Is Ticketing A About To Change Again… I Mean Just A Little?

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In the past two days I got shut out of tix to Lady Gaga, too slow for the pre-sale, too slow for the real sale. The reason was I usually go to shows by myself but I was trying for two. Ticket Broker prices are $160 plus expensies at the low end . There isn’t only Ticketmaster. There’s ticketmaster, telecharge, Livenation and ticketweb for the smaller venues and now word of ticketfly.com in today’s New York Time -a boutique ticket middleman  with the same software as the big boys but catering to the smaller nightclubs. Ticketfly will help design a …

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Novos Dae: Like a Tootise Roll In A Lollipop by Helen Bach

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I have a job, a rather unglamorous job in a swanky euro company that’s pretty froofrrooo so when you’re scampering through the joint on a Friday and bang into a guy in a Strokes t-shirt.. ya pretty much freeze.Today I did, apparently Kris the quiet kid in accounting is a Strokes fan! YaY! So this conversation starter t-shirt rolled like this.. ‘hey I write for a blog there’s a few entries on The Strokes you should check it out- do you like The Libertines?’…Well apparently I needed some hipping and today I got it in the form of some AMAZING …

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Rolling Stone: Worst Issue Ever

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Everything you have grown to hate about Rolling Stone is on view in their just plain terrible 25th Anniversary Issue: a self serving, self righteous piece of wank that sees the publication change in front of you very eyes to a celebraty fix like Wenner’s Us Magazine. Never less than pretentious, the cover has the self satisfied glare of three super stars (Bono, Jagger, Bruce) all leather coats and wrinkles. Inside in a letter from the editor, Jann preposterously stays how twenty years ago when Ahmer Ertegun and he first thought up the idea “We could only dream of what …

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Encore Series Presenting the Gershwins Girl Crazy

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The Manhattan City Center’s Encore series is a live reading of a musical done in front of an audience for four performances only. I saw Patti Lupone kill in Pal Joey hear and later on an excellent Chicago with Ann Reinking and Bebe Neurith which would eventually move to Broadway where in resides today.From Nover 19th – November 22nd they are presenting the George and Ira Gershwin musical comedy Girl Crazy, book by Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan. The songs in this musical are unreal: “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You”, “But Not For Me” and “Boy! What Love Has Done …

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Now He’s Done It: One part sycophant, one part bully, Aquilante is loathsome

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I’ll admit to thinking that all of New York Post Chief Music Critic Dan Aquilante’s taste is in his mouth, that he is a complete suck up to anybody in the rock heirarchy in a league with Jann Wenner and that he is not much of a writer. BUT I have resisted the urge to simply call him an asshole till now. Aquilante’s review of  the Joe Perry Project a couple of days ago is one of the worst acts of rock criticism I have ever read. Aerosmith are old, drug addled has beens who have sucd for twenty years …

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Sean hannity believes in, you know, freedom

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This sounds like a fun night out for the entire family. Fox News’ conservative hitman is going on tour this year on his eight annual Freedom Concert and Lynrd Sknyrd and Charlie Daniels will be right there with him. Since 2003 the charity concerts have raise more than $10 million for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.I would love to go but they are are no where near the red state New York.But if you’re nearby, renew your gun licence, slip on your “Try Burning This Flag” tee and whistle dixie on by to the following places:August 20106 – Jackson, NJ …

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Robert Johnson Was Here

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Robert Johnson sold his soul at the crossroads to the devil to play the blue and seventy-one years later it is still paying dividends. I may not be a big blues fan but I’m a big enough blues fan to be in awe of this guy. If you have never heard his complete works it is an earth shattering thing as, one rehearsal after another, Johnson nails songs like “Love In Wain” over and over.The Associated Press announce that Johnson’s birthplace is to be refurbished into some type of museum…. “a well-crafted home built by his stepfather in the Mississippi …

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Sladest News

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Always had a soft spot for bovva voys Slade -has anybody ever looked stupider in high heels and mascara than Noddy Holder? But they sure had their way with glam hard rock in the early seventies -a breathing contradiction sith “Mama Were All Crazy Now” (couldn’t spell either). Well, all you (and I) Slade fans here comes something you won’t wanna say gudbye too!! Slade Live At the BBC is to be released soon. Here is the track list!! CD1 (Studio Sessions 1969-1972)‘Coming Home’‘The Shape Of Things To Come’‘See Us Here’‘Know Who You Are’‘My Life Is Natural’‘Coloured Rain’‘Man Who Speeks …

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Three Reviews To Get You Through The Weekend

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Stillness In the Move Final – Solange Knowles – The Dirty Projectors single off Bitte Orca and New York magazine’s # 1 Brooklyn song isn’t though it is great. At the very least “Cannibal Resources” is as good. Except it is the # 1 Brooklyn at least in Solange Knowles excellent cover. DP’s Angel Deradoorian has a pretty voice and she can hold a note and at least in juxtaposition to Longrstreths all elbows and angles music it is very effective. But Solange Knowles is a trained soul singer who comes into it both from DNA and from nepotism and …

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itunes Free Europe

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Itunes Europe have announced their best albums and singles of 2009. A read of these might convince you of two things a) this isn’t a most pooular list and 2) that if nothing else those whose job it is to play in music all day have somewhat eclectic tastes… The iTunes editors’ choices for Best Album of 2009 are:Empire Of The Sun – ‘Empire Of The Sun’Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’La Roux – ‘La Roux’Major Lazer – ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do’Paolo Nutini – ‘Sunny Side Up”The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’The Invisible …

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Spider Bags Goodbye cruel World, Hello Crueler World: Things Are not Alright

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“Does ought befall you, tis good. Tis part of life’s rich tapestry.” The stoic philospher and sometime Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius, back around 160 AD said that and while I have never been much into stoticism myself, being more the shout, scream and bang my fist on the floor reactor too lifes befallings, I have read some of it. So, apparently, has Spider Bags leader Dan McGee and not just because somewhere in all that life is an experience, etc., and so on, is a one damned thing after another, and Spider Bags second album is called Goodbye Cruel …

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When Is A Scene Not A Scene? New York Magazine Covers Brooklyn

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So, in light of New York magazine’s the Brooklyn scene is the capital Of rock music cover today, here’s a question. What constitutes a scene? Let’s take a look at one: London in 1977. There were emerging rock bands and emerging rock clubs densely populated over a small area and magazines and fanzines covering the scene from the inside. Brooklyn absolute has all three. But in London there were filmmakers like Julian Temple, artists like Barney Bubbles, fashion designers like Viviene Westwood, poets like John Cooper Clarke. Brooklyn has nobody with that intense visibility and connection.So the first problem with …

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The Who To Play Superbowl Half Time Show in Miami February 7th, 2010

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What Janet Jackson have wrought, right? The Who are the half time band at this year’s Superbowl and here’s the good news. Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez are having an armchair quaterback party at Eli’s house AND YOU’RE INVITED… god knows they won’t be actual playing in the Bowl so why not.

Ian McLagan at Joe’s Pub November 12th, 2009: Waffling, Affabling, Bumping

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Former Face, former Small Face, sessionsmens sessionman. keyoard player’s keyboard player, member of  Billy Braggs band, the Blokes. Austin residenceand always affable Ian McClagan during his hour long set at Joe’s Pub inadvertently expressed a big reason he is not basking in a mansion once owned by AA Milne: he doesn’t write very good songs. The revelation came during a cover of the late Ronnie Lane’s excellent “Debris”. The cover missed that wonderful guitar lick but that’s what all it lost: the song, long gone, came to life again and McClagan’s often rhythmic playing gives into into the dedicated lick underpining …

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Motel California

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Lemme tell you everything that’s better on the West Coast than it is on the east coast: Warren Zevon. And he’s dead. Anything else? Nope… well, i really like Saint Motel’s music video for “Dear Dictator” BUT THAT IS ABSOLUTELY IT. In Woody Allen’s memorable words “I don’t wanna live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light”.But after a year and half of rain that medical sun might sure feel sweet about now and the guys  of Saint Motel are such California mainstays not only did they play the …

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Carole King And James Taylor On Tour Together: WE’VE GOT A FRIEND!!

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Here comes the real deal!! I’ve seen Taylor loads of time and he is always great and Carole King only once, on the Living Room Tour (with my ex whose memory rolls over me like a rolling train!). But the news the old friends are touring together is very, very exciting!! The dates don’t include the East Coast but cmon, Carole is a Brooklyn kid and Taylor is from Maine so we can expect em. Here is what is confirmed.TOUR DATES March 201027 – Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena31 – Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre April 20103 – Hunter, …

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Thom Yorke To Radiohead: I toldja no more albums

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Thom Yorke and pals in the most highly overrated band of all time and ever Radiohead are still smart cookies. Smart enough to realize that the day of the album might well be at an end. “None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again,” Yorke said. “Not straight off, I mean, it’s just become a real drag. It worked with ‘In Rainbows‘ because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.” I think it’s a …

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Fixing a Hole In A Yellow Submarine… Or I need a fix cuz i’m going down

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Remember when the movie director Robert Zemeckis was good? No, really, before Forrest Gump during his I Wanna Help Your Hand period. I Wanna hold Your Hand takes place on day in Manhattan but not just any day. The day the Beatles are too play the Ed Sullivan Show and these kids are going bonkers trying to get into the show!!! Best scene? Some chick breaks into the Beatles Plaza Hotel suite and falls asleep with georgy’s guitar between her legs. So you member now, right? Good. Forget it. I went to Zemeckis IMAX 3D performance capture A Christmas Carol …

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Back Together, Please No More Double Albums

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This just in from AOL Music: “The Red Hot Chili Peppers will make their first post-hiatus appearance early next year when the funky monks join a lineup of all-star acts that will pay tribute to Neil Young. The concert for Young, which honors the rock legend as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year, will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 29. “Aside from the Chili Peppers, who are currently at work on their 10th studio album and first since 2006’s ‘Stadium Arcadium,’ the MusiCares event will boast heavy hitters like Wilco, Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne and Young’s occasional …

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Flavorfull?

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Got an email asking me to subscribe to a website called Flavorpill and so being the easy going fellow I am I did so. Prensented by the Bowery for some obscure reason, it appears to me to be a hit job on Time Out’s cultural monopoly. I check their About column: “Flavorpill is an open network of culturally connected people. Our intuitive platform empowers Flavorpill’s eagle-eyed editors, savvy users, and the world’s best venues to share the most exciting and worthwhile events happening in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London — with more cities on the …

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Solange Knowles and Dirty Projectors????

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What is this I have before me? Why it’s the Dirty Projectors TO DO LIST. Lessee how are they making out… 1. Duet with David Byrne -check2. Release best rock album of the year -check3. Live show at book shop with bjork -check4. Open for TV On The Radio in a rainstorm -check5. Booked to play Lincoln Center – check6. Booked to play Disneyland -check7. Appear on the cover of New York magazine -check8. Record song with Beyonce’s kid sister??? Gotcha you slackers… or maybe not. Yup big time fan Solange Knowles has covered “Stillness Is The Movement” and it …

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Some thoughts On Dance Music 2009

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My feeling about dance (techno, electronica, whatevera) today is nearly exactly the same as my feelings about jazz were twenty years ago. I love it but I don’t grasp it, I don;’t have a clear understanding of how they are doing to me what they are doing to me.That’s an exciting place to be. Listening to a Boyz Noize remix of Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”, “Let The Beat Rock” reminded me of hearing “Mojo Part 1” -it stopped me in my tracks and made me lsiten to it again and again.But it has been that sort of a …

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M. Ward 2005: Visiting His Fraulein

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The more I listen to M. Ward’s “One Life Away’ the more obsessed I become with it. Robert Nevin thought it was about life after death and sneered at the concept. I am not so sure and I’ll get to the reasons why in a minute. First here is the lyric:to all the people undergroundlistening to the sound of the living peoplewalking up and down the graveswell one of them is minei visited my fraulein she’s only one step away to all the people undergroundlistening to the sound of the living peoplebreathing the air todaywell one of them is minei …

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Marilyn Manson’s Snuff Porn

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Women are upset with Marilyn Manson’s video for his lugubrious and bad song “Running To The Edge Of The World”. I say women because men don’t give a shit. It is a horrible little video in which marilyn beats an ex-gf Evan Rachel Wood lookalike with his bare fists… to death. Nasty little revenge fantasy and hardly by any stretch of the imagination an artistic conceptualization of sexual rejection. So I am not going to defend it on anything approaching artistic grounds.No, I’ll defend Marilyn Manson on another ground entirely. Violence against women is endemic in this society. He has …

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Frank Zappa And the Curious Case Of Lumpy Gravy by Mike Nessing

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Earlier this year, The Zappa Family Trust released Lumpy Money, a comprehensive sonic document of two records Frank Zappa released in 1968. One was called We’re Only In It For The Money, and the second titled Lumpy Gravy. One record (WOIIFTM) was an aural bitch slap towards the flower power generation. It also had some scathing commentary about our nation at that time, in that even though the hippies were only “younger, dirtier versions of their parents” they still didn’t deserve to be beaten, herded into jails and in some cases murdered. Lumpy Gravy was an entirely different animal. A …

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Now That’s What They Call Music

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Elton John began his career playing covers of current hits for albums filled with covers of current hits. One stop shopping which were  the ancestors of Now That’s What I Call Music.The Now! series originated with Vigin records in 1983 (US is up to # 32, UK #69) realized if they ponied up royalties to artists whose albums had just fallen off the charts, said artists would give em copywrite to release and everybody would make a ton.Hugely succesful, Now! is now available in just about every country in the world.Though Itunes might seem to have had the potentially to kill …

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This Week Top Ten Albums: Carrie Underwood -Yuck

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1.”Play On” – Carrie Underwood 2. “This Is It” – Michael Jackson 3. “My Christmas” – Andrea Bocelli 4. “Glee: The Music, Volume 21” – various artists 5. “Now That’s What I Call Music! Volume 32” – various artists 6. “Fearless” – Taylor Swift 7. “Raditude” – Weezer 8. “Crazy Love – Michael Buble 9.”If on a Winter’s Night…” – Sting 10.”The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” soundtrack – various artists Ugh, the songs I’ve heard off Play On have been lousy but there she is. A year in and Swift sells more than Weezer, I guess “If You Think I …

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Big Change At Billboard

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Effective next month the Billboard 200 Chart, that’s the main albums chart, will begin to include albums older than 18 months. What this mean is MJ and the Beatles are going to be blowing away Carrie Underwood and The Blueprint 3 for years to come. If Billboard chose to open up the 200 chart they need to start another new release chart so current releases can be accurately tracked. It is going to kill a new band to be unable to hit the charts any more.

Taylor Swift Fearless WInner at CMA Awards

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Taylor Swift won Entertainer of the year along with Female Vocalist and Album of the Year to beg two questions. 1) what are the grammy’s gonna do with her and 2) what’s she going to do for an encore? Honestly, Fearless is an excellent album and the extended Platinum version is better but she isn’t a great live performer and the difference between Swift and Spears is that Spears is a studio product and presents herself as such and Swift is a down home country gal and for all the spills and thrills of over the top live staging, in …

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Lamb Of God Opening For Metallica: Rejoice Rejoice

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Groovemetal band (whatever that means) Lambs Of God are an awesome noise whose “Set To Fall” single from earlier this year is so hard it could bleed your ears off!! The voice sounds, in somewhat gothmetal fashion, like a viking who has just eaten a native American in one bite and is choking on it. Lamb Of God hail from Virginia and have been doing this since 1994 on Ozzfest line ups and for Slayer. Saturday they are opening for Metallica, Metallica playing MSG for the first time in twelve years (I was there for that one, Metallica had the …

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Britney Singles collection review: Heir Apparent

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Writing about pop music isn’t as hard as deciding whether to send troops to  Afghanistan but it isn’t quite as easy as it might look. I have been wondering how to write about Britney Spears’ The Singles Collection since, well, since yesterday but it feels longer. And in a world where I have written some forty posts since I started wondering how to write it yesterday it can feel like a life time of starting (three false starts so far!) and stopping. Nicole Masalsky wandered in a little while ago and i was jammin’ David Guetta’s “Sexy Chick”. Nicole has been …

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Saint Motel’s Pity Party: Undercut by Video

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In anticipation of interviewing multi-media LA titans Saint Motel I went back to the videos. I didn’t have to go back to the songs because I’ve had them on my shuffle since I bought em. A generation or two apart from Saint Motel, I’ve never been entirely comfortable with music videos. I feel about em much like movie adaptions of books: for every the Godfather there is a thousand Bonfire Of the Vanities. The odds are better with Saint Motel, and the videos work for the most part but for every out and out masterpiece video like “Dear Dictator” and …

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This Week In Concerts!!

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By Monday Rock NYC will have reviewed the following concerts!! Ian McLagen – The legendary (Small) Faces keyboardist.Travis – Or at least two of themRadio City Christmas Spectacular – Through the eyes of a seven year old girl!!Metallica – Through the eyes of a fifty-three year old’s sneer.FaForever The Sickest Kids / The  Rocket Summer – Mary Magpie goes to boston   House of Blues Bostonlu – The best for last at Carnegie Hall ROCK NYC: Saving your ears, one pair at a time!!

Bon Jovi’s “The Circle” Reviewed By Todd Leibowitz

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Bon Jovi’s The Circle or if Amazon can rename albums, “The $3.99 Album” Well, I can honestly say that I wasn’t going to purchase this album just because I think Bon Jovi should give it a rest for a while. I felt that they over-stayed their welcome. It seems every year, they are either release an album or go on tour. Enough is enough. Take 5 years off and start fresh. But since it was only $3.99 (this week only at Amazon.com), I said what the hell, give it a shot. So what do I think of it????? I think …

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What Gives At Brooklyn Vegan?

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What gives at Brooklyn Vegan? Just a month ago they were the gold standard of music blogs. They knew everything, they knew everyone, they were a step ahead of the competition. I just loved em even if they didn’t use my reviews any more. But I began to give up on em entirely on weekends because there was no new product there and then I began to notice they just didn’t have the story any more. They didn’t have Steve Tyler. They don’t have Lady Gaga on sale. Eh? Perhaps they’ve been sold? CBS bought Metacritic and destroyed the site. …

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Radio Gaga On Sale Thursday

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This is a big one for Lady Gaga. Assuredly a sell out she needs to prove it all with this tour or Madonna comparisons will disappear faster than you can say… er, Madonna comparisons. I have no idea where the Internet presale is coming from, maybe Steve Diamond knows.  Anyway here is the info. Sure to be January’s top concert. Lady Gaga with Special Guest Kid Cudi and Jason DeRuloRadio City Music HallJanuary 20th and 21st, 2010730pmOnsale to General PublicStart: Fri, 11/13/09 12:00 PM EST Internet PresaleStart: Thu, 11/12/09 10:00 AM ESTEnd: Thu, 11/12/09 10:00 PM EST Ticket PricesUS $49.50 – …

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Dan Aquilante Finds A Band He Doesn’t Like

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After sucking up to every dead or dead tired mogul in the music business, Dan Aquilante finally found someone he doesn’t like, the very good Peter Bjorn and John. In a really pretty fucked up review in today’s New York Post, the chief music critic had this to say: “the band’s problem is the material”, “just enough music in their songbook to dodge one-hit-wonder tag” “stiffling yawns..” inability to sell out, taking audience… the full monty. I don’t believe a word this guy says.

A Sound Salvation by Helen Bach

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I have had a love hate relationship with radio for years. I recall creeping out of bed to listen to late night college radio as a kid and screaming when format changes brought it from punk to classical depending on what student was in there spinning the platters. After that I endured the Rock stations that brought in the same hits by the hour, the Classic Rock hits, the Top 40 stations. But I grew up, got some cash and invested in Satellite radio. 120 stations of no commercial tailor made fun! Yuuuuuuuuuuuus! I had 90s alt, 80s alt, 40s …

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rock nyc: scoop city!!

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Rolling Stone reported “Steven Tyler: I’m Not Leaving Aerosmith; Joins Joe Perry Project at New York Concert 11/11/09, 9:53 am EST Rock NYC reported the story 11/11/09. 7:01 am EST. Not for nothing but we don’t have quite the resources Rolling Stone magazine does but time after time we are beating the big boys on both sides of the Atlantic with the news that matter. Why? because we actually look and try. We reported Morrisey being rushed to hospital an hour after it happened. MJ’s death minutes after TMZ and hours before the Networks. Well done staff, especially Todd.

My Morning Jacket on American Dad, so Conor should definitely be on The Family Guy: Diggity Diggity

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My Morning Jacket on the November 22nd episode of American Dad -they will be playing six songs which doesn’t seem to leave much room for anything else.I read about this all over the place but wanna namecheck Pitchfork for undoubtedly the funniest line: “Members of the My Morning Jacket will play themselves, which is at least a step up from when they played a band called Ruckus in the god-awful Cameron Crowe flick Elizabethtown.”

This Sounds Too Good To Be True: Alan Moore and Damon Albarn collaborating on Gorillaz project

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Alan Moore, the creator of the greatest comic book of all time, Watchmen, and Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the creators of the second greatest comic book rock  band of all time (after Josie And The Pussycats of course) Gorillaz are collaborating on an Opera for Gorillaz to perform (Gorillaz will also be in a Moore inked comic. Albarn has written over seventy songs for the project so the box set should be a wowwer…

After Lincoln Center, Disney Land for Dirty Projectors

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New York Magazine cover boys and Rock NYC Top five album of the years (probably 2nd best after Black Eyed Peas) Dirty Projectors will be following up the previously reported February 19th set at Lincoln center with  a concert at Disneyland. According to tournews: “the Feb. 27 Walt Disney Concert Hall show will feature the LA Philharmonic kicking the evening off with a selection of Dirty Projectors material chosen by the band’s David Longstreth; the group will then play a full set of its own following the orchestral session.” It sounds so good it is achingly good!!

The Jimi Hendrix Live Dream Set List: Step Into His Fire

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At a recent lunch my friend Liam Murphy  and I are got onto the subject of music so while everybody rolled their eyes and tossed their salad we discussed best (not favorite) rock album of all time. Liam went with MJ’s Thriller, me? I went with Are You Experienced? I was being kinda consistent there. In an article for Creem in 1982 I chose the same album for the answer to the same question. Thriller was an excellent album (its greatness lay in its promotional execution) although I am among the crowd who prefer the template for Thriller and everything …

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Helen Bach: Rock Stars Are Faberge Eggs

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My discussion with Art Alexakis got me thinking. Why do we idolize or look up to people who can clank things together or speak in melody (which is all singing is really). What is it about this occupation that causes such a ruckus.They say often that artists are tortured soles who seek the limelight (and what the hell is a limelight anyway?) for the attention they crave or lacked or some other sick psychological desire of acceptance.I have met numerous musicians in my day and I can tell you quite clearly there is now a great divide. Iman spoke once …

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Todd Leibowitz reports: Steve Tyler NOT LEAVING AEROSMITH

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Steve Tyler is NOT LEAVING AERSOMITH , Rocker NYC’s Todd Leibowitz reports. Tyler walked on stage last night while the Joe Perry Project to perform “Walk This Way” At the Fillmore New York. Blabbermouth.net say: “Tyler assured the crowd that — despite rumors to the contrary — he is “not leaving AEROSMITH,” before launching into the track, which was originally released as the second single from the band’s 1975 album Toys in the Attic.” http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=130178 Here is the link for blabbermouth.net, including audio.

!!!i Drummer Jerry Fuchs Tribute Blog

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Brooklyn Indie drummer Jerry Fuchs died Sunday morning attempting to jump from a stalled elevator to the shock of the entire scene. A blog has been started at holyghostnyc.blogspot.com with tributes from all the bands he played with” LCD Soundsystem,holy Ghost, Masarati and others. “Jerry was the star of every band he played with and will be painfully missed by those bands”.

Art Alexakis: Punk Dad Revealed by Helen Bach

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Art Alexakis is a punk rock dad. Tonight, Art took a break from the filming of a documentary spotlighting punk rock dads in which he sings ‘Father of Mine’, to speak with me. From the start I knew for certain I didn’t want to drag up the mans difficult past. Every person, in every corner who Ive seen or spoken to on the topic of Everclear some how found it vital to discuss the absentee father and harsh living conditions Alexakis endured.Today is Arts daughters second birthday. I seized that opportunity to take him for a mind trip back to …

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