The Sun’s Not So Hot In The Sky Today: A Farewell to Summer in James Taylor’s “September Grass”

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2022 |

I was happier because I knew I was happy

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 8-5-22 – 8-11-22

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2022 |

a snapshot of big hits and high tides, mostly high tides.

Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” With Americana Superstar Josh Ritter

By Eileen Shapiro | August 17, 2022 |

There is just a lot to love

Kills Birds At It’s A School Night, Monday August 15th 2022

By Alyson Camus | August 17, 2022 |

the sound seemed to erupt from every side of the room

US Top Ten Singles Tracking 8-5-22 – 8-11-22

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2022 |

still on top

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1977 (Volume 8, Number 9)

By Steve Crawford | August 16, 2022 |

pornstache pride

Automatic Announce North American Headlining Tour

By Alyson Camus | August 15, 2022 |

“danceable music for the end of days”

Going Steady: New Singles 8-12-22 -8-18-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2022 |

contracts its world in Nashisms

Sneak Peaks: New Album Release 8-19-22 – 8-25-22

By Iman Lababedi | August 15, 2022 |

let’s take what we are offered

The Twilight Of The Rock N Roll Gods (Parts One To Three)

By Ken Davis | August 14, 2022 |

It’s the music, stupid

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True Blue

By admin | May 23, 2009

My ex text me the other day to tell me her new guy’s favorite color is now blue because she looks so good in blue. Very nice, right? Well, it got her to thinking of why there were so many songs with the color blue in their title. One reason might be because it is…

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Damaged Dames and the keyboards they love: Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor

By admin | May 22, 2009

One of my very favorite novels is Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” (she is absolutely my favorite) but as novels go it doesn’t translate well into other mediums: even the Olivier movie was wrecked by Merle Oberon’s performance. So it is is bizarre indeed that in 1979 the nineteen year old English girl Kate Bush’s first…

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My Favorite album of all time in review: Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

By admin | May 21, 2009

Greatest album of all time? “Sgt Peppers,” Best? “Are You Experienced”? My fave? No contest: from Steve Nieve’s Booker T pounded intro on “Love For Tender” to the lost in pain coda from “Riot Act” there is no album that has ever moved me this much, mattered to me this much. The year was 1980…

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I bet you a tenor I made a mistake; new songs week of May 18th, 2009

By admin | May 20, 2009

As my good friend Anonymous kindly corrected me, I asininely referred to Leonard Cohen as a tenor in my live at Radio City review. He is, of course, a bass -the same instrument John Lennon played with the Beatles. This is Part V in a multi-part series. Now, if I still hold any credibility at…

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Eminem does what he does and does it well; last thoughts on Cohen tour

By admin | May 19, 2009

Look at it this way: we live in a world filled with real and terrifying fears and as consumers of entertainment we deal with these fears. Female sexuality, virginity, death, bankruptsy, homosexual panic: all of these things are real fears and if we get it out of our system through horror movies or hip hop,…

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Leonard Cohen Forum hates me; live in NYC

By admin | May 18, 2009

I checked out the folks who hate me at . The actual review by Patricia Zohn is very good and if you want to see what the fans thinks please feel free. I essentially stand by my opinions (and I absolutely stand by NYC being the media center of the world where we’ve seen…

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Music and Protest

By admin | May 18, 2009

With Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” having all the hallmarks of a protest album dated before its release, and with critics writing drivel like “If it is out of step today we may surely need it tomorrow,” I thought I would take a quick moment and think about protest music. Way back, in the 16th…

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Leonard Cohen by the numbers last night at radio City Music Hall

By admin | May 17, 2009

Earlier this year I went to see Van Morrison perform “Astral Weeks” twice, once at MSG and once and for days later at the Beacon. The MSG set was excellent, glad to have seen it. The Beacon Theater was electrifying -mid way through the second set Morrison took off and everybody knew it, the band,…

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The Mix List week of May 18th, 2009; Best Sets Ever #6; more people I don’t like but maybe should

By admin | May 17, 2009

The Static Age – Green Day (“21 Guns” pretty lame on SNL last night)Get Down – Cam’ronOn the Road To Find Out – Cat StevensSofter, Softest – HoleGood Ol’ USA – Billy Joe Shaver (this guy is a minor revelation)The Dream Of You – Bob Dylan (the keeper off the newbie)Missisippi – Sheryl Crow (a…

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By admin | May 17, 2009

From today’s New York Times

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Divas and the dead men who love them; Yusuf Islam was Cat Stevens and you weren’t

By admin | May 16, 2009

It is June 1997 and Lil Kim is a mess -I know this because she is performing at a great women of hip hop concert and she can’t speak and she can’t talk and she is stumbling and crying. Notorious B.I.G. had died a coupla months earlier and she wailed and wailed and wailed. Two…

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Two Great albums; Country Music IV: From rock to soft

By admin | May 15, 2009

One day after writing the obituary of the album, I bought the album of the year and first runner up. I have only spinned Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” once but I can’t imagine hearing a better album this year and, mind, i didn’t like “American idiot” all that much. The lyrics to “Breakdown” are…

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The Death Of The Album 1954 – 2009

By admin | May 14, 2009

Chris Difford once claimed Frank Sinatra’s “In The Wee Small Hours Of the Morning” was the first record album as we know it. And he might be right. Produced by Nelson Riddle and recorded in three long sessions it was a series of songs on the theme of unrequited love. And so it began. Vinyl…

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Elvis Presley: I’m right, You’re Left, He’s Gone

By admin | May 13, 2009

“Before there was Elvis there was nothing.” -John Lennon The last time I wrote about Elvis Presley I was a 20something and i did a think piece about how Capitalism destroyed a blue collar, working class hero. Not exactly a lie but hardly the whole truth either. I guess I found the Elvis I needed…

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New Music week of May 11th; Country Music Part III: when mythic heroes roamed the world

By admin | May 12, 2009

After listening some more I must admit to having underestimated Cam’ron’s “Get It In Ohio” -Cam’rons spits the lyric real good, gangstas in the mid-west. The other two songs I have from the new album “Crime Pays” are alright with me, “Silky (No Homo)” has an excellent King Floyd sample and “Cookin’ Up”is all percussion.…

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Dylan and Oberst by the numbers: no masterpieces here…

By admin | May 11, 2009

Together Through This – Bob Dylan 11 Songs:1 Pointless studio rehearsal of “Lay lady Lay”.1 Middling Berry knock off (Chuck, is that you?)1 Croaking atrocity.1 Missed opprtunity-but really missed, missed by a mile the way the “When the night Comes falling from the sky” missed on “Empire Burlesque” only to be redeemed on “Bootleg vol…

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Best Albums Of 2009

By admin | May 11, 2009

Alphabetically by album name All I Ever Wanted – Kelly ClarksonArt Brut Vs Satan – Art BrutBl0od Bank EP – Bon IverCarolina – Eric ChurchCrack The Skye – MastadonDown The Line – Buddy HollyI Feel Cream – PeachesIt’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s (Album of the year?)It’s Not Me, It’s You – Lily AllenJigsaw –…

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By admin | May 10, 2009

Eleven years ago I saw Public Enemy open for Run DMC. PE had recently released their excellent soundtrack for (him again) Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” and they were pretty good. Flavor Flav hadn’t become a cartoon yet and Chuck D hadn’t become irrelevant yet but, and don’t get me wrong I don’t particularly care…

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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…

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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.