Billie Holiday

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 700 to 691

By Steve Crawford | March 6, 2021

haunting despondency

rock nyc Heavy Rotation Friday, July 22nd, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | July 22, 2016

Jilted John – Jilted John – This is a rebuke to modern pop, it is a rebuke to those who put professionalism before passion, those who pay their dues. An hysterical dis of the common man, two timed by Julie, and that moron Gordon. The best line? When John runs into Jill and Gordon and…

Music of the 1940’s – The Essential List

By Steve Crawford | April 12, 2014

There were some major setbacks for the music industry in the 1940s. Shellac, the material used for 78 RPMs before vinyl, was needed for World War II military purposes. Also, there were two strikes by the musician’s union during the ‘40s that halted the production of new records.

10 Songs, Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 22, 2014

Spinners – The Hold Steady – For a band I like so much, these guys are sure hit and miss, either it is the same old riff up hook up with speak sing vocals or they nail it down like it is the only song that matters. This is the former except the guitar is tastier than it was, ringing and chiming like never before – B

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

The A+ List 2-14-14

By Iman Lababedi | February 14, 2014

Starting with a spitted out “That’s why I fucked your bitch, you fat mother fucker”, 2Pac takes the Bad Boy crew and blows em away and never better: this time he wipes the smirk off Biggie’s face with a violent, threatening, deadly earnest “Back the fuck up or you’ll get smacked the fuck up.” Result: the murder of two of the biggest pop stars of all time.

The Saddest Songs Ever!!!

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2013

let’s say, you are one of the lucky ones, well, it doesn’t matter because if you have nothing to be sad about, devastated about, your brain won’t let you rest. You’ll make one up. Yes, and if it gets really really bad and it can, it will, it does, it can leave you an emotional and physical wreck, insane with grief, you can die, you can be alone, you can kill yourself. Life doesn’t care.