Billie Holiday: When Darkness Is Visible

By Iman Lababedi | March 21, 2014

With Billie she sends you into a free floating sort of vertiginous sinking to nowhere, like swimming in mud, but it is also a life raft, something real to cling to

Moby Explains Why He Is A Vegan And I Applaud

By Alyson Camus | March 20, 2014

‘My reason for becoming a vegetarian was simple: I loved (and love) animals and I don’t want to be involved in anything that leads to or contributes to their suffering. At first this led me to give up beef and chicken.

A Million Miles from Austin SXSW

By Iman Lababedi | March 16, 2014

This year, greased with tragedy and murmurings about how the infrastructure can’t sustain the scene, the cool writers of a new generation are feeling the streets of Austin and we in New York merrily freeze, the SXSW finally appears to be a music scene without a reason to exist anymore.

Comfort Music Part XI!

By Iman Lababedi | March 16, 2014

In 2012 I watched Neil play a heavy duty no nonsense Crazy Horse gig at MSG and my ears are still ringing, so take it from me folks, he didn’t need to do the Carnegie Hall gigs. Listening to him sing “A Man Needs A Maid” in 2014 takes me back to being a teenager and also, its soft strange beauty puts me at ease. It’s like not all memories end up with a bad ending.

A Study To Determine If You Are Listening To Hipster Music?

By Alyson Camus | March 9, 2014

See on one side, you have the Pitchfork scale going from 0 to 10 – and higher scores means higher on the hipster scale – and on the other side you have the Facebook shares, and here it works backward, the less shares, the more obscure the band, so the more hipster it is!

Michael Buble Where There Are No Cheap Seats

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2014

He is probably the best at what he does, crossover cabaret. I’ve seen him on stage a couple of times and was quite impressed though not by singing but by his demeanor. The man is a lot of fun and he is a good mainstream pop starer charmer with a wide smile and just enough humility in his step. But he isn’t worth a hundred bucks.

Justin Timberlake And Derek Jeter And the Secrets Of stardom

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2014

They both entered the public conscious around the same time and both have distinct personalities while remaining essentially unknown qualities. You never get to the bottom of these guys, all the charm is a layer of finesse to help maintain complete privacy, every action a modulated concern of career and counter career, every event a non event, every story a scolded subtraction.

My Angle On Angles; A Strokes Rant

By admin | March 1, 2014

I didn’t understand Angles. Every song made me cringe. Though I will admit, “Under Cover of Darkness” did have that familiar Room On Fire melody, but it still felt a bit forced and cheap; the furthest away from musical catharsis. It didn’t trap me like Is This It did, that record raised me

Conor Oberst And What Happens When A Superstar Falls To Earth

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2014

Conor Oberst is becoming the Elvis Costello of indie Kings. After years and years of ruling the earth, of being such an obsessive songwriter his girlfriend at the time, Maria Taylor, wouldn’t let him drive when they went out, he became… I don’t know what he is? A dick

Pete Seeger Reconsidered – Thoughts From a Punk Rock Cynic

By Steve Crawford | February 3, 2014

“Hey, let’s sing this song together that will end war, poverty, injustice, and bee stings,” always seemed a bit soft in the noodle to me. I’d rather hear about Joey Ramone’s need to sniff glue. However, on the passing of Pete Seeger, it struck me how little conversation there was about his contributions to music

Dave Grohl, Anti-Christ, Amway Salesman

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2014

It might not be fair to lay the blame for the hell that is 21st century rebellion at his feet, but he personifies it so perfectly. He is such a cheerful shill for organized crime known as the music business, it offends me to look at me. Grohl is the rock and roll star as Amway salesman.

Bruce Springsteen: How Did We Get Here?

By Iman Lababedi | January 18, 2014

before their ridiculous four and a half star review of Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, they printed yet another exclusive interview with Bruce and this is what Bruce had to say about unreleased songs: “I take them out just to amuse myself. Very often, if I have nothing to do late at night, I’ll take them out and look at the different bodies of music.”

There's A Place Where Time Stands Still

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2014

I went to visit Joseph and Donna and they had changed hospices by then and the new one was quieter, but it had the quiet of neutral, a place where everything was grounding out of time, where it felt like you had falled down a trap door, where you were floating in a sea of grief

The Repeat Concert That Goes Wrong

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2014

Perhaps I was right but the Phish effect didn’t survive a lousy concert last December where all the good will they’d accrued went out the window and I remembered exactly why I’d been born sick of them for decades on end.

Can Music Help Us Grieve?

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2014

It seems as though for once and perhaps the only time, music can’t seem to help. I go back to Aretha Franklin and I wish I had a copy of that February 17th, 2012 concert at Radio City where Aretha mourned her Goddaughter Whitney Houston.

John Lennon And Me

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2013

When you get past his agitprop and get closer to the pan-humanism of Imagine and Mind Games, this is what you find. The heart of Lennon, of Double Fantasy, is placing the love of one on an equal footing with the love of the many. Seeing one as part of the other.

The Record Industry Is Asleep For The Next Month So Release Your New Album ASAP

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2013

It seems to me a possibility that the casual listener will not be buying albums they don’t really know for friends and lovers and that’s true but on the other hand, serious music fans won’t be taking the holidays off and this will be a terrific opportunity to reach people who wouldn’t have the time to check out stuff they don’t know under normal circumstances.

A Sense Of Wonder Years

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2013

Don’t judge a band by its chorus, the seven minute “I Just Want to Want To Sell Out My Funeral” has the band ascending to a huge tempo shift and descending again over and over while they contemplate the residue from the inside out

Is The Song Dead As The Currency Of Modern Pop?

By Iman Lababedi | December 11, 2013

At the heart of so many 2013 big albums, is the lack of song, from Prism to Artpop, from New to Hesitation marks, from …Like Clockwork to Britney Jean, the lack of songs kills the albums in their tracks. They don’t get heard often enough and when and if you do give them the time they need to hit your pleasure button they don’t.