Live: Billy Joel sucked in the New Year but the Icons Of Funk made up for it in the middle of a blizzard where Bernie Worrell gave a keyboard performance we will never forget.
Recorded: Still on Worrell, Tomas Doncker woke me to Worrell’s superb Elevation (The Upper Air) album, released in November, mostly jazz classics rearranged for piano. Also the only new release Angel Haze’s Dirty Gold and the pre release Marla Mase’s Half Life.
National: A deep freeze settled in late week and a polar vortex is gripping the MidWest and the Northeast. I was out in it here but 5 degrees isn’t -50
Local: Bill di Blasio – New York City goes protective: it looks like di Blasio won’t be that progressive when it comes to quality of life and crime; if he is you are looking at a one term mayor.
Sports: Football fans? The closest you are gonna get to a Manning is gonna be Peyton. Meanwhile, the Knicks find new ways to lose games. JR losing track of the score was the latest.
Death: We lost the incomparable Phil Everly, one half of the greatest brother vocal team ever and a gatway drug for everybody from Simon And Garfunkel to Brian Wilson.
Personal: We are staggered by the ongoing grave illness of rock nyc LLC partner Donna McElroy. I will write more as the situation becomes clearer but for now prayers are requested and required.
Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” With Philip Bailey Bringing Earth, Wind, And Fire
Jazz has always been my first love as a kid
some big country and Americana names
free for all has always been the idea behind EPR
The power-pop sensibilities of the Black Lips
Bey with a double header
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – October 1976 (Volume 8, Number 5)
the man who made the world a safe place for Richard Simmons.