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Oct 01 Magnolia Memoir’s New Album ‘Pale Fire’ Reviewed
While the title song burns its own fire, ‘Peeling Paint’ rocks as hard as some vintage 70’ number while keeping a poppy heart, and ‘Resurrected’, the last song of the album, tells the whole story: frontwoman Mela Lee was involved in a terrible car accident in April 2014
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Oct 01 Cat Power, Gogol Bordello, The Pixies At The Hollywood Bowl, Sunday September 28th 2014
This was a promising night, the final concert of the Hollywood Bowl’s season, a sold-out-18,000-people night, but a weird night too, with an eclectic line-up: Cat Power, Gogol Bordello and the Pixies! Who would ever think these three bands would fit one day on the same bill?
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Oct 01 15 Essential Soft Soul Songs from the Early ‘70s
In the early 1970s, it was a custom for African-American men to sport large Afros, wear polyester suits, and sing in falsettos that made wine glasses tremble. Here are 15 groovy soft songs of love and heartbreak from 1970 to 1972. The line below lists the songwriters and the peak position on the pop charts. I know you can dig it, baby
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Oct 01 Watch The Trailer Of The New PTA’s Film, ‘Inherent Vice’
I have no real excuse for posting a movie trailer on a music blog, except that we review movies sometimes, and that music is always like a central character in Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies: this new one has the voice of indie harpist Joanna Newsom, who is serving as the film’s narrator in the movie
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Oct 01 John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken” Reviewed
This is a truth Mellencamp seems to instinctively understand, these songs are about people with a different sort of understanding of life, a different type of connection to the land: that’s why he plays Farm Aid. Plain spoken, from the earth to the earth, American homeland, Mellencamp plain spokenly speaks for it and us on a fine, folk rocker album
Posted 01 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 01 Best Songs Through September 30th, 2014
Nothing as excited as last month, here they are mostly album tracks, plus songs off albums that didn’t make it onto the best of they year list. Three from Julian Casablancas but put that down to contrariness, and the only reason I only put three of the four Trainor tracks here is I was afraid of overkill.
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Oct 01 Best Albums Through September 30th, 2014
Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen – He is melodic the way a bassoon is melodic, or maybe the way the memory of a teenage love is melodic, the contours remain there even if the details are lost forever and the two first songs are among the best he has ever written and everything else is damn near perfect as well.
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Oct 01 10 Songs: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Action Cat – Gerald Way – This sounded impressive when he leaked it last month and as the leader on the fine new album it is a fuzzball of garage rock and proto-emo guitars – B+
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Sep 30 THE “ACOUSTIC ANARCY” POSTER SUITABLE FOR FRAMING!!!
rock nyc is beyond excited for what looks to be a hard rocking loud soft evening of cool young bands…
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Sep 30 Be Here Now: First Takes On New Album Releases 9-30-14
One more chance to hear that wonderful falsetto on a terrific and beautiful pop album. On “Don’t Cry Alone” he sounds operatic and glorious and if the tempo is a little too slow too often, he wrote it right after Maurice died and everything will get to you. Hold on for the Bee Gees cover – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-
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Sep 30 rock nyc Is A Partner For “Acoustic Anarchy” , October 9th
Through our friendship with Roger And Cowan, rock nyc was invited to be a strategic promo partner at the Cake Shop Acoustic Anarchy Gig on Octber 9th. Having hung out just about every night from 1979 to 1980, when I finally got a job and couldn’t spend all my time there, there is nothing I understand much better than the spirit of CBGBs
Posted 30 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 30 Chanel Is Releasing $5,000 Headphones
The company used to make headphones for Beats by Dre before an acrimonious split sent both companies in different directions. Monster has concentrated on high-profile collaborations with fashion and sporting brands, so a set of Chanel headphones doesn’t come as a huge surprise.’
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Sep 30 Starbucks’ Pick Of The Week: ‘Palisades Park’ By Counting Crows
He seems so passionate when he sings it, but there is a certain dullness in all this and I can’t be interested enough to want to know more about the song. Although it comes with a mini movie directed by Bill Fishman, that tells a lot about the band’s cinematic ambitions
Posted 30 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 30 Phil Spector Lost The Ability To Speak
He deserves to be jailed, he was a woman beating asshole of huge proportions (as David Mamet recently had Spector say in his movie: “why was Jesus Christ killed? He got too big for his britches”) and even so, I like there to be choices in life and this is just a dreadful story with no choice whatsoever
Posted 30 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 30 Direct Currents UpComing Releases Through November 25th, 2014
I am really psyched for The Art Of McCartney, an elbow live (they were so great at Webster Hall earlier this year), really interested to see if Devon Allman can step into the family business, Bob Dylan’s complete “The Basement Tapes”, Neil Diamond back t his pop roots, Brian Wilson, TV On The Radio were great earlier this year but not sure about the album, and, er, Jerry Lee Lewis!!!
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Blake Shelton At Madison Square Garden, Friday, August 1st, 2014, Reviewed

Blake Shelton At Madison Square Garden, August 2014

Blake Shelton At Madison Square Garden, August 2014

Now here is one of the best ideas for an Arena show ever, have a singer perform during set changes so there isn’t a deadly lull for twenty minutes or so. That’s exactly what Blake Shelton had veteran Nashville singer Neal McCoy do. McCoy is a funny, somewhat weird country guy, asking for an American flag (MSG, to its credit, didn’t have one), annoying the stage hands, telling lame jokes, and oddball covers, opening one mini-set with “New York State Of Mind” and mashing “Kaw-Liga” with “Another One Bites The Dust” before dusting off “Come Together”, along with his own hits “The Shake” and “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On”. Neal invites his stage manager and merchandise guy on stage so they can say they’ve performed at MSG and there is no down time tonight.

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Queen III -Margaret Mullen Has Our Third Review Of The MSG Concert Last week

Queen fantasy

Queen fantasy

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” comes to mind when Adam Lambert joins Queen on stage. Covered in studded black leather, he lifts his black shades looking out to 18,000+ people at Madison Square Garden on Thursday evening. Am I really here? The stage is fairly simple with an arched walkway leading to a large round screen in the center background. At the start of the show, when lit up yellow, it reminds me of the yellow brick road leading to the great and powerful OZ. Grant me just one wish. Queen + Adam Lambert … Now I’m Here, think I’ll stay around around around.

Adam Lambert played his version of a campy (rock lord no) queen (yes) moderately well. Lambert is vocally strong but he is new to this game and obviously grateful for the opportunity as he bows down to the rock gods themselves several times. He tries his best to engage with the mature audience as best he knows (he appears younger than his 32 years). “Hi Mom!” with a bottle of champagne in his hand “during times of loneliness I douse myself in rhinestones like any sensible gay would do,” blah, blah, blah drinking too much (have no idea if he really does), blah, blah, blah wanting to find love and then “I’m getting very Oprah” and “I think we’re just looking for Somebody to Love”. Thank goodness he got to the punch line.

Adam Lambert put his best foot forward Thursday night after stepping in shit as the runner-up of Season 8 of American Idol. AI has produced some successful results: Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson but I have never purchased any of their music (although Clarkson has a couple songs on my workout list via Spotify) and would never purchase tickets to see them in concert … or so I thought.

Lambert is no Freddie Mercury and he makes it clear it is not his intention. The evening is was more about resuscitating one of the great rock bands of the 80s. Interestingly enough, Another One Bites the Dust “was used in a study to train medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions to 110 beats per minute … as recommended by the Resuscitation Council.” It’s on Wikipedia. It must be true. At best the evening (and Mercury substitute) put Queen on life support. Adam Lambert fulfills a dream and the musicians can continue making love to their instruments and bring the larger than life deceased Freddie Mercury back from the dead. “After all these years who would have thought we would have the chance to be rock gods again?” Cannot help but like Brian May. He appears authentically happy to do what he loves. Love of My Life was a very tender and raw performance and I enjoyed listening to the audience sing-along.

My history with Queen is minimal, listened during my high school years with friends but never owned an album. Wrote a piece titled Anatomy of a Song: Bohemian Rhapsody and familiarized myself with Freddie Mercury and the song, not the band. There is a verse in the song referencing Galileo and I remember discounting someone’s opinion regarding Freddie adding it because of Brian May’s interest in astronomy. I wanted it to be more. Apparently, Brian May is an astrophysicist studying to earn his PhD in Astrology. The light show, a highlight for me, was certainly astronomical during May’s somewhat trippy (and long) guitar solo.

I enjoyed the show. Live music, an evening with friends in wonderful New York City was time well spent.

 

Queen At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, July 17th, 2014, Reviewed

Adam Is Queen

Adam Is Queen

Never before have so few done so much with so little. Queen are simply not a very good band saved from obscurity by the ashtrays of emotion that was Freddie Mercury and a firm grasp on maybe half a dozen indelible songs. Queen was what you got when Mercury added Liberace to Elvis Presley and their best songs were operatic flamboyance added  to 50s rock and roll, performed by a UK heavy metal band from the 70s. Head banging with flair.

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