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Oct 20 Tomas Doncker Band And Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Big Apple Blues” Reviewed
This is an electrified tour de force, a statement on the art of the art of music and an important addition to the myth that is New York City. It has been called a journey through black America but that is to damn it with faint praise. This isn’t about black people, it is about what human people should and do and don’t do for each other.
Posted 20 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 20 Amber Jean Young’s Art Exhibit At Subliminal Projects, Friday October 17th 2014
‘Is that Neil Young?’ asked me a guy entering the studio at the same time ‘Yes! And it’s unbelievable!’ I answered. No it wasn’t unbelievable that Neil was there for his daughter’s first solo art show in Los Angeles, but it was unbelievable that I was there, among all these people. Amber was attending, of course, as was Pegi, her mother, and even Stephen Stills showed up
Posted 20 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 20 Afternoons’ ‘Say Yes’ Release Party At El Cid, Friday October 17th 2014
Their uplifting songs filled with multi harmonies and wide-screen melodies, which can very easily turn into joyous sing-alongs. Their computer crashed after just one song, they also lost some part of their drum set at one point but this didn’t stop them for very long. May be I hadn’t noticed before
Posted 20 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 20 Some Thoughts On Andy Garcia’s “Looking For Johnny”
“Looking For Johnny” was everything it could possibly be, it respected the story as best it could where no one else seems to bother, an excellent memory of a great guitarist,a legendary musician, a towering New Yorker and an influence for every other rock band playing the 7pm set at Arlene’s grocery.
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Oct 20 That Was The Week That Was: October 13th, 2014
This entire week belonged to Tay, Lena Durham said she wanted a Taylor Swift song at her wedding. Impressed? LENA IS DATING JACK ANTONOFF!! The Diet Pepsi commercial was so awesomely cute I still haven’t recovered and the song on it was fabulous; the new song (not single mind) “Out Of The Woods” is great EDM. Plus? 7 more days till 1989.
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Oct 20 UK Top 10 Albums 10-25-14
Sure “Ghosts” is Ok but not over an album, meanwhile I am kinda shocked to find U2 in the charts. I guess not as many people have Itunes as I thought (80 million streams of the album by the way). ANything else? Nope, go back to whatever you were doing.
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Oct 20 UK Top 10 Singles 10-25-14
This may well be the best singles charts I’ve seen since I started seriously monitoring the charts; Trainor followed by Taylor we have been used to for the past month, but than a good 1D and then a GREAT Ed Sheeran, the best on his current album, and it doesn’t really end, the Paloma and Jeremih I can live without but they aren’t that bad, and the Vamps S&G cover is awesome.
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Oct 20 10 Songs: Monday, October 20th, 2014
Off their final (or is that last?) album The Woods, this acoustic pop song makes you wonder why they weren’t more popular with the album reaching # 80 on the Billboard 200, their best placing ever. So, of course, they broke up. This is a really quite wonderful singalong acoustic folk good feel – A
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Oct 19 Dick Destiny’s “Loud Folk Live” Reviewed
On song after song, Destiny and drummer Mark Smollin find the joy in creation, in song, in raising your voices and if polemic doesn’t swing, songs like “Hooray For The Salvation Army Band” and the sublime “Patriotic Class warfare” swing from the rafters.
Posted 19 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 19 Salad Days: The Birth Of Punk In The Nation’s Capital’ A New Documentary About The Punk Scene
The trailer is officially out and you will recognize members of Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbo
Posted 19 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 19 Ebola Is A Form Of Population Control, According To Chris Brown
As of October 15th, there have been 17 cases of Ebola reported outside of Africa, whereas 8,376 suspected cases and 4,024 deaths had been reported in West Africa… now imagine if someone white had tweeted the same thing?
Posted 19 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 19 Rockford’s “I Tried” Reviewed
“I Tried” is a big time blues rocker which sounds like the way cali blues should, a deep bass and a very strong guitarist with a straight ahead beat, the song is about as good as rock gets in 2014, there is nowhere else for it to go
Posted 19 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 19 Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing”At Roundabout Theatre, Friday, October 17th, 2014, Reviewed
it doesn’t matter how well written the ideas are if you can’t hear them and the magic at the heart of “The Real Thing” is lost. It isn’t there any more. I know what I love in the play because I’ve read it and I’ve seen it, but I wouldn’t have known it from this bad production
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Oct 19 Must See? Conor Oberst At the Beacon This December
So why go again for “A Benefit Concert Holiday Cheer For FUV Conor Oberst And Friends” at the Beacon Theater on December 8th? I mean, over and above Conor having proven his abilities with a carol? I just have a lotta time for Conor
Posted 19 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 19 Let’s Active: rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of October 20th, 2014
The eagerly awaited Yusef Komunyakaa – Tomas Doncker Band collaboration Big Apple Blues will be released on Tuesday, and the afternoon gig at NJPAC on Friday is the one to keep your eye on for sure. But Komunyakaa has any number of other performances coming up
Posted 19 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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