If “The Age Of Adaline” sounds exciting, it isn’t, a terrible narrator takes care of that, and though it is a beautiful looking movie, set in San Francisco, still it has little use for its basic premise, Adaline leaves the audience as distant as everybody else in the world, and the sheer joy you’d expect, a sort of past-future axis, is blown off completely.The best scene, Adaline giving a nervous apology, has nothing to do with aging.
So as far as I am concerned The Magic Whip is a return to form. Good, sometimes not good, never as clever as it thinks it is, but with some good Blur songs to add to the catalog. A lot better than I thought it would be.
First these tasteful shirts (above) were on sale: ‘Titties & Beer Thank God I Ain’t Queer’, or ‘Roses Are Red, Areolas Are Pink, Show Me Yours And I’ll Buy You A Drink.’ What kind of message is this sending? That country lovers are a bunch of homophobic misogynist rednecks? Its pretty sad
Tepper wrote many many popular songs. Minor league pop numbers but in retrospect, Presley’s movie tracks with tuneful, playful, self-effacing and often very very good. If Tepper was borderline novelty tunes, the operative word was borderline, and many of them have been part of our pop vernacular since we first heard them.
We are always told to separate the art from the artist, this should be the norm even though it is often difficult. But when it comes to making movies and writing books about artists, I wonder why directors and writers cheerfully transgress this rule and get away with it?
Please note “The Who Band” doesn’t include Roger Daltrey which means, I guess, the stars will be performing the lead singing (Billy was the Ace Face at the Quadrophenia performance at MSG in July 1996) though it hits me as a major missed opportunity because, cmon, what a chance to roll out some great solo Townshend stuff.
The Rangers take the Penguins in five and now have a break before round two. The games were close but if ever a team seemed capable of winner the cup, this is that. Meanwhile, the Mets have an 11 game winning streak stopped by the Yanks, and then beat up on CC the very next day. The season (unlike the weather) is heating up nicely.
Rehab – Amy Winehouse – four years after her death, Amy is timeless on this great song which bypasses irony because it is so good,and so catchy, that its frothy good nature can’t be depressed by a nightmare and uncontrollable addiction – A
There is no getting around Mitch’s love for his daughter, it is a real tragedy, with enough blame to go around. The truth is always nice without being necessary, and whatever the truth is the makers of the movie should be ashamed of themselves for adding to his sorrow.
Perhaps it’s a form of snobbery, but is there anything worse than high-low culture pop music like Josh Groban: yes, he has a good voice but everything it touches melts into sugar cotton candy. It is all sticky and horrid. One exception: “Pure Imagination” isn’t bad… That’s why it is D+ and not D-. It’s like Christian MOR without the excuse of worship.
A slightly below average week with plenty of immensely shruggable music, majoring with Major Lazer, though even Clean Bandit, a band you’d think would always be a joy on the charts, dollop up more of the same. Disappointing without being a big shocker.
If Morgen had wanted to make a film about the impressions that Cobain may have inspired him, the overwhelming sensations that a Nirvana concert may have left on him, I would be totally fine with it, and I would even said this is brilliant. Unfortunately he sells us his movie as the first authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain, and this is where I have a problem, because when it comes to documentaries, I care about fact-checking.
Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams – I offered up Ryan’s name as a musician as great as any in rocks golden age and got pooh poohed the othe day. He is too prolific not to be hit and miss. And this souvener from a two day stand late last year proves his problem is the same as Prince’s in the 1990s and maybe Steve Earle’s today… he doesn’t know when enough is enough. Still, a gorgeous version of a great song – B+
Doncker should be considered in the same breath as Kanye West in the 2010s. Simply: he is the best. Resolutely color blind, Doncker is a musical chameleon, a superb electric blues guitarists at home in any genre you throw at him. He is always working, always writing, always playing around town and always always always creating
The movie, directed by A.M. Bushe, is in black and white, and even features grainy shaky super 8 footages. It also features in-depth interviews, performances, and commentary from many career musicians including Ben Smith (Heart), Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Danny T. Levin (Vampire Weekend, Julian Casablancas), David Moyer (U2, Snoop Dogg, Tears for Fears, Broken Bells)
Gimme All Your Love – Alabama Shakes – This isn’t a career maker, obviously, but it is a big big time soul song that should cement their position as simply one of the best young modernist soul bands in the business: it is where Talking Heads would have been heading if Al Green was the lead singer – A
Infinities is pop art by other means, a well choreographed blast by two youngsters with the spirit of rock inside em whether they know it or not. Their playfulness is just exactly what we want from our entertainment.
I’ve had the new Blur on heavy rotation all week and while it is certainly better than I expected, “There Are Too Many Of Us” was the worst of it, I am obviously not dying of expectation. Raekwon? Maybe. Odessa, the Weepies, Crocodiles, the Brian Jonestown Experience… all subjects of great interest, BUT MARTIN GORE SOLO???? This is actually his second solo album (anybody remember 2003’s Counterfeit?) and wins most anticipated with ease…
So Eric Clapton has been talking about retirement for a year now and these two nights celebrating his 70th birthday sure has the feel of a sirens call. Clapton is one of the blues greats and when I saw him maybe two years ago, he hadn’t lost anything. Indeed, he was better than the well dressed popstar of the 1990s. The only thing stopping me buying one of these shows, Friday and Saturday at MSG, is I am worried the Rangers, who just made it to the second round, are gonna force Eric to move the dates. So I am waiting. If they don’t, I’m there.
In original form, the “worm” was strictly covered in black leather. But I wanted to make it more like a living thing, like an evolutionary side step, a creature that is stuck in its codependency and has rather few possibilities in this world but still has the capacity to dream of better things.
From an early “Be Still And Know” to a late “Softly And Tenderly” and a closing “Holy, Holy, Holy”, Grant maintains a calm, sweet quiet entry into faith: if we can’t join her in Jesus, we can join her in sound.
if I was Jimmy and Jimmy I’d go into reruns till May 20th, the Letterman level is amazingly high. Earloer this week, Jason and Amanda covered “Mutineer” (David was close to Warren of course), and Costello said his farewell. On Monday alone there is Todd Rundgren and John Mellencamp. And what does Fallon have? Glad you asked: the Zac Brown Band.
He started developing his idea in 1974 after taking LSD and listening to Bach, and he now has a version that can synchronize his animations with realtime performances. Of course, avant-garde artist Björk discovered him on Youtube and she used some of his animations for the apps in her Biophilia project.
The Enemy – With Fat Joe sampled, I love everything about this song, and this guy, Big L was simply a master, what a ridiculous loss, “what would you do if a vicious enemy was coming at you…”- A