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Death By iPod- Can New Yorkers Walk and Chew Gum At The Same Time? -By Helen Bach

By admin | January 29, 2011

New York City, state senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), thinks you’re an idiot. Yup he is reinstating his plea for banning iPods at crosswalks in New York. Why? Cuz you weirdos are dropping like flies. There is no doubt that driving in the city is a contact sport. You and your plastic ear buds are assigned…

Johnny Rotten: Green Day Are Like Cloth Hangers -by Alyson Camus

By admin | January 29, 2011

Johnny Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, who has been living in Los Angeles for about 20 years now, recently gave an interview to the LA Times to promote his latest project ‘Mr. Rotten’s Scrapbook’, a limited edition book and a sort of collection of doodles, drawings and writings. But among other things, and in a true…

New Music Week Of January 24th: I've Heard Stranger Things -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | January 29, 2011

Power (Paper Diamond remix) – Kanye West – This is the sound of dance being sidetracked by bpms and wrestling each other to the floor,     I Know You’re Hip – Leale Neale – Know who she reminds me of? Neither do I but there her voice has a certain bluesy ache to it……

New Music Week Of January 17th, 2010: Can't love -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | January 24, 2011

I know, I know. I completely forgot to write this up last week!!! I Can’t Love – Lael Neale – Less country, more pop, it percolates and bops ever upwards. There is a fretful depression to it masked by a sugar sweet melody. In other words: it is really rock and roll. The ending is…

American Idiots Stunt Casting

By admin | January 24, 2011

 So is the role of St. Jimmy in the godawful “American Idiot” , the rock and roll equivalent of Billy Flynn in “Cabaret”? Billy Armstrong was the first replacement as St. Jimmy, Usher has already performed Billy once. “Cabaret” uses six week celebrity cameos, folks like Melanie Griffith (who can neither sing or dance),…

Pandora is Watching You -By Helen Bach

By admin | January 24, 2011

Pandora is kinda scaring me. I have made no bones about the fact that I’m pretty computer lame.  I’m not one to mp3 rip burn whatfucking ever, Id rather just go buy the damn disc and get on with my life. Pandora came into my world after my enraged and very ugly breakup with satellite radio.…

What The Fuck Is Brooklynvegan???

By admin | January 24, 2011

To worry about what rock nyc is, is to worry about what other blogs are. I don’t know what I’m doing but brooklynvegan is easy to descrive -its a new york concert guide for alt and indie, less on the jazz but if the urge takes. Crap at reviews, never has a bad word for…

Ignorance And Popular Music -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | January 24, 2011

In Rolling Stone,there is an interview with Bruno Mars where the writer is backstage at MSG when Katie Couric and her daughter meet and greet. After Couric leaves, he asks who she was. Wow. That is pretty breatakingly ignorant for a 30 something: I get the concept of insulated and idiot savant, but I don’t…

Song For A Tweet: Annoying, Intrusive Idea, Are Attack, Attack Worth It? -By Helen Bach

By admin | January 22, 2011

There is an annoying trend going on in AltWorld. See bands are streaming songs or videos but to access them you’re going to need to do them a favor. “song for a tweet’ is a hot one.  Tweet band information and they’ll let you download a song for free. Another obnoxious band told its facebook…

Worst Pazz And Jop Poll Ever

By admin | January 21, 2011

I remember when I a) not only participated in b) not only eagerly anticipated but c) considered it the state of the art in both rock criticism and rock music. Now it is a straight drag. The albums: Kanye, LCD, Janelle, AF, VF; the singles: lotsa Kanye, Cee Lo, Robyn. Again, no shockers. OK, what…

Paul Allen's Own Personal Rock Band!!!

By admin | January 20, 2011

 Talk about how the other half live! Hypebot, my new go to website for the best tech stories imaginable, came up with this one. Paul Allen of Microsoft has his own go to rock band and they are on call 24/7. Most of the time they do nothing but a coupla times a month…

The Beatles Have Sold 5M Downloads in TWO MONTHS

By admin | January 19, 2011

The surprise is not that the Beatles sold 5 million downloads in two months. The surprise is that so many people waited so long to buy a song by the Beatles. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t own the lot at this point? Is it another generation? I’d love to see the stats on it. Anyway,…

The Shirelles Coming To Broadway!!!

By admin | January 16, 2011

Sure I sound like an LCD Soundsystem song, “I was there, I was there…” . The difference is, how cool dya consider this? I was at Town Hall (in the front row) when the Shirelles played there as part of a 60s in revue thingy. I consider watching the original singers behing “Mama Said”. “Soldier…

Opening Of Spiderman Broadway Put Off Till March

By admin | January 15, 2011

 The opening of (can’t we first fix the name?) “Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark” , the Broadway musical I reviewed (in previews) last year, has been put off again till march. They wanna fix the second act, fix the ending, fix anything… This is simple: if the score didn’t suck we wouldn’t much care…

Dire Straights, Faggots, And Your Chicks For Free -By Helen Bach

By admin | January 14, 2011

Lookit these yo-yo’s, thats the way you do it.. Unless youre in Canada. Cuz they banned the song “Money For Nothing”, the TWENTY FIVE YEAR OLD SONG, cuz of the word… faggot. fag faggot fagzilla fagumondo fagstastic fagagular What the fag Fag fag fag. Have I offended you or cracked you up? Is this a…

New Music Week Of January 10th, 2011: Like being Eaten Alive By A Bubblegum Machine -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | January 13, 2011

 Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears – The auto-tune echoey vocals are cool, the beats slipping into dubstep are fabulous. But the song sucks in ways she hsn’t sucked in since pre-Black Out. Of course what it SHOULD HAVE BEEN is “Telephone”, instead it is just Brit working her way through a rhymic…

Go Bananas Music Club

By admin | January 13, 2011

A coupla days ago, Alyson Camus sent me the new Wavves song, which I like find though I’ll write about it some other time. What interested me was where it came from. The Banana Music Club. Who are these guys. Let them tell you: “Welcome to Banana’s Music Club. Every Monday we’ll post a new…

Holy Crap!!! Trent Reznor To Compose Soundtrack of One Of The Biggest Movies… AGAIN!!

By admin | January 12, 2011

On the heels of Trent reznor’s should be Academy Award nominated Soundtrack to “The Social Network”, arrives the news that he has been chosen to work on the film adaption of the hottest novel in recent history: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”. After the snythezied SN, DT has Trent promising us first hand knowledge…

West Coast Hardline Entertainment- Free Songs For the Taking -By Helen Bach

By admin | January 11, 2011

Hardline Entertainment, founded by Ken Seaton, is based in Hermosa Beach, CA and features some of the best up and coming bands in the West Coast alternative music scene, with genres including punk rock, metal, hard rock and reggae.  Hardline is proud of supporting DIY standards and has maintained this core principal in exposing new…

Stefani and Lady Gaga Plus Daddy… Off Spin

By admin | January 10, 2011

There is something both wonderful and heartbreaking about this pix, though I speak as a Gaga as opposed to daughter lover. In the world of reinvention, Gaga is up there with Bowie, but with a little less art and a little more artifice. there are somethings you can’t cover up with lipstick and poder, as…

It Ain't Rocket Science -by Alyson Camus

By admin | January 9, 2011

There are two things that excite me, going to a show of a band I really like, and going to a lecture by some scientist that I admire. I swear, for me, there is the same level of excitation, anticipation. I guess some neurobiologists or astrophysicists are really the rock stars of the science world,……

Belarus Free Theatre At Le Poisson Rouge: Before They Go Back , Help Out -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | January 8, 2011

If you are waiting for the music connect? Tenuous true, but, here’s my excuse, the last play Tom Stoppard had produced on Broadway was “Rock And Roll” and, part of it, was a look back at early Pink Floyd. And Tom Stoppard, debatably (but not by me -I think so) is our greatest living playwrite. And…

New Music Week Of January 3rd, 2011: Albert Camus – Jessica Lea Mayfield Linked

By admin | January 7, 2011

I’ve held off doing my weekly round up of new releases because there hasn’t been too much out there and so I’ve kinda been dealing em all in my daily fave tracks post. But my feeling about not doing posts I’ve set out to do is similar to my feeling about, and this drives young…

Now That Fela Has Closed On Broadway….

By admin | January 6, 2011

Now that Fela has closed on Broadway, producer Jay-Z plans to move it to Nigeria. Er? Didn’t Nigeria birth it, what sorta cultural colonization is this meant to be??? Giving the term tone deaf whole new vistas of meaning, why don’t they invite Bono to give a speech about Nigerian music while they are it.

Bono In Town to Watch the titanic… er, Spiderman

By admin | January 6, 2011

According to Mike Riedel of the post, Bono and the Edge are in town to view the damage of their broadway disaster Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Here is  Mike’s suggestion as to how the fix the show: * Write a proper opening number. * Ditch the annoying Geek comic-book chorus. * Cut Arachne’s embarrassing and…

Myspace Gets Roomier By Helen Bach

By admin | January 5, 2011

What a kick.  Myspace was THE social networking site.   Girls showed more boob guys showed more ab,  friends were made, smack was talked.   Then it got all rock and rolly.. “myspace bands” made everyone a star.  Record on your pc have it on your site by morning and have 202349923489345948574 friends…who don’t even…

The coolest Blog In The World? Sonic Masala

By admin | January 4, 2011

Damn I love this blog. Not only are they very smart and very right, Titus made their best of the year list and Kevin Greenspon wrote the best best of 2010 you will ever read anywhere. And there best ten albums of the year? I know 3 of em!!! And i love people who know…

Sean Yseulfs Book Sounds Awesome

By admin | January 3, 2011

Sean Yseult is the White Zombie bassist and she has released a book, “I’m in the Band: Backstage Notes From the Chick in White Zombie” -you know, Rob’s band. And it sounds fabulous. Posters and passes and, well, let Patrick Huquenin of the New York Daily News, where we stole this story, tell us: “It’s…

Spin Are Scum

By admin | January 1, 2011

reviewing the new MIA mixtape, Spin wrote: “And on the banging “Illy Girl,” she gives shout outs to Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” and Bruce Springsteen.” And, and, and? Palestine (pronounced to rhyme with)… but I guess they missed that since it was only THE NEXT FUCKING WORD AND THIRD OF A TRIPLE RHYME. I’m Arabic,…

Jim Farber Of The New York Daily News Top 10 Albums of 2010

By admin | December 31, 2010

1. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening 2. Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back 3. Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies And Alibis 4. V.V. Brown – Travelling Like The Light5. Barbra Streisand – One Night Only: Live with Quartet at the Village Vanguard 6. Goldfrapp -Head First 7. Melania Fiona – The Bridge 8. Drive…

Arachne Exits Spiderman

By admin | December 29, 2010

What will become of Spiderman now his second lead acrtress, Natalie Mendoza who performs the role of Arcachne, has left the show.  I really don’t think it will effect it in the slightest, over and above bad karma, of which there is plenty. Arachne was injury # 3 for those of you keeping score at ho,e.…

Jeeves Superstar? We Should Be So Lucky…

By admin | December 29, 2010

Yes, I live such a huge cultural life I have actually seen (and own the soundtrack to) “By Jeeves”. So let me whinge, the ending sucked, and  let me commend, ”Travel Hopefully” I’ve watched Jeeves and Woosters in lots of diffient circumstance. The mid 60s b&w is # 2, the one with Ian Carmichael,  #…

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Preview # 21 At Foxwords Theatre, Sunday, December 26th,2010: Geek Chorus? -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | December 27, 2010

No messing: the end of the first act, when Spiderman battles Green Lantern, every promise Julie Taymor has made as a savant  of the theatre is potentially answered. To say it is eye popping is to understate: Lantern and Spidey literally swing from the rafters and while the wire are visible, it is beautiful in ways…

A Multi-Generational Playlist -by Woody Fuller

By admin | December 26, 2010

Merry X-mas to all!! (Even though I didn’t even realize it was Jesus/Santa’s birthday until about an hour ago.) Regardless, I am with my family, we are having a wonderful time; laughing together of times past, going on various adventures, drinking, overall having quite a merry time; the fact that we are in Costa Rica…

The Greatest Christmas Song Ever -by Alyson Camus

By admin | December 25, 2010

It’s Christmas, and we need a Christmas song, what about the best one ever… what about ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl? It’s a powerful song, so sad and fierce at the same time, which starts like a melancholic piano ballad and bursts into soaring vocals and strings that tells an…

Christmas With Fritz And The Tantrums -by Alyson Camus

By admin | December 25, 2010

Do you want a Christmas with Fitz and the Tantrums? They have released a song for this special day, and it’s called ‘Santa stole my Lady’. The song is pretty much in the same retro-soul style and rhythm that their album, it’s quite slow-paced, but there are these famous horns, Noelle Scaggs’ vocal back-ups and…

Spidey Tomorrow And A Quote From The Injured Actor Chris Tierney’s Dad

By admin | December 25, 2010

Stuntman, Spiderman double, actor, 30 foot faller and the luckiest actor alive Chris Tierney isstill in hospital but is recuperating nicely and will be out today in time for Christmas. His daddy had this to say: “Chris cannot wait to get back into the Spidey costume… It won’t be as soon as he would like but……

My Fave Carol: Good King Wencelas -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | December 25, 2010

Written in the 1500s and rewritten the 1850s before being translated into English, “Good King Wincelas” has always hit me as a beautiful piece of Christmas goddeledegoop. It is also one of theose songs that I only know the opening lines to: “Good King Wincelas last looked at on the feast of Steven, when the…

We Wrote Our List -We checked It Twice: The rock nyc Naughyt Or Nice List 2010

By admin | December 25, 2010

Arcade Fire – Naughty – Wim Butler is the Mr. Burns of rock. A creepy crawly who always ends up being naughty.Release the hounds. Bono – Naughty-  Over and above making audiences pay huge fees to listen to songs U2 have not recorded from huge distances, he’s been involved in writing crap show music and endangaring…

Karen Carpenter: The Little Drummer Girl -by m. kriss

By admin | December 24, 2010

“Merry Christmas Darling”, a 1970 tune, is one of a handful of “contemporary” Xmas melodies one can’t avoid hearing in the mall trawl from Thanksgiving till New Years Day. The hauntingly present voice on that track (which many people consider the quintessential female pop vox of the last 40 years) belonged to a drummer.  …

Rolling Stone Are Imbeciles, Name “Chrritmas In Harlem” One Of Greatest Christmas Songs Ever

By admin | December 24, 2010

Sure, “Christmas In Harlem” is a great song. As good as “Christmas On Riverside Drive”? ” It’s A Big Country”? “Christmas Wrapping”? I dunno, i don’t thing so. That is three songs off A Ze Christmas alone. So Rolling Stone’s preposterous claim that Kanye West’s new song, which falters lyrically, is one of the greatest…

Spiderman Turns The Lights Back On!!

By admin | December 24, 2010

Of all the stories that give and give and give, the Spiderman On Broadway never stops giving. So as we post, Spiderman is back on Broadway and I will be able to sneer at em till the end of days!   Now it seems that the game is still afoot I feel a lot less…

It Takes… The Positive Touch -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | December 24, 2010

By 1988 I had quit writing rock criticism, was working at an advertising agency, and had completed two full length novels. The first, A Shadow Walks, I couldn’t sell and the second, the one I am writing about here, The Positive Touch, I didn’t attempt to sell. Indeed, I don’t believe anybody has ever read…

My Fave Songs, Friday, December 24th, 2010 -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | December 24, 2010

1. Christmas On riverside Drive – August Darnell – It brings a calypso Christmas to Harlem and the spirit of the season, a style and sensibility. Now this is one of the greats. 2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey – This is shamanism pure and simple. How the hell did…

Pass The Hat For Christmas -by m. kriss

By admin | December 23, 2010

Folks. JINGLE A CHUNK ‘O CHANGE and contribute  to some worthy musical causes this holiday season. Here are a few last minute gift ideas — pass the hat and salve the world’s ills with the best medicine your change can buy! C — being a working musician isn’t all about winning a Grammy.  It’s about…

Tis The Season to Give Tribute Even To Bedwetters Coldplay

By admin | December 23, 2010

There is something I kinda like about Chris Martin. Not the music of course. That’s just awful. But he seems to say the right thing: he is like the anti-Wim Butler. There is something very secure in Coldp[lay’s self-deprecation. Why should they care if I fun em? They fun themselves enough. According to canoe.com  Coldplay…

Spiderman Cancelled Till Further Notice

By admin | December 23, 2010

Spiderman: Turned To Dark. The show has been cancelled by State officials till stringent new rules are put in effect. Essentially, as predicted earlier this week, that should do it. Following four accidents, the last with an actor falling 30 feet and lucky to be alive, that, my friend, is the game. I was hoping…

J.D. Daniels And The Nurenberg Rally

By admin | December 22, 2010

Wow, this professor seems as mean as rock nyc is. In part of a rant on “n+1” Robert Nevin sent me, J.D. let the rock crits of the world take it up the ass: “Many writers on rock, by now the boringest of all possible musics, attempt to enliven things with a bit of proctological…

Taking Back Sunday- Take Back This Song By Helen Bach

By admin | December 21, 2010

Taking Back Sunday is looking for attention so lets do it. To release a holiday song the week of  Christmas is nothing more than a ‘HEY don’t forget US’, but to release this?  “Merry Christmas, I Missed You So Much”… Well, its right up there as one of the lamest lyrically and musically that I…

Bright Eyes, Big City Interview -by Alyson Camus

By admin | December 21, 2010

In Interview magazine there is a new interview of Conor Oberst, which allows us to know a little bit more about Bright Eyes’ upcoming album, The People’s Key. Although it does not really satisfy anyone’s curiosity, musically speaking, we learn more about its philosophical content, …. Jason Boesel, who drummed with Bright Eyes many times,…