rock nyc’s Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration: And Away we go…

Written by | January 26, 2019 11:13 am | 2 responses


(As we move through rock nyc’s tenth year of existence, this is the first post we ever published, April 8th, 2009. I plan to repost certain stories from the 35K we’ve published over the years. I might do a rock nyc overview on the actual date, maybe not -I’m not great at timelines and worse at nostalgia. I began the blog/website at the instigation of my friend Robert Nevin. I was trying to simplify my writing, which could get a little dense…. that didn’t really work out  – IL)

My name is Iman Lababedi. I am 52 years old.
I was a music critic for Creem, the Village Voice and other publications in the ’80s and hung up my typewriter in 1988 never to return.
But i continued to listen to music and I continued to write.
I listen to music just about every waking moment.
I go to a coupla concerts a month at least.
I am going to write about music and only music.
So let’s start like this: concert of the year? Titus Andronicus and Los Campesinos at Bowery Ballroom on February 15th— the night before Paul Simon blew me away at the Beacon (I’d seen him there maybe five years earlier and he was a straight drag so…) but titus and Los camp was the honest roar of teenage (well collegiate) angst personified -I was at the side of the stage, completely trashed and banging my fist till it bruised screaming along to titus: “No more cigarettes, no more having sex, no more drinking till you fall on the floor….” .
And then…
An interminable 45 minute break out and Los Camp -the greatest thing to come out of Wales since tom Jones.
Los Camp may well be the greatest rock band in the world right this second and “You’ll Need those fingers For Crossing” (the encore) is a breathtaking masterpiece…
The last album I downloaded (last night) is Leonard Cohen’s “Live In London” -no opinion yet but I do have tix for his gig at Radio City May 16th and can not wait…
The last concert i saw was Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers at Highline -a great 700 GA to see a band. They were fabulous and the highlight was a terrific “Little Bug” with Spring Standard (the opening band) and a superb “Slap And tickle”. I did catch Squeeze a coupla years ago at the Beacon and thought they were the living breathing definition of mediocre.
The next concert i am going to see is tonight at Joe’s Pub (the best place to see a band since the Bottom Line closed) : former Husker Du frontman Bob Mould… I like him a whole lot…

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