in T.O. to dive into it, and I had trouble turning out the light, […]

Published: May 16 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

R. Kelly/Spotify…& Apple & Pandora…

The goalposts have moved. If you’d asked me about this a year ago, I’d be testifying about free speech, decrying Spotify, et al’s, moves. But as Bob Dylan once put it, things have changed. Yes, it appears these artists are being punished without being convicted. But this is no different from Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, […]

Published: May 16 Posted Under: Lefsetz Letters

Tom Wolfe

“I do believe you’re writing the first autobiographical newsletter.” That’s what Tom Wolfe wrote me in the nineties, before the internet, before I became self-conscious about revealing my truth for fear of blowback. Tom Wolfe was never afraid. He threw bombs into the villages of conventional wisdom. He hewed to his own inner voice. He […]

Published: May 16 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 […]