US Top 10 Singles Dated October 23rd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2021 |

a top debut ever by Lil Nas X

Brief Encounters: New Albums 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2021 |

emo-rockers goes hip hop

Rancid, Dropkick Murphys And The Bronx At The Shrine (Outdoors), Saturday, October 16th, 2021

By Alyson Camus | October 19, 2021 |

a mini Punk Rock Bowling

Rockstar Review: Rocky Kramer

By Meredith Grant | October 18, 2021 |

The Viking warrior of Rock-n-Roll, Norwegian born superstar Rocky Kramer holds the very soul of music in his heart.

Rockstar Review: Steven P. Hamm

By Meredith Grant | October 18, 2021 |

Rockstar Review: Steven P. Hamm

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 23rd, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2021 |

a lame 94K EAUs

Going Steady: New Singles 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 18, 2021 |

sounds like Paul McCartney’s early 70s be bopping vibe as covered by the Meters

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 10-22-21 – 10-28-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2021 |

distinct and wondrous without being obvious or obnoxious

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-15-21 – 10-21-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2021 |

except for the title track the songs are on vacation

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 10-15-21 – 10-21-21 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 16, 2021 |

simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs

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This Weeks Playlist; Worst Set Ever!!

By admin | May 10, 2009

Love Your Love the Most – Eric Church (latest in a long tradition of real good country boys)Alcoholics Unanimous – Art Brut (angular satire produced by the bloke from the Pixies)Spoiled – Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band (a keeper from the newbie)Bridge – Lucy Wainwright Roche (is it something in the water these…

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, ALL WRONGS REVERSED

By admin | May 9, 2009

The first of a long, long series: Contrary to my earlier comment Cracker’s “Darling One” is a lovely ballad…. Also, Cohen’s “Live In London” is better than I gave it credit for. Finally, my break up with Angelica was entirely my fault.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard last night: Tight and Unwound; Greatest Sets Ever # 4

By admin | May 9, 2009

What pictures and videos don’t show you about Branford Marsalis is his sheer presence on the stage. Leading a young (the drummer is just eighteen!) intensely vigorous sharp as hell quartet, he rminded me of the Denzel Washington character in Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” -a movie Branford wrote the music for. With the exception…

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COMING SOON: the greatest rock band in the world right this minute

By admin | May 9, 2009

LOS CAMPESINOS: THEY’RE GONNA GET DRUNK AND CALL YOU AT FOUR IN THE MORNING

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Greatest albums of all time

By admin | May 8, 2009

Get Happy!! -Elvis Costello and the Attractions Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix Experience In the Wee Small Hours Of the Morning -Frank Sinatra Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G. Conor Oberst Here My Dear – Marvin Gaye Off the Wall -Michael Jackson Dragnet – The Fall In Utero – Nirvana Singles Going Steady –…

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What we talk about when we talk about populism; Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis and Jazz fusion

By admin | May 8, 2009

As a self-professed populist I believe that in a consumer society fiscal success is a hugely important part of artistic (or at least cultural) merit. In the 80s I championed as potentially big time stars: the dB’s, the Individuals, Bonnie Hayes with the Wild Combo, Marshall Crenshaw. All pop musicians. Which lead me to a…

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COMING SOON: THE FALL

By admin | May 7, 2009

STEP FORWARD FOR: ESP MEDIUM DISCHORD

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Country Music II: DOES YOUR HEART STILL BEAT FOR ME?; more new songs; more thoughts on new Conor

By admin | May 7, 2009

This is a love story. In 1980 I was a huge Elvis Costello fan (still am: the albums have lost their consistency but the live shows are stellar and his TV talk show “Spectacle” was a must see earlier this year, especially the Elton John and Rufus Wainwright interviews) and so when I heard he…

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Lady Sovereign nearly perfect at Highline last night; Country Music Part I

By admin | May 6, 2009

I’d like to say it was about the time Lady Sovereign shared her Heinekin with the punters at the front of the stage with a shout of “SWINE FLU” or when she sang the addictive chorus to “So Human” or even the well sung and very fun cover of Metro Station’s “Shake it but it…

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new songs w/o 5/4/09; second thoughts on new Conor

By admin | May 5, 2009

A real good week this week. Two singles into the new Ciara, I like Justin Timberlake a lot but MAYBE he is spreading himself a bit thin -still “Love, Sex, Magic” is a pretty good dance track and “Never Ever” -with Young Jeezy is somewhat awesome… This is almost as good as Beyonce though the…

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LENNON ALIVE; MIA, Santogold and Lady Sovereign

By admin | May 4, 2009

Legend has it Lennon and Ono spent their first night together working on avant-Garde music before making love. The result was three albums of experimental music and if “the Wedding Album” (it came with free pics of wedding cake -a case of play the sleeve if ever there was one) and “Two Virgins” were inpenetratable,…

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Playlist May 3rd, 2009

By admin | May 3, 2009

Hi Ho Silver Lining -Jeff Beck (Hatton entered the ring with ths b4 Pasqual knocked him out)Fantsay -Mariah Carey and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (forget to mention this oneNo Bed For Beatle John -Yoko Ono (from “Life With the Lions”)Little Furry Things -Dinosaur Jnr. (thank you, Juliana)So Human -Lady Sovereign (Can’t wit to see her Tuesday…

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U2 and 2009… something not quite right here; last thoughts on new Dylan

By admin | May 3, 2009

It had been five years -something like 30 in rock star years- and U2 were bac and We -We the world- were all third world nations at the tender mercies of Bono. Kicking off the Grammy’s this year U2 had nothing to prove and a world to save and a not particulalry good song, “Get…

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A Right Bastard; Beatle Lennon

By admin | May 2, 2009

Ol‘ Dirty Bastard, rapper with the posse to beat Wu Tang Clan, is pushing the product. Wu Tan Clan have just released “Forever” and they are closing out Hot 97’s Summer Jam circa 1997 and ODB isn’t having it. “Why are we here?” he ask. “Hot 97 never play us. All they play is pop.”…

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No Elvis, No Beatles, No Stones… by 1979????

By admin | May 1, 2009

In December 1979 the Clash released their magnum opus, “London Calling”, considered by some the greatest rock album of all time, and the highest testament to the rule of punk which had begun all of three years earlier. A snarling, raging, multi-genre, punk, ska, R&B meisterwork that in any other year would have put rock…

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Mixing It up, new releases w/o 4/27

By admin | April 30, 2009

Last night I went to see “33 Variations” on Broadway: a new play based upon Beethoven’s 33 variations of a second rate Diabelli waltz. The play was way too busy to be any good but the music was absolutely beautiful. I don’t know my classical all that well so I knew Beethoven for Symphony #…

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Only Serpents Shine; two new bands; people I should love but don’t; best sets ever #3

By admin | April 29, 2009

It is the winter of 81 -maybe February- and I am at the half empty Ritz (now Webster Hall) standing next to my friend John, drummer with Bounce -another greatest band you’ve never heard of, with my mouth agape and my face a mask of terror. The greatest rock band in the world are a…

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Elvis Crespo rocks; second thoughts on new Dylan; Eminem makes it three in a row; the folks are jittery

By admin | April 28, 2009

In 1999 I was at a Labor Day Puerto Rican Music festival produced by Ralph Mercado -this is an all night long coming together of Salsa and Merengue royalty -I’ve seen Celia Cruz here, Tito Puente, this is the cream of Latin Dance. And this night it was a coming out party for Elvis Crespo…

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Prince’s Triple Reviewed

By admin | April 27, 2009

Here’s a story for you: maybe seven years ago I went to see the late great Ike Turner (yes, great, he was a wife beater and a great musician: wrote the first rock song in case you forgot) at the late great Tramps on west 23rd. Pretty good set as well except half way through…

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More from w/o 4/20

By admin | April 27, 2009

Three was not the charm with Primal Scream, “Zombie Man” is all foot stomping and hand clamping signifying nothing. Three was the charm with Pet Shop Boys, “Did You See Me Coming” is yet another synth-pop confection off “Yes”. When I was a wee slip of a lad I had no time (tight or otherwise)…