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Oct 25 Mansions On The Moon At Sonos Studios, Tuesday October 21st 2014
The four members – Lane Shaw on drums, Jeff ‘baby’ Maccora on bass and programming, Ted Wendler on guitar and vocals and Ben Hazlegrove on keys –seemed to be in a very good mood on Tuesday night, joking around and visibly happy about their first milestone
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Oct 25 Kenny G Angers China And Turns To Be A Coward
it nevertheless didn’t please the Chinese government at all, which held a press conference, no less, reminding ‘foreign governments and individuals’ to ‘speak and act cautiously and not support [Hong Kong’s] Occupy Central and other illegal activities in any form’.
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Oct 25 Eric Clapton To Play Seven Nights In London, Can New York Be Far Behind
Seven days is the sort of figure that sounds like someone is making sure everybody gets one last chance to see him and if he plays at MSG and does, three maybe four nights, you can kinda count him out and more is the pity. What a great guitarist, what an incredible career.
Posted 25 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 25 Singles Going Steady: New Singles Released Week of October 20th, 2014
This Is Not A Game – The Chemical Brothers – No it isn’t at all, it is track off the eagerly awaited Huger Games Soundtrack, with a bouncy synth thing zooming along and a pop vocal on top – B+
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Oct 25 The A+ List: 10-25-14
It is in the very first couplet, “make my heart come all undone” -it is like he is begging for the sweet sensation of love: make and undone are the two words that come tumbling through and it captures her illsuiveness, his insecurity: the earliest sense of insecurity of love
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Oct 25 10 Songs: Saturday, October 25th, 2014
This sounds like the climax to a high drama opera, a German composer, played backwards with the vocals pitched even wilder than ever before and the sound modulating between drone and droner with Bernard Hermann brought back from the dead. An acquired taste? Sure, but superbly different even if you hate it – A
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Oct 24 The Tomas Doncker Band At The “Dodge Poetry Festival” Friday, October 24th, 2014, Reviewed
The vibe was magical, it was like watching a preacher converting people to Christianity, Doncker was converting people to the blues and you could see the kids come alive, perk up, smile, like they couldn’t believe how great it was. Like they were being changed.
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Oct 24 CMJ’s Music Marathon Presents Gerard Way, Webster Hall, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 Reviewed
Why not make it 75 minutes and throw in some hits? Especially when you are pushing an iffy album which hasn’t helped you even sell out a 1500 SRO? Why not give people what they want to hear? You wrote the suckers, sing em.
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Oct 24 Billy Idol At Amoeba, Wednesday October 22nd 2014
Billy played his diva side a little bit, in the sense that he took him a few extra minutes to get on stage, but the rest of the evening certainly proved he was not the aloof and snob type
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Oct 24 As If Music Tastes Would Tell Anything About Intelligence!!
Beyonce Lil Wayne, Jay Z and most hip hop score badly while music I listen to, like Radiohead, The Shins, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Beck score pretty high – this is a very sad graph, so flawed I don’t even know how to start with this thing!
Posted 24 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 24 Giants And Royals Not Just About Baseball: Fighting Over Lorde
Tenuous musical connection, true but try this from the MBL: “On Friday, two stations in the Bay Area, KFOG and KOIT, removed the song from their playlists for the duration of the World Series.”
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Oct 24 How To Cover CMJ’s Music Marathon
I’ve been winging it and trying to make up for that by writing full reviews of the bands I do see as opposed to a paragraph in a larger post. The hope is to maybe not see as much as other people but really watch what I do see.
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Oct 24 rock nyc Top 10 Songs w-o 10/20/14
Sleater-Kinney is growing on me with every spin, it is exactly what you think, angular, atonal, guitar shards and it works like a memory reflexive. Meanwhile Taylor Swift’s least song off the upcoming album ain’t bad at all, I mean not at all, and the Game reminds us why he is the best rapper this side of Cam’ron.
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Oct 24 10 Songs: Friday, October 24th, 2014
Lips Are Moving – Meghan Trainor – If Meghan is descending to schtick it is very good schtick with a funny hooks “I know you lie you’re lips are moving” and meghan throws everything she has at it including a rap – A-
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Oct 23 CMJ Music Marathon Presents The Liza Colby Sound, Rockwood Stage 1, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, Reviewed
What we got was fine, and any set that has Liza Colby singing her bluesy heart out and constantly rocking songs all with her shirt half undone certainly can’t be all bad. But it wasn’t what the Liza Colby Sound are capable of.
Posted 23 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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Fleetwood Mac At Madison Square Garden, Monday, October 6th, 2014, Reviewed

in over their heads

in over their heads

It couldn’t live up to expectations so of course it didn’t. The return of Christine McVie to Fleetwood Mac after sixteen years, that means we would be getting a third of the hits, just all about the very best of the 70s Mac’s repertoire, back again. And they were pretty terrific without her in. This is what I wrote in April 2013 (here), “The So Cal Mac, a pop art band, break down as follows: Stevie Nicks wrote folk rock anthems for girls who still believed in fairies, Lindsey Buckingham was the King of guitar pop artiness and Christine wrote So Cal anthems. So, with little choice in the matter, the band sang“Don’t Stop” and “You Can Go Your Own Way” without Christine but there was a gaping wound they chose not to mend where “You Make Loving Fun” and “Over My Head” should have been.”

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Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Rusko And Paper Diamond, Madison Square Garden, Saturday, October 4th, 2014, Reviewed

Bassnectar At MSG, October 2014

Bassnectar At MSG, October 2014

Electronic Dance Music fans are not the children of disco, they are the grandchildren of hippies from the late 1960s: a colorful, drug enhanced subculture of soundscapes and movements. Light shows and late nights. Middle class mainstream turned left. This is how America embraces its young, it dresses them up in cultural neutrality and throws them to the bass.It makes music scenes out of sound frequencies. And at a well attended rave at the citadel of live music, Madison Square Garden, it embraced and embraced hard four DJs representing house, dubstep, heavy sampling mixed with live music, and a House master with his hand in most of the above.

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Billy Joel At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, Reviewed

The Maria Callas Of Rock

The Maria Callas Of Rock

Some rock stars take over the stage by force of personality and some take over the stage through force of familiarity and Billy Joel does through a sense of security that is through the roof. He talks to us, all of us, as though he is talking to one of us, and though Billy amusingly compares being on stage to being a Mussollini till the reality of driving home to Long Island in front of truck whose driver tells him off, hits home, Billy doesn’t act like a big shot really at all.

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