As we make our way through February, you have to hate it for our friends in New England. Sure the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but if dealing with 3 blizzards in a row is the price for a ring...they can have it. So far it’s shaping up to be a great year for music with new singles from AWOLNATION, The Black Keys, Smallpools, Jack White and Interpol and we’re only a month and a half into the year.
I know a lot of you are excited about the annual pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW. Last year was the first one I missed in almost a decade. So the only ones that may be more excited than me are the rookies that are going for the first time. If you are one of those be sure to hit me up, I’m sure some of the other veterans and myself can help you out with tips on how to you make your way through it. For example, Tip #1...Comfortable Shoes!!! By the end of the week every step you take will feel like you are walking on fire.
Now it’s time for my first installment of “Stuck In My Head”. Just like everyone else from time to time I find myself humming as song to myself nonstop. Sometimes good...sometimes not to good. This time it’s very good.
A few weeks ago Belle & Sebastian released their ninth album “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” and the first single from it “The Party Line” has been “Stuck In My Head” since I first heard it back in November. You might not have noticed, but it was even used as bumper music during The Super Bowl. Why this song hasn’t charted is beyond me. The hook gets on a constant loop in my brain, it’s got a great beat and it’s easy to dance to...not that I would do something like that from time to time while working at home by myself.
So take a few minutes and check it out. If it gets stuck in your head too, your welcome.
After learning all we ever wanted and needed to know about Nik Rivers last week, we are going to go in a very different direction. In our second edition of WHO IS...We are going to look into the mind of Nik Rivers polar opposite. If you have ever been on an industry junket then it is very doubtful that you have seen this man, shared a beverage or seen a band together, because he doesn't do "that sort of thing". We are going find out why and maybe more when we ask Who IS Lenny Diana of WLZX?
Going back in time, what was the circumstance that truly prompted you to make radio your career?
Growing up listening to WNEW. I always loved how everything seemed like some huge puzzle that I could never figure out. They were really great for a long while. I wanted to be a part of something like that.
What was the last book you read?
Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin. It takes six CEO’s stories and shows what went into their failure and what can be learned from those experiences. Sadly, so many of the stories align up with some of the moves happening to the music industry today both record and radio sides. This was the second time I read the book. It’s a fascinating and fantastic read.
Since you find the company of other "Industry" people displeasing and don't go on junkets...what is your idea of a good time?
I don’t find the company of industry people displeasing, I find the concept of a junket as a whole completely foul. It’s a weird thing to me that if someone is footing the bill for me to see “insert a band here” or a weekend convention where the concept of “family or brotherhood” is pushed with a bizarre agenda of talking radio in the modern day I get squeamish. Nothing get accomplished there except Facebook pictures of people holding booze bottles with open mouths for 3 days. Then there is the entire mandatory attendance thing and general phoniness that follows.