Here’s what music writer Timothy Finn is into right now:
The Lefsetz Letter
Bob Lefsetz is an insightful analyst and commentator and fearless gadfly. A former entertainment lawyer and record label consultant, the music industry is his primary terrain but he is equally comfortable writing about politics, technology and other forms of entertainment. His Lefsetz Letter, now more than 25 years old, has thousands of subscribers, many of them celebrities. He writes irascibly, thoughtfully and prolifically, and each edition comes directly by email, sometimes two or three a day. Rarely do I not at least peruse each one.
Dogfish Head IPAs
The 60 Minute and 90 Minute India pale ales from this brewery in Delaware are widely available in Kansas City, in bottles and on tap. I love bold, hoppy beers, and these fit the bill, resoundingly. Beware their potency, though.
This handy app, for iPhone or Android, allows you to pick and filter the news sources and subjects that interest you and store them until you have time to read them. It reportedly offers a choice of more than 100,000 sources and 1 million topics.
Soft-rock channels on Spotify
Some of the best songwriting and recordings of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s fall under this genre — bands, singers and songwriters like Bread, Ambrosia, Looking Glass, Joe South, Elton John, Todd Rundgren, Lobo, Maria Muldaur, Hall & Oates and the occasional 10cc. It can also be a good way to conquer insomnia.
If it’s not the best Thai cuisine in Kansas City, it’s among the most convenient and inexpensive. The daily specials are great, starting with the Curry Monday and the Pad Thai Tuesday (buy one, get another for $1). The restaurant has two locations: 7104 N.W. Prairie View Road and Shoppes at Liberty Triangle, 1912 Star Drive.