Recorded: Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers towers above the week. A pathetic three star review in Rolling Stone and a general missing the point of perfection by everybody else, this is maybe the album of the year. It must be Top Five. What price doing the work of a lifetime and people not listening? Ask the True Groove collective, whose Funky World is yet another in a seemingly endless collection of astounding album that Tomas and his musicians knock off with ease. Great albums by Lera Lynn, Banks, Tricky, Loudon Wainwright III and others were released in a terrific week for music.
Live: I caught Tom Petty and I caught Chromeo and I wasn’t particularly thrilled by either. But I did get tix for Maroon 5 and Lorde (tonight!) so let’s see.
Politics: Personal to Obama: Can you leave off Syria till I get my money out.
Sports: The season is just about over for the Mets and the Yanks. The latter can’t even sell out the overlarge, over loud and stupidly expensive citadel of tedium where you can’t buy a good seat without a second mortgage, suffering sparse attendance while Derek Jeter plays out the string of his career.
Death: Houston’s great jazz pianist Joe sample, dead at 75. Primal Scream’s great guitarist Robert “Throb” Young, dead at 49. Bob Crewe, the Four Seasons producer and writer of songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” leaves us at the age of 81
Television: Dr Who came into its own with the third episode of the new season, though I do find it sad that the romance between Who and the Impossible Girl has been scuttled with the leaving of Matt Smith.