music journalist since 1992 teacher since 2004 blogger since 2012 podcaster since 2020
I have been a music journalist since 1992. Over the years I have contributed to numerous publications including, but not limited to, in alphabetical order: Axcess (where I was music editor), Allstarmag.com, American Eagle Outfitters (catalog), Anthem, A.V. Club, BAM, Barnesandnoble.com, Bassrush, The Bay Bridged, the Big Issue, Bikini, Billboard, Black Book, Blue, Bop!, Boxx, BPM, Buzzoom, C16, Caffeine, Campus Circle, CDNow.com, ChinaShop, Chord, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Crunch, Detour, DJ Mag, DJ Times, DrDrew.com, Drum!, DVox, East Bay Express, EDM, EDMBiz, EQ, Electronic Musician, Elektro, FACTmag, Fader, Filter, Flaunt (where I had a monthly column), Flood, Future Music, Grooveradio.com (where I was content managing editor), Guitar One, Hits, Hypno (where I had a regular column), IE, IFuse, Insomniac, IQ, Juice, Keyboard, LA Weekly, Launch/Yahoo,com, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Anjealous, Lotus (where I was contributing editor), Magneticmag.com, Mean, Mean Street, Miami New Times, Mix, Mixer, Mixmag, Modern Luxury Hawaii, MTV Online, New Noise, New Times Los Angeles, NPR, Nylon, Paper, Planet, Playlouder.com, Remix, Request, Rhino.com, Rock and Roll Globe, Rollingstone.com, Shockhound.com, Smug, Soma, Soundctrl, Spikeradio.com (where I also had a daily two-hour radio show with Mick Cole called “The Lick”), SF Weekly, Speak, Stop Smiling, Surface, Synthesis, Thump, UDJ, Under The Radar (where I am television editor), URB, Variety, Venice, Venus, Vibe.com, Virtually Alternative.
I host and co-produce a music commentary podcast called Pictures of Lily Podcast about my experience interviewing musicians and music-related people. Published every two weeks, the podcast is available on all podcast platforms as well as on SoundCloud and YouTube. There is a Pictures of Lily Podcast Playlist for the music heard on the Pictures of Lily Podcast on Spotify and YouTube.
I also write about television, art and fashion. I have provided long lasting biographies and fully explanatory press releases for both major labels and independent artists. I am a contributing editor to the textbook, The Guerilla Guide To The Music Business, which is currently being used at the University of Westminster in London, England (and is available as a Google Book).
In 2012 I was a panelist at Amsterdam Dance Event, speaking on the United States of EDM panel. This was my second time as special guest of the conference, the first being in 2006 where I spoke on the US panel as a freelance music journalist. In 2011 and 2012 I was a panelist at the Arts and Entertainment Radio / Intercollegiate Broadcasting System West Coast Conference on the New Technology panel the first year and on the Role Of Women In Media and Radio Careers, Education & Show Production panels the second year. Also in 2011, I participated on a music journalist panel for the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society.
I have three graduate degrees: M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, which I completed in order to avoid joining the workforce–this is also where I got my start in music journalism on the school newspaper, The Daily Trojan, M.Ed. Single Subject Teaching Credential from National University, which I completed in order to plunge myself in at the deep end of the workforce as a mathematics instructor and finally, M.A. in Education with an Option for Librarianship from California State University Long Beach in order to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a librarian. The question I get asked the most is if I “shush” people in the library. The answer is no, it’s not a library in the Fifties. Enjoy some short clips from the classic Seinfeld episode, “The Librarian” here with Jerry and Kramer and here with Mr. Bookman.
The song this site is named after: “Pictures Of Lily” by The Who.