The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 6-2-23 – 6-8-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2023 |

a beat that captivates

Best Of 2023: Albums by Artist In Order Of Preference Through May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2023 |

Matt’s re-imagining of The Beatles 1965

Best Of 2023: Songs In Order Of Preference Through May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 1, 2023 |


Best Albums Of 2023: Alphabetically By Artist Ending May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 1, 2023 |

UK queercore duo

US Top Ten Singles Tracking 5-19-23 – 5-25-23

By Iman Lababedi | May 31, 2023 |

still crushing it at # 1

Paramore At Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 31, 2023 |

Madison Square Garden get the fuck outta here

Brief Encounters: New Albums 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 30, 2023 |

I couldn’t find peace without all the violence

Why Write For

By admin | May 30, 2023 |

It allows you to be part of the vibrant music community

Press Releases For May, Here Are The Artists

By Alyson Camus | May 29, 2023 |

the ethereal pop song sprawls with urgency

Taylor Swift’s “The Era Tour” Reaches MetLife Arena, May 28th, 2023, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 29, 2023 |

tried way too hard and ended up a crushing bore

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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)…

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The Dead at MSG. April 25th, 2009: What a long, strange, long (long) night it’s been; 2008 Best albums

By admin | April 26, 2009

Around the fifteen minute mark of “Shakedown Street” the Dead segued into “He’s Gone” -a song Jerry Garcia used to take lead, and the pastoral, countryfied and unique jam of the past hour defined itself: Weir sang “Nothing left to do but smile, smile , smile…” and he was right. In the world of jam…

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2008: a glance back at a great year

By admin | April 25, 2009

Sounds don’t make a U-Turn on January 1st so why it should be a year has its own distinct personality is beyond me. If there was a theme to 2008 it was everybody from My Morning Jacket to TV On the Radio -bands who have been around for years- mking not just their most commercial…

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When Good Bands Go Bad; more thoughts on fiction

By admin | April 24, 2009

On a certain evening last year you might have found me in the cheap seats at MSG, eyes glazed over, fingers on temples, trying desperately to stay awake halfway through R.E.M’s set. They were promoting yet another depressingly bad album “Accelerate” (I only bought three songs off this misnamed product and they were just not…

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Juliana Hatfield: Hey Babe, Bye Babe; a Fiction Romance

By admin | April 23, 2009

I know i promised a Juliana Hatfield overview but as I started researching I realised she wrote an autobiography, “When I Grow Up,” last year which I have just downloaded onto my kindle and will give a quick read before I attempt my usual brief to the point of incoherrence think piece. This kindle (my…

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New releases April 21st; anti-Beatles matter; best gay anthem ever?

By admin | April 22, 2009

Every Tuesday Itune changes my life: I go through the new releases, buy ten to fifteen songs, tuesday evening buy another couple from people’s whose songs I liked and by Saturday decide whether I want to invest in the entire album. So here’s this weeks round up: It is more than possible Pet Shop Boys…

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Taylor and Miley: the difference between talent and genuis

By admin | April 21, 2009

Miley Cyrus is a talented girl, a fine comedienne with a nice voice and some good -and sometimes some great- material. She might be the Marie Osmond of the 00s and she might be more. With a howling pack of tweens and younger girls screaming for blood she appears to be traversing the horrors of…

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Lily Allen live at Roseland April 20th, 2009 reviewed; the Dead were the Byrds, no, really

By admin | April 21, 2009

The back up band was a bit nondescript, the mix was screwed up on the first two songs, she didn’t perform “Alfie” and otherwise Lily was excellent at Roseland last night. I arrived halfway through the opening band’s set and I have one valuable piece of advise for them: CHANGE YOUR NAME. They are a…

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Me and Polly Magoo; lost rock clubs; best sets ever; people I should love and don’t

By admin | April 20, 2009

Back in the day PJ Harvey could do no wrong: from the insane charged and sexual confusion of her earliest solo work like “Dry” and “Rid Of Me’ to the Jungian wetness of “To Bring Your love To Me” (possibly the best album of 1994) we were right there with her. But then things went…

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Lil Wayne and the state of hip hop

By admin | April 19, 2009

To paraphrase: hip hops been going down hill ever since Biggie died and by now… wow, if you’d told me five years ago, when the Cash Money crew got blown off stage by Eminem, Snoop, and Dre at Summer Jam, Lil Wayne would be the keeper of the faith idda wondered who shot Jay-Z. Well,…