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Christmas Box Sets…

By admin | December 2, 2010

New york times has a pretty good list and review of box sets you might wanna give… me.!!! Here are some my local neighborhood Santa might think stuffing my stocking with… please. DENNIS BROWN: THE CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE: SINGLES 1972-1985 -the great singer BOB DYLAN: THE ORIGINAL MONO RECORDINGS -no I wouldn’t pay for…

Broadway Billie Joe -By Helen Bach

By admin | December 1, 2010

So hey speaking of Broadway…. Billie Joe Armstrong is back for 50. Fifty performances as St Jimmy, in the Broadway production of American Idiot. You’ll recall Armstrong covered for Tony Vincent just a couple months ago.  Bitten by the acting bug perhaps or a case of I can do this better? Armstrong will return to…

Dave Brubeck’s Thanksgiving

By admin | December 1, 2010

The great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, back from medical leave, played a three night stand at the Blue Note over the Thanksgiving weekend, ending each set with a rousing “Take Five”… I hear. I didn’t go because a) it was sold out b) i couldn’t afford it. Though I have seen him several times and…

Spiderman Falling Down -by Helen Bach

By admin | November 30, 2010

What were you doing at 5am yesterday?  I was out cold but Iman was running about in his boxers buying tickets to catch “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”  . He got the magic ticket, I got well rested Word from the aisle seats is that the show is a giant flop. From pre production deaths to…

Bret Easton Ellis And Me!

By admin | November 30, 2010

Some readers (well,maybe one of you) will remember me raving over Bret Easton Ellis’s excellent sequel to “Less Than Zero”, “Imperial Bedrooms”. As unforgiving and unblinking a look at the human condition as you could ever hope to read. Alyson Camus went to a Q&A by Bret a coupla weeks , wrote about it here,…

60 Minutes Turns Off The Dark With Bono, The Edge, And Julie

By admin | November 29, 2010

On last nights 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl performed an extended infomercial for Bono, The Edge and Julie Taymor’s eagerly something or othered Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. And it looks… beyond spectacular: as though Cirque de Soleil finally getting it right and the Lion King had a baby. I have never seen anything like it,…

In Praise Of Pitchfork!!

By admin | November 29, 2010

 Not only do I hate Pitchfork but I also think their 10/10 review of the new Kanye West is ridiculous. And that’s with me believing it to be the 2nd,or 3rd or no lower than 4th best album of the year. But I kinda like Ryan Dombal’s writing. He is something of a pro,…

Dean Of Rock Critics Robert Christgau Resurrects The Consumer

By admin | November 29, 2010

Good news for all rock criticism lovers, the best living rock critic is back. You can read the former music editor of the Village Voice at his blog: http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/expert-witness-blog.aspx As Christgau notes this is how it is going down: ” Two posts a week, Tuesday and Friday most of the time, usually comprising reviews of…

More Holiday Music -by Helen Bach

By admin | November 27, 2010

Is the cover of this piece of crap Holiday offering supposed to be quirky and funny?  Cuz its just as lame as the songs it shrouds. Holiday music is important, it sets the mood it brings back memories its just cool in general.  In my never ending car ride to Manhattan yesterday the Magpie and I…

A Christmas Playlist?!! By Mary Magpie

By admin | November 26, 2010

So, now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, Christmas is up next. Here’s a playlist to get you into a holiday spirit.   1. “30 Days”- NeverShoutNever! I hate to admit it, but I can honestly say that this is my favourite holiday song of all time. 2. “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out”- Fall…

New York Magazines Spidey On Broadway Cover A Must read

By admin | November 26, 2010

New York Magazine’s deconstruction of the Spiderman On Broadway seems pretty ace on first glance (I’ve skimmed it but will definitely read. Really, this is the story of two gargantuan egos, Julie Taymor and Bono, colliding. I bet it will be great but I also bet it will lose money and I know the music…

Spin Give Away Music?

By admin | November 24, 2010

Did you know, and i didn’t know, that if you go on Spin.com you can download 13 songs directly from Itunes. For Free. Pretty good stuff as well: Killing Joke, Off!, Badly Drawn Boy. It has an end date, the November songs ends, November 30th, the December (that’s the bands mentioned above by the way),…

Quincy Jones: “Kanye West Is Just A Rapper” -by Alyson Camus

By admin | November 24, 2010

Quincy Jones, the legendary composer producer, really tells what he thinks. It is not the first time he speaks out his mind (he declared once to Details magazine he thought Michael Jackson did not want to be black), and in an interview he gave to US magazine published last Monday, he may be showing his…

Rock N Roll: It Ain’t Rocket Science… Or Is It? -by Helen Bach

By admin | November 22, 2010

Its a harsh reality of life that our idols are not those out curing disease or solving societies ills. We like glitzy hot rock stars covered in tattoos and attitude.   A properly thrusted pelvis carries more admiration than a properly executed serum any day. Enter Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer and all around good guy, …

Back To 1968: The Beatles On Itunes -by Alyson Camus

By admin | November 22, 2010

Have you been to an Apple store lately? I went to one yesterday afternoon as I had a problem with my iPod, and it is Beatles, Beatles, Beatles everywhere. It was expected, true, but still I was amazed and wanted to hang around longer. There were life size cardboard cutouts of the Fab Four in…

Just Kids, Just Awards Patti Smith By Hel

By admin | November 22, 2010

Patti Smith has received the U.S. National Book Award for non-fiction for her memoir, Just Kids.  Patti won this award of distinction as well as a check for $10,000.00.  Seems odd doesn’t it to get an award and a payment?  Like an Oscar doesn’t come with a dollar award does it? Regardless, Congratulations. To quote…

Ray Charles Foundation Sues His Son, Charles Junior

By admin | November 19, 2010

The Ray Charles Foundation sued Ray’s son Ray Charles Robinson, Jr for copyright infringement for using a picture of his late father and quoting from his father’s songs for the auto-bio You Don’t Know Me. Ray was blind and his Foundation is tone deaf. This is a Public relations fiasco in the making. I don’t…

Bret Easton Ellis in conversation with Jonathan Gold at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, on Tuesday November 16th, 2010: Who Is Delta Goodrem And Why Is The Novelist Saying These Wonderful Things About Her -by Alyson Camus

By admin | November 18, 2010

Elvis Costello’s ‘Imperial Bedroom’ was played inside the courtyard of the Hammer Museum on Tuesday night, and it was making completely sense for the very large crowd trying to get into the Billy Wilder theater located inside the museum. Too bad for me, even though I had left the house almost 2 hours before the…

Dave Navarro, Slash and Gene Simmons: Be Nice -by Helen Bach

By admin | November 15, 2010

Dave Navarro, Slash and Gene Simmons are just three of the famed on this latest NOH8 campaign public service announcement. The Lesbian Gay and Transgender outreach program basically saying things will get better.  Suicide rates from bullying are at all time high.  Most likely at an all time high because they are being reported in…

Mick Jagger Has A Big Penis

By admin | November 13, 2010

This just in, as it were. Pamela “I’m With The Band” Desbarres, supergroupie uber alles, had this to say about the controversy surrounding Mick Jagger’s penis size: ” I beg to differ with Keith on the sexual prowess of his lead singer. In all ways (including size) I got plenty of satisfaction. The todger isn’t tiny…

Identity Is The Crises Can’t You See -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | November 12, 2010

Any society that starts by putting itself in contradistinction to an aristocracy is about reinvention. It is about not being what you were told you were. the embodiment of that redefinition is rock and roll. Birthed by a red neck teenage bus driver and a moneyhead blues brother, one became King, the other the Einstein…

Autumn de Wilde’s Big Book Of Death Cabs -by Alyson Camus

By admin | November 11, 2010

A book that contains 200 photographs of any band, is certainly for a true fan of that band, and some blogs, that will remain unnamed, were making a little bit fun of the fact that Autumn de Wilde is about to release a 200 photograph book of Death Cab for Cutie, because, you know, they…

Rock Of 80s -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | November 10, 2010

I went to see the Broadway musical”Rock Of Ages” again with my nephew, Samer. Samer is in his mid-30s and so of an age where the hair metal of the musical soundtrack means something to him. “I hated the 90s” he would claim to me. “They ruined the fun of metal.” The first time I…

13, the Musical Soundtrack of Stereotype By Mary Magpie

By admin | November 8, 2010

Having just come back from seeing a local adaptation of this former Broadway Musical I just had to chime in on the soundtrack to this ‘age appropriate’ show. 13 has an absolutely outstanding soundtrack that is firmly stuck in my head. The lyrics are fantastic, and in the song “What It Means To Be A…

Spider Fail By Helen Bach

By admin | November 8, 2010

To me, Spiderman has been the most lame of all the Superheroes. Seriously the dude got bit by a spider… big deal. To me, Spiderman the Broadway Musical will be the most lame of all the Broadway musicals The only good thing about it is that Iman and I are going to it black tie…

How Glam Made Gay Rock Cool -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | November 8, 2010

Glam rock made bi-sexuality (you’ve heard of coming out: rock stars came half out) cool and its step brother homo was waiting patiently in the wings before pub and  punk rock, and the literal kiss of death AIDs sent everybody back in the closet. Glam made gay happen  not really because of the feyness of the…

Raz B of B2K, Had, Didn’t Have, Gay relationship With Bow Wow

By admin | November 8, 2010

Raz B is a busy boy. After taking back allegations that B2K’s manager Chris Stokely molested him, Raz B claimed to have had a gay relationship with Bow Wow. The Bow Wow was not at all wowed by the allegations and hat this to say at a140 characters a post: “I don’t know Raz at…

The Addams Family On Broadway: Love Conquers Gore -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | November 6, 2010

Channel surfing on Halloween, I stumbled upon the old black and white TV show the Addams Family starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones. The episode in question is about Lurch falling in love and the minute or so scene where Lurch shows the adults his smile is funnier than the entire two and a half …

Exit Stage Left -By Mary Magpie

By admin | November 3, 2010

Being the involved theatre kid that I am(proudly a member of The International Thespian Society), I was listening to a few soundtracks over the weekend and truly saw how incredibly thought out a few of them were. Here are some of my favourite musicals. Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd is one of the most well-written musicals…

Who Wrote This?

By admin | November 3, 2010

“Bill Carter had grown up working on the local political campaigns from when he was in college, so he knew almost everybody of importance in the state. And people he had worked for in Arkansas had now become some of the most powerful Democrats in Washiington. His mentor was Wilbur Millfs, from kensett, Chairman Of…

Ricky Martin IS GAY… Er, Wait, Ricky Martin Cried When He Revealed He Was Gay

By admin | November 3, 2010

Ricky Martin has gone on Oprah to explain the coming out process a little: “When I realised, OK, I just pressed send, whoo . I was alone. I was in my studio alone for a minute. My assistant walked in and I just started crying like a little baby. I started crying..I couldn’t take it…

The Drums.At Hammerstein Ballroom, Saturday October 30th, 2010: Things That Go Bang In The Night -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | November 1, 2010

I was wrong.  the Drums are a great band and I didn’t know what I was writing about when I dismissed them so cavalierly so often. During a swoony, exciting half hour set at the Hammerstein Ballroom Saturday night, the Drums brought back the sorta gay coolness we haven’t seen since Morrissey was a kid.…

Some Thoughts On the New Keith Richard Auto-Bio

By admin | October 29, 2010

I had essentially decided to pass on Keith Richard’s “Life:” here is why: 1. I spend all my spare time writing so I really have no time to read 2. It hit me as being just 40 year old gossip. 3. Plus ghosted so who really cares, because it is going to read like a…

Tutti Frutti? Good Booty: Mike Nessing on The Little Richard Classic

By admin | October 28, 2010

One of the original rock ’n’ roll  45’s was almost never recorded. “Tutti Frutti” was cut by Little Richard and produced by Robert “Bumps” Blackwell at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans on September 14th,1955. It was not on the original list of tunes that they were going to cut that day. The session was…

Gays Closeted In Even Rock Music? Blame Religion -by Alyson Camus

By admin | October 28, 2010

The statistics regarding the amount of gays in the population fluctuate considerably but 10% is probably close to reality according to many serious studies, although some conservative websites claim it is a myth and want to lower this number to 1-2%! They need some reality check, and a stay in my neighborhood where the proportions…

Gays In Pop: It’s Not Fair -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | October 26, 2010

 So what’s this sudden obsession with gay rock stars?” Helen asked me after I’d requested a homosexual slant to her Rocky Horror review. Good question. I don’t like injustice – I like fairness, some form of level playing field in life. And I am misanthropic but I want to hate people for specific reasons.…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: When Gay Was Fringe -by Helen bach

By admin | October 25, 2010

In 1975  a little film called The Rocky Horror Picture Show came out and coolz all over the world discovered a campy lingerie farce filled with innuendo and stiletto. Shocking enough with Tim Curry as the sweetest of transvestites who creates his own love toy (jealous!) and corrupts the squares. A few years later its…

Life,The Keith Richards Biography – By Helen Bach

By admin | October 25, 2010

“People say ‘why don’t you give it up?’ I don’t think they quite understand. I’m not doing it just for the money, or for you. I’m doing it for me.” Nope that’s not me talkin, that’s Keith!  This is a friendly reminder in case you have been jammed under a rock, in a Chilean mine…

Poetic Jay-Z, Private Rivers Cuomo: One Of These Books Will Suck

By admin | October 25, 2010

When exactly did jay-Z begin taking himself so seriously? I mean, wasn’t he a fun bad boy at some points in his career? I coulda sworn, he wrote some of the nastiest rhymes in the worl… Now he has written a book called “Decoded” and is sproatting rubbish like “There’s thought behind it and there’s…

Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal -by Helen Bach

By admin | October 23, 2010

Music is going to Hell.  Freakin Metal Kings are making crepes for Gods sake. Hard rockers should be eating burgers and beer, maybe pretzels but what is the world coming to when musicans make a freakin cookbook? Lita Ford, Zakk Wylde, as well as members of Pantera, Guns n’ Roses, Anthrax, Megadeth, Life Of Agony,…

AIDS Killed Gay Rock in The 80s -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | October 22, 2010

Besides killing off some of the most gifted artists in the world, the “gay disease” decimated the inroads gay society had made in West Civilization. Trust me, unless you were there you have no idea what it did to people. Intravenous drug use and unprotected sex were the main reasons but in the midst of…

Tutti Frutti? All Rooty: Gays In Pop Music -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | October 21, 2010

I plan to write about homosexuals and pop music over the next couple of weeks.I mentioned it in passing a coupla days ago and the more I’ve thought about it the more I have found it… interesting in its hypocrisy… also weird in its hypocrisy. Look at it this way: In the 1950s Kinsey claimed…

Tom Robinson’s Band “Martin”:What I Am Listening To Write This Minute -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | October 21, 2010

A singalong about filial adoration from the New Wave London gay pride band from the 70s Tom Robinson. Violent, East End (take in the accent), working class, lovely and caring for all it’s toughness. Annnnd… Robinson gets sent to away after joy riding with his brother and smashing into an XJ-6. Robinson punches a cop…

Nicki Minaj Finally Outs Herself -by Iman Lababedi

By admin | October 20, 2010

I have been relatively blegh over Nicki Minaj’s claim of bisexuality where she is apparently a homosexualist. If she was aman there would be no questiong: She couldn’t discuss being gay or even elude to it. But as a woman Nicki has freedom. However, in the Rolling Stone she is quoted on being a sex…

Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind’s Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground: Be Very Afraid -by Wyatt Marshall

By admin | October 16, 2010

Have you ever wondered why Count Grishnackh stabbed his friend and fellow metal visionary Euronymous in the head? (He died.) Or maybe who sparked the burning of more than 100 historic churches across Scandinavia, the home to reason, socialism, and blondes? Well, fear not—or, rather, be very, very afraid—the answer is out there. It’s been…

Itunes Top 10 Downloads

By admin | September 20, 2010

1. Only Girl (In The World) – Rohanna 2. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Marx 3. Like A G6 – Far East Movement 4. DJ Got Us Fallin In Love – Usher 5. Just A Dream – Nelly 6. Teenage Dream – Katy Pery 7.Dynamote Cruz – Taoi Cruz 8. Club Can’t Handle…

Lady Gaga Gets Censored By Itunes Or You Sleep With The Devil You Get Lice

By admin | September 3, 2010

Lady Gaga shoulda known better… Obviously, unless your name is the Beatles you have to get into bed with itunes. I am not debating it. But you don’t have to shill for the scumbags as Lady Gaga has been doing for Ping the past coupla days and huess what happens when you do? Ping (aka…

Apple And Chris Martin: The Carpetbagger Meets The Rock Star by Helen Bach

By admin | September 3, 2010

Steve Jobs can pretty much have anyone he wants at his meetings.  So its no surprise he asked Apple Martins (seriously WTF there?) dad to come on over. Armed with a piano and that adorable gap between his teeth Martins performed two songs:  “Viva La Vida,” and a never-before-released track titled “Wedding Bells.” Not enough…

Ping Pongs To High Heaven

By admin | September 3, 2010

Ugh Apple Ugh. “Ping” -apparently a mix of social networkings Facebook and Twitter for music fans hits this consumer as a bloody stupid idea. Consumers consume, why can’t the world leave me along to do exactly that. What makes the repulsively reptellian looking Jobs think that I wanna be friends with everybody in the fucking…

The Beatles without their clothes on (yes, Spector again); Hair yesterday; album of the year?

By admin | April 15, 2009

Any true Beatles fan can’t listen to them any more. Much like 60s’ Dylan, there is no more to be learnt in the byways of their material and even the three anthology’s did little to shed new light. For one thing, they had been available for decades on boots and for another thing, they were…