Jan 27th, 2009 // 5 Comments

Among the cuts in yesterday’s Variety layoffs: Music reporter Phil Gallo, whose writing on the business, and the intersection of the cultural and the personal, was sharp and perceptive, as evidenced by his review of the new Bruce Springsteen album yesterday. [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

  1. doublewhiskycokenoice

    This is off topic, but I’ve had this question in my head since I woke up and turned on ABC Family.

    In a fight to the death, who would win:

    The Cheers Theme Song
    The Full House Theme Song
    The Family Matters Theme Song
    The Saved By The Bell Theme Song
    The Wonder Years Theme Song

    And yes, I know that some of the themes are actually legit songs.

  2. Anonymous

    It goes without saying that Variety has never really gotten music and still doesn’t–and is hardly under any pressure to get it. But they really didn’t know what they had in Phil Gallo. His blog on the Variety site was full of delights, though I’m not sure how many people ever knew it was there. It’s hard to have faith right now that anybody is likely to land somewhere where they’re even better utilized, but in Gallo’s case, I’d sure like to believe so. There aren’t a lot like him.

  3. Maura Johnston

    @ChrisWillman: Totally agreed. (I’d also like to give similar props to Ken Barnes, who left USA Today at the beginning of the month and who had a really fun, geeky blog on the paper’s site that was lobotomized in favor of a “daily news rundown / weekly pointers to what’s in the paper” format; it was ultimately put out to pasture when he left.)

  4. Nelsonic

    I haven’t read enough of Phil’s work to weigh in on the loss, but I have to take exception with this particular review. Not that I disagree on the his assessment of the disc itself. But blaming its mistakes on not taking the songs out before audiences is misguided. With rare exceptions, Springsteen has kept his pre-release songs to himself since 1980 or so. And Dylan made his last three records — all noteworthy in a noteworthy catalog — without testing them onstage first. Springsteen’s album has many missteps. Ann Powers dissected them quite well in her review over the weekend.

  5. Anonymous

    Ken was indeed a terrible loss, and I’m going to be really sad if his voice doesn’t turn up somewhere else soon. But I should point out that the Idol Chatter part of Ken’s USA Today blog was taken over a couple of weeks ago by the paper’s Nashville guy, Brian Mansfield, who’s doing a really good job of following in those footsteps, not just commenting on each night’s show, but researching all the contestants to try to figure out who the “ringers” are. That’s still worth checking in on.

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