Elizabeth Wight: The Californian Girl As Dance Goddess

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Elizabeth Wight’s secret takes a while to become clear -it would’ve helped if she was blonde. Wight’s secret is she is the epitome of a Californian girl. It’s been a coupla hour since Bret Jensen and I concluded our interview and that’s what stays with me most.Bret is going to the show tonight (at The Danger Halloween Party tonight 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave,, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 10pm) and will be writing a full length profile soon. Consider this my first thoughts. Elizabeth is the lead singer for the excellent dance rock band Love Grenades in town for CMJ. But she …

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Chrissie Hynde: The Great Pretender as Rock Goddess by Helen Bach

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Chrissie Hynde is a Goddess. Lets start there. Everything else is just filler.Chrissie Hynde lead singer front woman head engineer visionary songstress activist HERO was born in 1951. Shes old. She kicks ass. Long ago I fell in love with the Pretenders by ear only. Back then I didn’t hate women singers at all. I’m pretty sure the reason I hate most now is because I hold them to her standard. I believe the first song I heard was Tattooed Love Boys. How hot. Here was a girl not begging for a boy to want her but standing on level …

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Former Suede Singer Brett Anderson Is Back

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Suede were the birthers of the entire Brit Pop movement -a glam pop quartet with a lead singer who looked hotter than Bryan Ferry and sounded like Bovie circa Station To Station. Suede’s first album broke em but their second, Dog  Man Star was the one. Did nothing much stateside but huge in the UK. The aforementioned lead singer not to mention star Brett Anderson has had a pretty ordinary solo career but the man is a stick of dynamite live and he is touring the UK in support of his new album Slow Attack released November 3rd in the …

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Helen Bach, David Letterman, Weezer: They want you to….

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Helen Bach  dragged herself away from writing her eagerly anticipated Chrissie Hynde postt (Chrissie and Helen are Vegans so I’m hoping she’ll allow herself to be distracted from music long enough to nail down some thoughts on Vegetarians vs Carnivore) to email me: “weeeeeeezer on letterman WAKE UP!” Helen hadn’t had three hours slep the night before so perhaps needless to say I was deader  Elvis by then. But in this brave new world you just go on youtube and stream it. Here is the url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i2K901_rAM In looking for a photo to illustrate the post I found myself on …

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New Moon Bands With A Great Idea…

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I remember reading a coupla years ago about 80s tween phenom Tiffany on a shoppong mall tour. At the time I thought it was first rate idea and wondered why more bands didn’t follow in her steps. In the early 80s Uktravox did a tour of High Schools in the UK performing lunch break sets. Great ideas both nobody has seriously followed up on. If I managed Love Grenades I’d have her play at Walmarts. Earlier theis year I saw greatest punk rock band (greatest any band?) in the world at the Whitney museum.The trick about finding an audience is …

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Hall Of Fame Day 2: Fergie and Jaggar? Can’t wait to see the HBO special?

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In an earlier post I mentioned Graham Nash dubbing the Hall of Fame 25th Fame Anniversary concer Woddstock. Not Woodstock. Maybe Live Aid. I couldn’t get a tix to yesterday’s concert but reading the review in the entirely unbiased Rolling Stone it sounds pretty good. Arethar Frankin and Annie Lennox singing “Chain Of Fools”Jeff Beck covering “A Day In The Life”Metallica and Lou Reed singing “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat”Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne playing “Iron Man”As I predicted Ray Davies came out to join in on “You Really Got Me” (though it was his brother who played the guitar …

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The Love Grenades Overkill Weekend Starts Here: Genius of Fun Or Love Or Both??

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In anticipation of the first Rock NYC interview ever, Bret Jensen and my  conversation with the Love Grenades later today, I went in search of more info about the band and found this excellent cover of the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius Of Love” called “Genius Of Fun” off website hardcandymusic.com. Well, a little more than a cover. Grenades leader Wight rewights (sic) the lyric from Tina’s “Watcha gonna do when you get out of jail? I’m gonna have some fun. What do you consider fun? Fun, natural fun” to Elizabeth’s “Watcha gonna do when your mom says no but you gotta save …

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The Flash Forward Soundtrack Debate: Nessing 1 – Lababedi 0

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Last week Mike Nessing and I were debating the use of cover songs on the ABC Network sci-fi procedural Fast Forward. I claimed the use of a cover as opposed to the original version  of “Like A Rolling Stone” during the program was an aesthetic choice, Mike claimed it was a financial decision. Flash forward a week and on last nights episode both Bowie’s “Scary Monsters Super Creeps” and Lennon’s “Across The Universe” are heard on the soundtrack, both are covers (more precisely: both are crap covers) not originals. Ergo, Nessing was right and ABC were counting their ducats and banking …

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The XX’s Guitarist Takes a breather

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This is the downside of having the world so closely focussed upon you. On the heels of a very succesfull CMJ, deafening buzz surrounding them and the likes of Michael Stipes checking em out in London comes reports of cancelled gigs and guitarist-keyboard player Baria Qurishi taking a leave of absense due to exhaustion.I am not quite the fan the rest of the world is but I quite like their quietly lapidary pop tones and am not particularly surprised to read about the cost of success in the rock universe. Let’s Baria returns soon.

Angry Energetic Public Image Ltd Reform…Can a New York concert be far behind???

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I loved Public Image Ltd. with all my heart from  1st Edition to the Flowers Of Romance but despite an Afrika Bambata here and a rise there thought when John Lydon  dumped Jah Wobble and Keith Levine Lydon transformed a band to rival the Sex Pistols into a bunch of yes men. I saw Public Image at the New York Paladium in 1980 -the Metal Box tour, and thought it was a best concert ever contended and I interviewed Lydon a year later and thought he was a wonderful guy. So if I seem mixed towards PiL, I’m not really, and the news …

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Platinum Taylor!!!

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Quite a year for young Taylor, right? A wolf of her own and a Platinum Edition of Fearless, what else can a girl ask for for. I’m a diehard Swifter but I’m not a teenage girl last time I looked so what I want is not the videos and behind the scenes stuff but the new music and with the huge complaint that they still haven’t released “Thug Story” MP3, I passed all on the videos included the “Thug Story” and I passed on the piano version of “Forever and Ever” which left spending seven bucks on five new Swift …

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Spoon feed yourself this January!!!

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In 2007 Spoon released their very well received Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, an album I’ve spent two years on the fence over. In the interim there has been a couple of EPs none of which I particulalrly liked. Put it this wasy, if Spoon and Modest Mouse were to arm wrestle I’d put my bucks on Modest Mouse. It seems to be that there is a world of semi-cool alt rock bands I found a little boring, Death cab and Spoon, Grizzly Bears and Bon Iver. Don’t think they’re bad, mind. Just not all that. However, news of Spoons …

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Who Shot Rock And Roll: 1955 To Present at the Brooklyn Museum

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I got an email from my friend Chris Keidel today. It read: You guys will go nuts if you can go see this – it runs thru the end of January. I saw a tiny fraction of it last night at the opening and was blown away. Im definitely going back. The exhibition is a decades spanning photographic history of rock performers and Chris is quite right, it looks very interesting. Famous fashion and model photographers like Max Vadukul who took this pic of Amy Winehouse for Rolling Stone or icnoic shots like the picture of Little Richards at the …

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Live Setlist for October 29th, 2009 at MSG

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Here is the setlist from last night:Crosby, Stills and Nash – Woodstock /Marrakesh Express / Almost Cut My Hair Crosby, Stills, Nash and Bonnie Raitt – Love Has No Pride Crosby, Stills and Nash – Midnight Rider Crosby, Stills, Nash and Jackson Browne – The Pretender Crosby, Stills, Nash and James Taylor – MexicoLove the One You’re WithPaul Simon – Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes / Me and Julio Down by The Schoolyard / You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon and Dion – The Wanderer Paul Simon, Crosby and Nash – Here Comes the SunPaul Simon – Late in …

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The 25th Anniversary of the Rock And roll Hall Of Fame October 29th, 2009 at Madison Square Garden: da doo ron ron ron

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During Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”at the 25th Year Anniversary of the Hall Of fame concert last night at Madison Square Garden, former Rage Against the Machine was doing stuff to his guitar still illegal in some States. From one end to the other his wrist did flips and the guitar squealed with outrage -I have a live version with Tommy and Bruce from the Magic Tour and he creamed that pretty good version tonight. Tommy had written in magic marker across the body of his guitar  the legend “Arm The Homeless”. A little insurrection from the establishment, right?The grandiloquent …

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Mixed Doubles Tapes By Helen Bach

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As any self respecting music lover knows the mixed tape is an amazing gift to receive as well as give. Its funny how many relationships began with a song or with ‘songs’.. This fine day I was on my way to work and hit the shuffle button to be awoken to the blaring horn of Harry Connick Jr. “I…. know you…….so well………”, amazing. And so began my thoughts. Funny how intense the simple selection of songs can be. Awhile back I invested in a nifty iTouch and just recently loaded all my ‘mixed’ discs’ on to it. Yay hit shuffle …

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Late In The Evening And the Music Seeping Through: First thoughts on the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll hall Of Fame Concert Last Night

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Last nights concert began at 8pm, ended at 130am, and was, essentially, four one hour sets plus guests. The sets were by Crosby Stills and Nash, Paul SImon, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen. The guests included BB King and Billy Joel. It was very good, if not, as Nash claimed, “woodstock” -it wasn’t even Woodstock II. Occasionally it was great. The best set was by (surprise, surprise) Springsteen, the worst by CSN but nobody came close to embarrassing themselves. The best moment, indeed one of the few transcendental moments, was Stevie Wonder playing “The Way You Make Me Feel” with …

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Very Intimate Music and generation xyz by Bret Jensen

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For this column, I was tasked with assembling thoughts on the music that was playing when I (and an anonymous group of others) first “got intimate”. This thought bothered the hell out of me at first. It irked me because my first and I had no music on. In fact, without giving up too much personal information, I realized that only 20% of my partners and I had music upon on-getting. Feeling a little paranoid at the realization, I started asking friends what they had playing on their first time. They answered similarly… “I can’t remember” or “Nothing”. Is it …

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Best Bootleg Ever? Nirvana’s In Utero Demos

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Best Bootlegs? Around the time Dylan’s Bootleg series vol 1 – 3 was released I picked up something dubbed The Real Bootleg Series and it was pretty hot stuff. Like the version of “Hurricane” the record label banned because they were scared of being sued for libel… lotsa tracks off the original Blood on the Tracks before he brought in the unknown Minneapolis session players and rerecorded the album (there’s only one song on the official bootleg -gets confusing right?). What else? I have two really obscure Brian Wilson boots. Blessed Insanity which is outtakes from Wilson’s first solo album …

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Andrew Hoover’s debut album reviewed by Mike Nessing

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Andrew Hoover is 21 years old. Looks like he’s from Fairfield County, CT and probably whips up quite a good meal. That’s because in addition to playin’ and singin’ he’s done some apprenticeship time at some high end Southern CT eateries. The bio on his website said a sisterly comment inspired him to pick up the guitar, but the question begs, was it a negative comment? Siblings can be so cruel, and inquiring minds need to stir up shit. His first full album is called Chances, Stances and Romances.The sounds enclosed here are of considerable high energy combined with an …

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Another day, another act of arrogance by U2

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U2 will be performing a free concert on November 5th during the MTV Europe Music Awards. It will occur on the Branderburg Bridge in Germany to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I can’t be bothered with all the insults these hubristic twits deserve. Helen, you are much better at it. Please knock em down to size for us…

Peter Gabriel 2010 Covers Album: The Correct Use of Backscratching

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Look at this way, if Peter Gabriel  isn’t going to reform Genesis and perform The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, and if he isn’t going to release an album of new material, a cool covers album is infinitely better than an eleven CD Live Box Set. And this one looks juicy.Scratch My Back includes Regina Spektor. Radiohead and Elbow (otherwise know as Baby Radiohead) songs. Here is the tracklist for the album due to drop Spring 2010:‘”Heroes”‘ (David Bowie)‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ (Radiohead)‘The Book Of Love’ (Magnetic Fields)‘Flume’ (Bon Iver)‘My Body Is A Cage’ (Arcade Fire)‘Listening Wind’ (Talking Heads)‘I Think It’s Going to Rain …

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Stone Temple Music: Tiny Music? Big Album

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I was never a big STP fan but I loved their Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop and firmly believe “Pop Love’s Suicide” is one of the great songs of the grunge era. It was as though they took Eddie Vedder and mixed him with Marc Bolan. At Madison Square Garden in 1996 they were much, much better than Smashing Pumpkins who I saw at the same venue around the same time. Now comes news that STP are releasing a new album which begs the question. Scott Weiland’s still alive?

Richard Hawley and Lisa Marie Presley: Wearying

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Richard Hawley is the former Pulp guitarist who has had a successful UK career though whom I find a bit histrionic for my liking. Lisa Marie Presley is Elvis’s little girl whom she wouldn’t listen to sing if you were paid if she wasn’t Elvis’s little girl. “Weary” is the song that, according to Pitchfork, the pair wrote together and played at a Hawley concert in London earlier this month. They are currently working on songs together. Hey, maybe it’s what they both need…

Lil Wayne: Mix tape “No Ceiling” better than official releases

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The pic above is of Lil Wayne and his daughter. Wonder how much she’ll have grown by the time he gets out of jail? That’s personal I guess but on a business level, Weezy should get his act together and release some of “No Ceiling” if for no other reason than to get his name out there. I hate mix tapes mostly because I can never find the suckers, you always end up on websites where they want $50 to join the site with the promise of the mix tape I dashed if I’m gonna invest that much money on …

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The Most Gifted Singer In The Known Universe, Falu, Returns To Joe’s Pub

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I don’t know how I could love Falu more. The incomparable Hindi American singer songwriter’s self-titled album is one of  my favorite albums of all time. Released in 2007 it is a flawless gem, a perfect mix of traditional an Western influences. I am not exaggerating, i promise you. “Hey Baby” and “Without You” is as good as modern pop gets, better. I am going to catch her at Carnegie Hall November 14th. A Sunday 1pm concert so I love Falu enough to dump the Giants for her. Now comes word that Falu returns to Joe’s Pub Friday,  January 8th, 2010 …

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Nick Jonas Has Recorded a Solo Album

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Nick is the Jonas Brothers who has it all, not engaged, not ill with diabetes, able to give Taylor Swift a dissing Kanye West can only dream of (Nick dumped her via text!!), the best looking one of the bunch and the boy who writes the songs that makes the tween girls swoon, he is now the first to record a solo album according to his Mommy -who should know. Make the most of the Brothers Jonas’ kiddies, Nick is just a step away from morphing into Donnie Osmond or Michael Jackson or both.

I get it wrong… AGAIN!!!

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There is a reason why I am writing a blog and not programing the music for tween movies. After my lambasting of the New Moon soundtrack as a tone deaf piece of crap that missed its demo by a mile, the album reached # 1 in its second week of release with sales of 153,000 copies.

Carly Simon: Fair Vanity

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On October 27th, 2009, Carly Simon and her son Ben Taylor were at daytrotter’s Illinois studios recording four songs for daytrotter.com. They are wonderful and imma gonna get back to them but first a word or two about Carly Simon.Back in my High School days I had huge fights with my good friend Henri Chahinian about just how good Carly Simon was. I thought she was alright for a coupla songs but could never maintain it, he worshipped her. I thought she looked like a transexual Mick Jagger, he thought she was luscious. As an aside I went in search …

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Protests Disrupt “This Is It” Premiere

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According to AFP “a group of Jackson devotees are protesting the film on their website “This-Is-Not-It”, claiming that the movie gives a misleading image of the singer, reported to have been in frail health before his sudden death. ‘The true state of Michael Jackson?s failing health was being hidden from you by those who are making a profit from the screening of the ‘This is It’ movie,’ the group said in a statement.” Page Six report that protesters handed out leaflets to fans going to the premiere Tuesday night. They read: “(MJ) was neglected, used, and emotionally tormented until his …

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Love Grenades Upcoming Interview With Rock NYC on Halloween…

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This Saturday Bret Jensen and I are interviewing the LA electronic dance band Love Grenades before going to a loft in Brooklyn to catch em live.I haven’t interviewed a band in decades and I always found it an uncomfortable experience. If you’re throwing soft balls you look like a punk and you’re getting quotes that have appeared in a thousand publications, so the only way to break through the facade is to ask the tough questions.In an interview with Chris Difford of Squeeze, a band I worshipped, I told Chris Difford Squeeze’s new album Cosi Fan Tutti Fruitti, was a …

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“This Is It” Movie One Star Review In New York Post

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Lou Lemenick, New York Post, dropped a bomb on the anticipated (how eagerly is another question entirely) MJ rehearsal motion picture. In yesterday’s post Leminick wrote “i(“This Is It”) is sadly — and reprehensively, if you ask me — the movie equivalent to the National Enquirer’s infamous post-mortem shot of Elvis Presley” Heavy duty. While the excellent film critic doesn’t mention the music he does discuss the dancing, which seemed fine in the minutes I’ve viewed so far: “Jackson moves stiffly and lethargically, suggesting even a shadow of his former self”. He concludes: “Could Jackson and his collaborators have whipped …

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He’s A Real Nowhere Boy…

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As eagerly awaited as anything this season is Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, a biopic about John Lennon’s childhood. No Beatle songs but the coming attractions looks like the best Beatle flick since that one abour Stu Sutcliff  Backbeat (plot spoiler: Stu dies at the end). Nowhere Boy looks similar only a coupla years earlier. The kid playing Macca? He’s the little tosser from Love, Actually -Liam’s step-son. Here is the url for the coming attraction:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Km9L1Sqd0

Joe Firstman, Benjy Davis Project, Andrew Hoover Free MP3s

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In anticipation of the Rock Ridge Showcase on November 11th, 2009 at Sullivan Hall, Rock Ridge are giving free MP3s of their three artists:Still Sweet” by Benjy Davis Project “Today” by Joe Firstman, “Saturday” by Andrew Hoover. here is the zip file. Enjoy!http://bit.ly/november11

Renasissance Man Malcolm Mclaren in Philadelphia…

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When Helen Bach read the notice below her response was “I can only hope it tours! otherwise I have til 1/3 to get to Philly! Nifty!” PHILADELPHIA – In his nearly four decades as a vanguard of pop culture, Malcolm McLaren has worn many hats: musician, producer, filmmaker, impresario, fashion designer, reality TV star. At age 63, the one-time manager of The Sex Pistols is adding another discipline to his resume: visual artist. “Shallow 1-21,” a series of 21 short video works that combine snips of obscure 1960s sex films with musical “cut-ups” by McLaren, is on view at the …

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New Lil Wayne Mixtape

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Lil Wayne  ended  2008 with a terrible mix tape, and 2009 has been worse -with a disappointing couple of guitar based rsongs, a ditched album and finally, and by far the worst, a year in jail for weapons possession. So the raves for his new mix tape No Ceiling while hardly tidings of great joy are at least a step in the right direction. I haven’t heard it yet but i will be searching the internet tonight!!!

The Smith Westerns: Ahh to be twenty and drunk and disorderly

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Despite the jibs of some readers when I said I liked the Smith Westerns opening for Los Campesinos at Webster Hall awhile back, guess what? I did like em and I liked “Be My Girl”. Now comes word they got tossed from the Music Hall of Williamsburgh on Saturday October 24th, 2009 after being warned about underage drinking and completely ignoring the warnings, knocking back Jagermeister straight from the bottle WHILE ON STAGE!!! I understand the room could lose their license but cmon, they’re twenty year old kids in a rock band, what do you think they’re gonna do. If …

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I Met the Web Sheriff (But I did not meet the Web Deputy)

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A couple of days I wrote a post about the Van Morrison song “I Forgot That Love Existed”.  A great song. I post so much that it took a while for me to notice I had a comment on the review. I checked it out and this is how it read: WEB SHERIFF said… WEB SHERIFFProtecting Your Rights on the InternetTel 44-(0)208-323 8013Fax 44-(0)208-323 8080websheriff@websheriff.comwww.websheriff.comHi Iman,On behalf of Exile Productions, Exile Publishing, Exile Films and Lion Records, many thanks for plugging Van Morrison and, if you / your readers would like good quality, non-pirated previews from Van’s latest album and …

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hmmmm…. should we mention this one?

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I don’t hate Chris Brown simply because he beat the shit out of Rihanna. Hitting on women  sure don’t help his cause but there is no connection between great music and nice people as Rock NYC’s ongoing Nasty Bastards series proves. I hate Chris Brown because with the exception of the T-Pain collab “Kiss Kiss” he sucks. Anyway, if you care here is the presale…

Tip Toe Through The Bongos

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Who didn’t love the late great Tiny Tim. Quiet possibly the sweetest  pop star of all time? Tiny Tim was viewed as Alice Cooper with a ukelele instead of a guillotine, but he was actually an old time vaudevillian dressed up as a hippie eccentric. I read this story yesterday and its a doozy. When Richard Barone, formerly of NY 80s pop group the Bongos, was sixteen years old, he was trying to get into a club to see Tiny Tim but underage he couldn’t get in to the club. So hanging in the lobby with his pals ge met Tiny Tim. …

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“In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning” reviewed by Mike Nessing: This Thing Called Love

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Depending on who you ask, In The Wee Small Hours is the first successfully executed concept album. Meaning that one unified theme is a common thread throughout each and every song. That being the theme of lost love and isolation. Sinatra had attempted previously to release something that would be more than just an album of songs. Now with the birth of the new 33 1/3” LP format and it’s long playing capability, Frank’s vision would at last bear the desired fruit.The title track and album opener is a sublime combination of orchestra and voice. Two verses, no chorus. The …

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New Music Released Tuesday October 27th, 2009: Bunnymen and Crocodiles

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Things I Need Too Know – Echo And The Bunnymen Around their album Heaven Up Here I was a huge fan of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Doorsy psychedelia. I mean, if it was between A Teardrop Explodes psychic damaged and Echo’s emotional trauma I was going with the latter. But the Bunnymen made up and broke, and I kinda lost interest till tragedy struck. Septmeber 1st of this year keyboard player Jake Brockman died in a motorbike accident. The band played two sold out nights at the Bowery ballroom and have just released their latest album the Fountain. The lead …

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Rock Ridge Music Showcase at Sullivan Hall, November 11th, 2009: Would They Lie To You?

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Rock Ridge Music are the cats behind bands like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Sister Hazel, Reel Big Fish, Steve Wynn, and, holy moley, Bernie Williams. You probably know all these guys, i do, and I have a lot of time for many of them, but just to refresh your memory it is THE DREAM SYNDICATE -one of the great garage psychedelia hoo hah bands, Steve Wynn and it is Bernie Williams -who is a very accomplised guitarist as well as the brown eyed handsome man centerfielder from the Yanks who I saw  come  from behind to the Astros 1 – 10 and …

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Chimps In Mourning

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When I started this blog I promised myself to only write about music, to remain faithful, and in six months I have only posted about music. But promises are made to be broken and I hereby equivocate!! This pictures of chimpanzees mourning the passing of their elder on the way to burial in silence from the National Geographic goes to the heart of the question as to what it means to have a soul or an afterlife or even the concept of a life and death.

The Paul McCartney Live Dream Set List: Baby, Don’t You Let Me Down Tomorrow

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Sure I saw McCartney at Citifield earlier this year, quite liked it to. Wrote about it on this very blog. But if I had a problem with the concert it is just about what you’d think it would be: the back up sucked and the set list was a little snoozy. So I am going to do Sir Paul a big fave and give him the creative kick in the tush he needs. Let’s stick him in the Beacon for this set. Let’s call this outfit: Paul McCartney and the Band On The Run. Here’s the line up: Paul McCartney: …

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The Bottom Line Owner Allan Pepper responds to “Best New York Club Ever” Post

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I was very pleased to receive an email from The Bottom Line co-owner Allan Pepper in response to my “Best NYC Nightclub” ever post. Mr. Pepper”s email to me and my response follows. Dear Iman,Thank you for your heartfelt words about The Bottom Line. They are appreciated more than you might realize. Stanley and I ran the Bottom LIne as a labor of love for three weeks short of 30 years when that run was brought to a premature end by New York University.As you might know we are are working non stop on trying to assemble the elements which …

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Fall Out Boys New Single reviewed By Helen Bach: Same As It Ever Was

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Alpha Dog – Fall Out BoyIts nice to hear Patrick Stump still got the pipes!Pete may be a dad, Joe may be buried in his own ‘fro and Andy may be slamming up a storm for vegan rights… but……theyre still Fall Out Boy.Problem is… theyre stuck. Musically theyre just as tight as ever. The saving grace here is the layering of vocals. The depth is amazing. I do have to say the chorus is pathetic, could we cut that part out? I cant help if this song was written for something, is this going to be a closing credit song …

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October Missive From Blue Helen

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This just in from Rock NYC writer Helen Bach: “Two confirmed dates for Blue October at the end of November! hurrrrrrrrray!k back to the real world…” With Helen you can never tell but she might choose to divulge more info at any moment so I’ll keep you posted.