Written by | December 25, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

Written by Phil Spector along with Brill Building giants Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Bono has he work cut out for him trying to match Darlene loves heartwrenching take , that it has become a holiday staple in this version is purely because only a band with the heart and sincerity could even try to match it

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Written by | December 25, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

Santa is looking over my shoulder and tutting or nodding his head in appreciation because, just before he flys off to give all the good girls and boys gifts, he is picking up our list to help with some of the more famous among us and rock nyc is here to help…

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Written by | December 25, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

My daughters are in fourth grade now and to see the BELIEF in their eyes and to hear the EXCITEMENT in their stories is priceless. I never questioned how Santa Claus came while there were still adults present but my daughters did. I lie more during the holidays than any other time of year.

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Written by | December 25, 2013 0:02 | No Comments

It’s back and worse than ever! Yes, you remember when Helen and Mary used to write this for us but then they stopped because the dynamic duo got sick of it but since they are both enjoying their vacation and I alone am responsible for the next EIGHT DAYS!, I’m am resurrecting it. With any luck no one will read this because it sucks

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Written by | December 24, 2013 0:07 | No Comments

I’m amazed at how much I write about KISS and Gene Simmons. I’m not a fan and I think it may be that I am really stunned at how all these years after their career peaked they have remained so much in the spotlight and oddly relevant. I also have never cut and paste an entire piece before and I aint gonna lie- I feel sorta lazy for doing so.

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Written by | December 23, 2013 0:06 | 4 responses

I would like to thank all our readers, while we are small, we have had over a million readers over the years and we have done this simply through the writing, no faking readership or viewers, and I appreciate you spending your time with us.

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Written by | November 10, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

I saw her at T5 in 2008 and thought she was really cool and Sandie Shaw of herself and if the cover of Keane’s innocuous “Somewhere Only We Know” is her second step back (she did the Pink duet last year), it isn’t a bad one at all.

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Written by | December 26, 2010 8:58 | No Comments

Merry X-mas to all!! (Even though I didn’t even realize it was Jesus/Santa’s birthday until about an hour ago.) Regardless, I am with my family, we are having a wonderful time; laughing together of times past, going on various adventures, drinking, overall having quite a merry time; the fact that we are in Costa Rica defiantly doesn’t hurt either. My family enjoys doing many things together, unfortunately, a lot of time that involves sitting around some kind of screen, (TV, Movie, iPad..ect.) Nonetheless we are together, we are happy. Well I hate TVs, for one it is un-social, for second, …

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Written by | December 25, 2010 9:00 | No Comments

On the first day of Christmasrocknyc gave to me One thirty fab posts per week On the second day of Christmasrocknyc gave to me Two Edit- Ors and One thirty fab posts per week On the third day of Christmasrocknyc gave to meThree Tech- No’s Two Edit- Ors and One thirty fab posts per week On the fourth day of Christmasrocknyc gave to me :Four  Hip Bastards Three Tech- No’s Two Edit- Ors and One thirty fab posts per week On the fifth day of Christmasrocknyc gave to me :Five Bono Slams Four  Hip Bastards Three Tech- No’s Two Edit- Ors and …

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Written by | December 25, 2010 8:59 | No Comments

It’s Christmas, and we need a Christmas song, what about the best one ever… what about ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl? It’s a powerful song, so sad and fierce at the same time, which starts like a melancholic piano ballad and bursts into soaring vocals and strings that tells an Irish love story/a broken dream drama. It’s no fairytale, not a Christmas fairytale,… rather an anti-Christmas tale, like real life, like let’s get real and let’s get lost. In a few lines you get a more heartbreaking tragic story than most long novels can come …

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Written by | December 25, 2010 8:15 | No Comments

Do you want a Christmas with Fitz and the Tantrums? They have released a song for this special day, and it’s called ‘Santa stole my Lady’. The song is pretty much in the same retro-soul style and rhythm that their album, it’s quite slow-paced, but there are these famous horns, Noelle Scaggs’ vocal back-ups and Michael Fitzpatrick’s voice, making the whole thing warm and fuzzy. In only a year or so, this band has literally exploded on the LA music scene, and they played a sold-out show at the El Rey last November, where they also performed this song. So …

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Written by | December 25, 2010 8:02 | No Comments

Written in the 1500s and rewritten the 1850s before being translated into English, “Good King Wincelas” has always hit me as a beautiful piece of Christmas goddeledegoop. It is also one of theose songs that I only know the opening lines to: “Good King Wincelas last looked at on the feast of Steven, when the snow lay all about, something and something and even…” But you learn something new every day, King Wincelas was a Czeksolvakian Saint who on the second dsay of Christmas, went out with his Page to give away food and stuff to the poor and it …

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Written by | December 25, 2010 8:01 | No Comments

Arcade Fire – Naughty – Wim Butler is the Mr. Burns of rock. A creepy crawly who always ends up being naughty.Release the hounds. Bono – Naughty-  Over and above making audiences pay huge fees to listen to songs U2 have not recorded from huge distances, he’s been involved in writing crap show music and endangaring the well being of actors on broadway. Eminem – Naughty – Sobriety may have its plusses, but sanctimony never does. Eric Benet – Nice -After years of being considered the scummiest crooner on Earth for being unfaithful to Hally Berry, one great album, the 70s …

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Written by | December 24, 2010 8:55 | No Comments

“Merry Christmas Darling”, a 1970 tune, is one of a handful of “contemporary” Xmas melodies one can’t avoid hearing in the mall trawl from Thanksgiving till New Years Day. The hauntingly present voice on that track (which many people consider the quintessential female pop vox of the last 40 years) belonged to a drummer.   Karen Carpenter was a pretty gosh darn capable and tasteful percussionist:  a drummer who sang.  She had set her heart on playing drums (not singing) while in high school and afterward continued a career playing in her brother Richard’s band.  However, it wasn’t her playing …

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Written by | December 24, 2010 8:45 | No Comments

Dear Santa, We here at rock nyc come from may walks of life.  We are professionals, we are hipsters, we are metal heads and techno geeks we are very, very strange.  But as the team spokesperson I gotta tell you we have been really good.  We have all done our best, I think.  I think everyone but me didn’t swear much, and well aside from me and Iman no one was very mean. We hope we are on your good list and if we aren’t we’re going to have to contact our lawyers for arbitration.But I will present our wish list …

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Written by | December 24, 2010 8:02 | No Comments

Sure, “Christmas In Harlem” is a great song. As good as “Christmas On Riverside Drive”? ” It’s A Big Country”? “Christmas Wrapping”? I dunno, i don’t thing so. That is three songs off A Ze Christmas alone. So Rolling Stone’s preposterous claim that Kanye West’s new song, which falters lyrically, is one of the greatest Christmas songs ever is beond ridiculous and pathetic, it is Dan Aquilante stupid. I love the song, come back in five years and it still won’t be as popular (or as good) as even “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.

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Written by | December 24, 2010 8:01 | No Comments

1. Christmas On riverside Drive – August Darnell – It brings a calypso Christmas to Harlem and the spirit of the season, a style and sensibility. Now this is one of the greats. 2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey – This is shamanism pure and simple. How the hell did she pull off this classic. A sheer joy, immortalized in “Love Actually” actually, which you have to see if you haven’t seen it yet. 3. Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me – Elvis Presley – Sure, “Blue Christmas” is the sexy one. This is …

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Written by | December 23, 2010 10:25 | No Comments

Folks. JINGLE A CHUNK ‘O CHANGE and contribute  to some worthy musical causes this holiday season. Here are a few last minute gift ideas — pass the hat and salve the world’s ills with the best medicine your change can buy! C — being a working musician isn’t all about winning a Grammy.  It’s about being able to support oneself and one’s family — and that even includes one’s grammy sometimes.  Everyone sings the blues when times get tough and MISFOR is a prefix to every tune. Listeners, this season make it all about solidarity with the players by proactively …

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Written by | December 23, 2010 8:03 | No Comments

There is something I kinda like about Chris Martin. Not the music of course. That’s just awful. But he seems to say the right thing: he is like the anti-Wim Butler. There is something very secure in Coldp[lay’s self-deprecation. Why should they care if I fun em? They fun themselves enough. According to canoe.com  Coldplay played “the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, England to raise awareness of men and women living on the streets in Britain. They performed with a choir made up of the homeless – and Martin chose to eat with them after the concert rather than attend …

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Written by | December 21, 2010 9:01 | No Comments

Taking Back Sunday is looking for attention so lets do it. To release a holiday song the week of  Christmas is nothing more than a ‘HEY don’t forget US’, but to release this?  “Merry Christmas, I Missed You So Much”… Well, its right up there as one of the lamest lyrically and musically that I have ever heard.  It sort of makes me realize why TBS is still….somewhat obscure.   Hows that for being Holiday kind? I cant see this being scream worthy other than maybe by their sisters and moms.   Its a wreck. It would have been better to …

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Written by | December 19, 2010 9:00 | No Comments

 HENDRICKS sez… “Vince is what you call a piano player.  That’s different from a pianist.  A pianist can play anything that you can put in front of him.  A piano player can play anything BEFORE you can put it in front of him.”  Who the hell is Dr. Vince Funk?  OH — GOOD GRIEF! Why — It’s VINCE GUARALI — with a D! CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE!  THAT Vince Guaraldi?      I have such fond Xmas memories of The Chipmunks!  But, I digress. We’re talkin’ ‘bout none other than the man who laid down the grooooove for Joe …

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Written by | December 18, 2010 8:57 | No Comments

  It could change by tomorrow but for right now right this second here it is.   Christmas songs either hit you or they don’t.   These hit me. 1- Merry Fucking Christmas- The Fuck Off and Dies.  Ghosts of Christmas Past indeed! 2- 2000 Miles- The Pretenders .. just cuz mind your own business 3- Father Christmas- The Kinks  It isn’t Christmas til I hear this it reminds me of my Dad. 4-Merry Christmas Baby (I don’t want to fight tonight) The Ramones- better than soy nog 5- Christmas Song  Jethro Tull.  If this doesn’t hit home you’re an ass. Nearly …

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Written by | December 18, 2010 8:27 | No Comments

So the side project of Story of The Year,   The Fuck Off and Die’s have a holiday offering.  I like it!  Its very short but its fun and this I think could well be the song to make Aunt Martha leave early. I hit their myspace ready to bash them for the dumb name instead I end up on a peppermint latte double espresso one girl mosh pit right here in my office! Holy Cow this is old school punk rock 80s style!  I love the word ‘fuck’ and they use it in every song.  The songs are fast, stupid pointless and …

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Written by | December 16, 2010 8:02 | No Comments

This new Christmas song by the ridiculously prolific Kanye West is a great number. Like so much of Kanye’s work it would taste sweeter if it cut deeper byut that is nitpicking. “Christmas In harlem” has a vocal to die for from CyHi Da Prynce & Teyana Taylor and the spirit of the thing is pure.. It is a lowkey sweetie pie. I got it off Nah right and you can only stream it, but the cats think it should be available as part of TGIF. Apparently, “Ye says everybody is on it ‘ Cam, Vado, Jimmy, Pusha, Big Sean, …

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Written by | December 14, 2010 8:32 | No Comments

Well now down at the trailer park when the boys get out of the plant they head on over to Lilly’s for a beer and a snort and then they go home to their fat wives and filthy kids. They bitch while eating manwiches and tater tots.  When they’re done they head on to the sittin’ room and spit tobacco in a can with their pants undone watching TV oh and listen to this shit. Corey Taylor has teetered with me.  Done some great philanthropic work.  Was as indecisive as a woman on Slipknots future and showed a softer side with …

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Written by | December 14, 2010 8:30 | No Comments

If you thought Jack Blacks animated Drummer Boy Peace On Earth sucked… you ain’t seen nothing yet. I love Will Ferrell and John C Reilly.   I have been told I have the sense of humour of a 14 year old boy. So you would think I would like this but I cant find anything funny. The guys are pancake makeuped disturbingly thick and I swear the ‘mugging’ just isn’t funny. The vocals are fine the music is fine but there really isn’t anything worth even having this done.   A true ‘why did we bother making this’ video.  And a …

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Written by | December 12, 2010 8:15 | No Comments

Remember these guys?  Remember when Stipe looked healthy if not cute?  And remember the ‘unibrow’…. sorta sets me back longing for the days of  pop stars past… How times have change how appearance has changed but in keeping with tradition they have released Christmas cheer to their fan club members, and since I am not I have snagged it elsewhere.  Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is not sung by Stipe but it has a sorta REM feel, sorta. A band really isn’t a band unless the ‘regular vocal’ is there. Well this isn’t earth shatteringly good but just another remake …

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Written by | December 11, 2010 13:09 | No Comments

With all the joy of a naval exercise in the Pacific, the precise, fast moving, snapshot of the Hot 100 came to MSG one more time. And what a drag it was. It took two and a half hours, it took Michael Buble’s three song. eleven minute set, for the night to gel. “Hollywood”, followed by “Haven’t Met You Yet” and, finally, with Buble joining the audience of screaming pubescent girls on the floor, a rousing singalong to “Let It Snow”. It was an oddly moving moment in a regimental evening of programmed sounds, listening to 20,000 girls singing the one …

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Written by | December 10, 2010 8:12 | No Comments

Los Campesinos. Now theres a band name I never thought I would type.  Artsy hipster time.  But I found some neat stuff.  Apparently they DIY a quarterly fanzine called “Heat Rash” Within that rag they give you a free 7″.  Talk about hipsternation! So of course since Ive suddenly become the Kasey Casem of rocknyc holiday music I offer it up to you. “Kindle A Flame In Her Heart” is not torture.   Its not great nor is it an instant classic. But the Starbucks set can call it their own, it has some fun lyrics at the end anyway and …

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Written by | December 9, 2010 8:31 | No Comments

Ever see a new song and get all stoked cuz its one of your favorite performers and you weren’t expecting anything? Yeah me too, well sometime its just not meant to be. The Streets Christmas song “Our Christmas song… i don’t want it to be me”, starts off well enough… but I just plain kept waiting for the good part. That good part never came and it makes me sad. Mikey Skinner, C’MON!  I have been singing your praises to ever American with an ear (or eye!) and this is my reward? I really expected a good talk over ( …

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Written by | December 6, 2010 8:42 | No Comments

The band Bayside have released a Christmas song that actually is fantastic.   Its hard to believe the sexy hardcore beasts from Queens can make a traditional holiday hymn not only cool but with vocals so interesting I would never have been able to identify them as Anthony Renari. Although there is a video for it, its simply graphic.  Another plus is not seeing the band in Santa hats or some other crap trying to be cute. Just a great cover of a fantastic song that could potentially help all involved know more than the first verse. This will be …

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Written by | December 5, 2010 8:46 | No Comments

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones got some mighty mighty nerve to take on a remake of The Pretenders “2000 Miles”. I do like MMB’s sound, vocalist, Dickey Barrett is unique and raspy and I like the horns and all but.. This sucks. The video aside from showing some pretty cool Boston sights is about as endearing as watching Uncle Steve’s vacation to the Grand Canyon slides. If you’re going to tackle a monster holiday classic do one of two things 1- take your own spin on it 2- attempt to respect it instead of pissing in the eggnog. Worse holiday remake of …

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Written by | December 5, 2010 8:35 | No Comments

Perhaps you recall the Silent Recording gimmick.  Where musicians are recording dead air and you can buy it with the proceeds going to charity. Great idea, minimal investment… seriously videotape the performer with headphones and a mic reading the  paper or something and boom.  All done. I suppose we should be loving the ingenuity but personally I think its lame So who’s on the UK side of this great collaboration? Pete Doherty, can he actually go 4 min without a sound?  There gotta be a cough or sniff in that time, The Big Pink, Billy Bragg and The Kooks all …

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Written by | December 3, 2010 8:05 | No Comments

 Tis the season to be inundated with mostly breathtakingly crappy Christmas songs, original or covers, all awful, all useless, all should be, as Scrooge once put it so wisely (my second Dickens quote in two posts: go figure) “boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart”. First on the list would be Dylan for last years cursed Christmas album. And first runner up is ding dong Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” -the Antichrist to Lennon’s Jesus “Happy Xmas (War Is Over If You Want It”. I do my level best to simply …

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Written by | December 2, 2010 15:59 | No Comments

The Tower Records on Broadway and West 4th was one of my fave hangouts in the city. Back in the day I would go on album buying marches from the HMV on West 77th all the way to Tower. Just spend the day buying albums.   That doesn’t happen any more and today the Tower is a “Wired” -as in the tech geek mag, outlet, for cool gadgets and cooler parties. Here a 3D TV, there an electronically heated coat! No prices on anything which is just as well.   Wednesday night was Girlie Action’s Christmas party. Girlie Action is …

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Written by | December 2, 2010 9:00 | No Comments

Last Christmas Day, Helen and Mary wrote the 12 Days of rock nyc Christmas and in the wild hope that they remix it for 2010, here is the original reposted… On the first day of Chrismas Rock Nyc gave to us An amazing blog on the internetOn the second day of Christmas Rock NYC gave to us2 Bands from Berk leeOn the third day of Chritmas Rock NYC gave to us 3 hardcore writersOn the fourth day of Christmas Rock NYC gave to us4 Bono InsultsOn the fifth day of Christmas Rock NYC gave to us 5 WHERES MY POSTS?!?!??/On the sixth day of ChristmasRock NYC gave …

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Written by | November 27, 2010 8:10 | No Comments

Is the cover of this piece of crap Holiday offering supposed to be quirky and funny?  Cuz its just as lame as the songs it shrouds. Holiday music is important, it sets the mood it brings back memories its just cool in general.  In my never ending car ride to Manhattan yesterday the Magpie and I attempted to think up songs that were Thanksgiving exclusives and came up with Adam Sandler….yeah.. it was 4am cut us some slack.. Christmas though?  Anyone with a mic can whip off their holiday album and they do. Well, everyone but Scott Weiland who decided to …

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Written by | November 26, 2010 9:00 | No Comments

So, now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, Christmas is up next. Here’s a playlist to get you into a holiday spirit.   1. “30 Days”- NeverShoutNever! I hate to admit it, but I can honestly say that this is my favourite holiday song of all time. 2. “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out”- Fall Out Boy. I totally forgot about this one, but it’s totally perfect and Patrick’s voice is so pure 3. “December Is For Cynics”- The Matches. “Ho ho ho we’re so much better” is the line that should just draw you in. 4. “Forget December”- Something …

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