Lists

The Greatest Albums Of All Time Right This Minute Male Division

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2020

Jimi remains on top at least since my list in 1986 for Creem

The Greatest Albums Of All Time Right This Minute Female Division

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2020

for what it’s worth the first two are undeniable….

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 40 – 31

By Steve Crawford | April 15, 2020

shave and a haircut, two bits

What My Facebook Friends Are Listening To During The Pandemic

By Iman Lababedi | April 13, 2020

John Prine because he just died, REM and the Beatles because they’re comfort food, songs that speak directly to the moment like “Life During Wartime” and personal faves galore

Ten Young LA Bands You Need To Know

By Alyson Camus | September 8, 2017

their name sounds retro

Beyonce’s Setlist 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 29, 2016

Where is “Irreplaceable”, where is “1+1”? Where is “XO”

Oldies But Goldies: Kristin Diab’s Playlist From 2009

By Iman Lababedi | April 28, 2016

Very attuned to body functionality

The Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band Of All Time: The Velvet Underground

By Steve Crawford | March 17, 2016

Hopefully, a few lives have been saved by rock ‘n’ roll in the process

Bob Dylan Is Back On Tour For 2016: The Setlist Should be Something Like This

By Iman Lababedi | March 16, 2016

From “Blowin’ In The Wind” to “Love Sick”? That will do the job.

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands #2: The Beach Boys

By Steve Crawford | March 16, 2016

There are a small handful of true geniuses that have worked in the field of pop music and Brian Wilson is one of them.

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands #3: Parliament/Funkadelic

By Steve Crawford | March 15, 2016

In the P-Funk universe, the drugs flow continuously, the dancing never stops, and Saturday night never ends.

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands #4: The E Street Band

By Steve Crawford | March 14, 2016

“I told a story with the E Street Band that was, and is, bigger than I ever could have told on my own.”

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands #5: The Replacements

By Steve Crawford | March 13, 2016

It took very little for the always combustible parts of the band to explode in chaotic directions.

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, #10 – #5

By Steve Crawford | March 12, 2016

HEY HO, LET’S GO DOWN

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part VIII – #20 to #11

By Steve Crawford | March 10, 2016

On this leg of our voyage – mock executions, cross dressing, kicking out the jams.

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part VII – #31 to #21

By Steve Crawford | March 8, 2016

Things to enjoy in this segment – peanut butter, Tokyo, serial murderers, peaches

The Adele Setlist 2016

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2016

She is the Rod Stewart of MOR?

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part IV – #65 to 56

By Steve Crawford | February 29, 2016

There were several dysfunctional relationships within the band, leading to their breakup in 1969

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part III #75 – # 66

By Steve Crawford | February 26, 2016

We take a stroll through “Paradise City,” where the grass is green and the girls are pretty

The 100 Greatest American Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part II (#90 – #76)

By Steve Crawford | February 20, 2016

Susanna Hoffs is just always nice to have around.

America’s Greatest 100 Rock ‘n’ Roll Bands, Part 1(#100 – #91)

By Steve Crawford | February 16, 2016

When it comes to popular music, individual mileage always varies

Jeff Lynne’s ELO SetList From Last Night, Friday, November 20th, 2015, At Irving Plaza Plus Film From The Show

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2015

“Turn To Stone” early and those two songs before Jeff returns to his true roots with a Berry cover. I’m telling you, if I miss many more concerts this big I am handing in my keyboard and becoming a chartered accountant.

The Ultimate Madonna Concert Setlist… But She’ll Never Listen

By Iman Lababedi | September 14, 2015

Four from Rebel Heart because business is business and I love the album any way, but none off Hard Candy, Confessions From The Dancefloor, American Life, I’m Breathless (though I seriously considered “Hanky Panky”) and Who’s That Girl? Two from Music and three from Ray Of Light.

President Obama’s Summer Playlist 2015 Reviewed!

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2015

The first thing that jumps out here is the complete lack influence his teenage daughters have over Barack Obama.on this playlist. one of whom is pictured above in a “Pro Era” tee shirt -the rap collective which includes Joey Bada$$ and Dirty Sanchez. Perhaps we don’t expect the POTUS to be namechecking them, but this is the man who quoted Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” on the Presidential trail and pals about with Queen Bey, so he must have a feel for pop but pop is resolutely invisible. .

It’s A Tradition: Pitchfork Compile Their Upcoming Albums Of The Summer, We Steal It

By Iman Lababedi | July 7, 2015

So given the facts, I neither want to provide a link and barely want to mention them at all. I just went in search of a quote of one of their dumbass reviewers, but all three I read were pretty good so here is the upcoming albums. You know what to expect right, Jason Isbell, The Chemical brothers and Tame Impala and that’s just next week…

Kanye West’s Setlist From Glastonbury Last Night

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2015

“I AM THE GREATEST LIVING ROCKSTAR ON THE PLANET!” Kanye West claimed at Glastonbury yesterday and if you disagree maybe you should move on to bro country… I can’t think of a planet where that probably isn’t true and if West is the divining line in modern pop music stick me on any side he is on.

Morrissey Is None Of Your Business

By Iman Lababedi | June 23, 2015

There is a sense of today about the setlist, it is so deeply buried in the present and personally if I had my choice only two of these songs would be on the setlist and that is why, if nothing else at all, Mo goes his own way and does his own thing. Morrissey Is None Of My Business…

Ed Sheeran Plays Forest Hills Next Thursday, May 28th, So Here Is The Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | May 22, 2015

I like the kid a lot, but don’t love him, still he has a handful of cracker songs. Two of his best songs are here, one of them “Even My Dad Does Sometimes” is MIA. Plus a little skimpy? I figure he is giving 90 minutes.

U2 Opened Their Tour In Vancouver Yesterday, Here Is Their (First) Setlist 2015

By Iman Lababedi | May 15, 2015

Er, I love U2 live even if I can’t much take em on record but really… to evoke his childhood this way is to provoke nausea in most people. I get it though, it is like Smallville and wee little Bono is the Superboy dreaming of saving the world.

30 Essential ‘70’s Songs from the Lone Star State

By Steve Crawford | April 29, 2015

The following excerpts from Steve Crawford’s book “1000 Essential Songs from the 1970s focuses on Texas born or Texas based artists with entries from Waylon, Willie, Ray Price, ZZ Top, Billy Joe Shaver, the late, great Townes Van Zandt, and many other musicians who were completely comfortable wearing cowboy hats.

Some Girls Belong To Some Songs

By Iman Lababedi | April 28, 2015

Sure, songs remind you of times and places but does it remind you of some girls. For me I tend to let the girl dictate to me the song and I don’t mean our song, she might not even know it is our song, but somethings a song and a girl will come together…. Here is five such times.

25 Philadelphia (or Philly Inspired) Soul Classics from the 1970s

By Steve Crawford | April 22, 2015

What was the most important and influential U.S. city in terms of 1970’s music? A strong argument could be made for Philadelphia. Producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell created a silky soul sound that resulted in a string of hit records early in the decade and the disco beat was popularized by MFSB drummer Earl Young. Listed below are 18 tracks that were Philly creations, then several more inspired by the same sound and production techniques

Twenty Five British Classic Rock Tracks from the 1970s

By Steve Crawford | April 20, 2015

After the British Invasion took America by storm in 1964, U.S. radio listeners long remained fascinated with U.K. musicians, who often were simply updating the Delta and Chicago blues traditions with a better sense of style. The U.K. bands represented below range from the traditional hard rock and metal of The Who and Led Zeppelin to the more progressive rock styles of The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd

Twenty Rare Essential Soul Tracks from the 1970s

By Steve Crawford | April 17, 2015

Their organ/percussion heavy version of “Apache” wasn’t a hit, but was latter dubbed “the national anthem of hip hop” and has been sampled by Missy Elliot, LL Cool J, Moby, Nas, and Grandmaster Flash. Drummer Jim Gordon, who had played with Derek and the Dominoes, was responsible for what would become one of rap music’s most famous beats.

The 25 Greatest Songs of 1981

By Steve Crawford | April 11, 2015

If your ears were glued to pop radio stations in 1981, you would have been enjoying “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, “Lady” by Kenny Rogers, and “Theme from ‘Greatest American Hero’ (Believe It or Not)” by the handsome and multi-talented Joey Scarbury. Scarbury also recorded “Flashbeagle” for the 1984 Peanuts special It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, an animated tale about a rogue pooch who was repeatedly arrested for indecent exposure.

Songs Of Faith: Happy Whatever

By Iman Lababedi | April 3, 2015

This list of songs belong to my friend Steve, who is a very nice guy and a very social guy. I like some of em, “Judas” is an inspired choice, “Faith” a great song by any standards, but is “Stairway To Heaven” really a song of faith? Indeed, how is “Both Sides Now” a song of faith. I mean faith in not knowing?

Rock Stars And Their Famous Children

By Iman Lababedi | April 3, 2015

One of the saddest days in the year for me are Father’s Day, it is the one where it becomes clear that I have no children and nieces and nephew aren’t a substitute. It is a day dreamy concern (I don’t like the responsibility of a woman or a cat so it would be a form of hell…) but when you hear songs like this it triggers something. Less the urge to continue the Iman line and much more the urge to be loved

Listen To Every Genre Of Music With ‘Every Noise at Once’

By Alyson Camus | March 29, 2015

Scroll around the page and you will find what you are looking for, from ‘baroque ensemble’, to ‘pop gaze’, from Arab folk’, to ‘French punk’ and ‘Ukrainian rock’, from ‘filter house’ to ‘new rave’, you name i

The Who Opened Their Hits 50! Final Tour In London Wednesday… Here Is The Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | March 27, 2015

My problem with the Who in 2015 (well, 2013) is they are too bombastic, I love the psychedelic pop group Who vastly more than the heavy duty hard rock band. Much better “I’m A Boy” than “Behind Blue Eyes”. Still, this is a great setlist, it is a careerist setlist. I can’t wait to see em at Barclay Center. “I Can See For Miles” was the fourth song I ever learnt to play…

The 25 Greatest Songs of 1980

By Steve Crawford | March 24, 2015

“Crawford, you are a first rate goldbricker. When will you start earning your keep, you lousy bum?” “Um…hello…is this my mom?” “Funny. Do you know what it means to be a contributing writer to Rock NYC?” “Limited street cred with aging punk rock strippers?” “It means you actually write for us. Alyson Camus sends in more articles in a week than you do in six months.”

Muse Live Setlist 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2015

This setlist might have problems selling Arenas in the US (forget stadiums). Where is “Madness” for one obvious question? And while there best live moment is here “Stockholm Syndrome”, it assumes too much on the audience. What is “Agitated” doing here?

Laura Marling’s Top 10 Songs

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2015

I have been thinking hard about the new Laura Marling album, Short Movie, getting ready to review the Tuesday release, and also getting ready for the Monday concert at Warsaw. I’ve had it in heavy rotation and then began dipping into Laura’s earlier albums.

Taylor Swift’s Top 10 Songs OF ALL TIME

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2015

Our Song – Despite the fiddle and the plunking guitar and the hee haw, this was a pure pop stroke that stands as a highway sign to the next three years and an instantly romantic song, thanking god for another great day.

A Show I Sincerely Regret Missing: David Crosby At City Winery A Year AGo

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2015

This was City Winery, you can’t find ticket brokers for it, they don’t provide tickets so why didn’t I think, “oh ok, I haven’t heard Croz yet, but if it is a dog I’ll just blow off the $60 or whatever and if it is good? So much the better, right? That was what a smart person would do but nooooo.

Bjork At Carnegie Hall, Saturday March 7th, 2015 Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2015

Working her way through her ninth and one of her best albums, the recently released Vulnicara, what I know about the show is what I read in the tabs: the Post, NYT and USA Today all raved, though, reading between the lines a little, Bjork and her 15 member orchestra may have been a little snoozy at times.

Madonna Versus Lady Gaga? Madonna.

By Iman Lababedi | March 6, 2015

I am as completely unbiased when it comes to music as I can be,, and if you want proof here is my review of Madonna at Yankee Stadium. But there is doubting her pop music genius and while Lady Gaga may one day find herself in the same league, it sure hasn’t happened yet.

Maroon Five Are Playing Locally, Here Is The Setlist (Spotified)

By Iman Lababedi | March 4, 2015

Maroon 5 are performing a skimpy though career spanning 17 song set. Three out of the four songs from V (their latest) are already hits, though the five songs from Overexposed feels like overkill and surely Songs About Jane is over represented

Kat Edmonson Is Playing Le Poisson Rouge, Here Is The Setlist Spotified

By Iman Lababedi | March 3, 2015

My problem with The Big Picture is my problem with Kat: her voice is so damn distinctive even when she is covering blues, country, rock, it all sounds like Kat. Good over a coupla of songs but a little too much over an hour. But I may be wrong and this is a great setlist.

Leading Up To Sleater Kinney’s Late February Gig 2015: The Spokane, WA Setlist, Spotified

By Iman Lababedi | February 10, 2015

Well, I know we are both salivating at that three song mini set i the middle of the encore. The only song from Call The Doctor is one of the best they’ve got and it is surrounded by their two other best songs ever. Otherwise, I am less of a fan of their other stuff though they scatter the wealth pretty well and altogether, scuse me if I get very very excited now

“That Lucky Old Sun” Spotified And Reviewed Over And Over

By Iman Lababedi | February 7, 2015

An unescapable world for Dylan and a heaven in the heavens for the sun. Dylan gives the song the deepness of age, the weariness it bears itself. The music, more than anywhere else here sounds like classicist (indeed, all the songs here sound like they are arranged for a full orchestra – Grade: A