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Jul 29 Cross my Heart and Hope to Die At Subliminal Projects, Saturday July 26th 2014
I still have to make a connection between what I saw and heard, but it was surely a high-concept project, as a lot of untold and unseen things seemed to be going on. Also, the fact that it was their first show ever, made the event even more interesting…
Posted 29 July 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Jul 29 Ted Nugent Concerts- Droppin’ Like Flys
An avid hunter, there is no way Nugent wouldn’t be on my most hated list. His twisted political views and obnoxious delivery just solidifies my hatred of the “Wango Tango” trash. It seems I am not alone in my lack of appreciation for the man.
Posted 29 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 29 Musician Kasey Anderson Charged With Fraud After Fake Project Involving Springsteen & Lady Gaga
“I lied to myself and others, and believing those lies, I told myself consistently that whatever was going on with me … I could fix it on my own. I convinced myself that it was normal. I am a deeply flawed and mentally ill person who made some terrible choices, causing so much emotional and financial damage to others. But I believe I have much to offer my community.’
Posted 29 July 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Jul 29 Spider Bags “Frozen Letter” Reviewed
The first four (“Summer Of 69” a Golden Boys cover) everything you dreamt it would be, and the next four less focused, more inclined to art rock, less hard more spooky and as the last song “Eyes Of Death” ends the feedback comes in just like the beginning of the album, s if Spider bags have created a self contained world. And they have. Just not their best one.
Posted 29 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 29 Ryan Adams At Newport Folk Festival, Friday, July25th, 2014, Reviewed
At Newport he seemed better able to move from one extreme to the other while maintaining a sort of benign self-regard. With such a huge back catalog, Adams can really pick and choose and at Newport he chose to be a classic rocker near his peak.
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Jul 29 Duran Duran Sues Fan Club
The charge is inaccurate accounting and failure to pay its royalties. See what happens here is a band hires a company to collect memberships and sell its merch. In the case of DD they were to get 75% of the profit but the til was a bit light. $40,000.00 light to be exacted
Posted 29 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 29 Lorde: I Hate Old People And Wish They Would Die (Or Something Like That)
I’m still old and she still doesn’t care what I think . Which isn’t exactly the truth either, I don’t want to get “it depends what “is” is” on you, but you put two qualifiers in her comments. The first is “most” –clearly, in order to listen to 17 year olds MOST, she must listen to older people less than that, which is not not at all
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Jul 29 Direct Current Close Up Shop
I’ve also seen what’s happened to other music sites that I respect and read regularly, like Rolling Stone, Paste, Stereogum, etc. The mindless fawning over celebrity, the playing up of pseudo controversy and fake “news” for marketing and publicity purposes, the endless milking of informational and promotional teases, the pay-for-play business model of sponsored content…
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Jul 29 The Most Streamed songs On Spotify July 14th – July 20th, 2014
I guess it is the guy in me, the lover of lists, but I find stuff like Billboard charts and here the Spotify streaing list interesting though, really, what here couldn’t you figure from the Billboard’s singles charts. Iggy, Sam Smith, Ariana, Nico, maybe Sia is a little higher than I thought would be, and maybe “Break Free” broke free a little earlier on Spotify than Billboard but what other surprises?
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Jul 29 10 Songs: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
You And Your Smiling Face – Dennis Brown – This song should have, even if it didn’t break through for brown, been covered and broken through for some mainstream Claptonish rocker and made him if not as big as Marley, certainly second in command – A+
Posted 29 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 28 Lael Neale At El Cid, Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Reviewed
It is just probably a question of time, Lael’s quiet music sure managed to captivate the audience and the chatting stopped as soon as she started playing, which is not an easy thing to accomplish in a bar, but her apparition on stage had something from an angel’s and this can shut up a lot of conversations.
Posted 28 July 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Jul 28 Chronixx And Junior Reid At Central Park Summerstage, Saturday, July 26th, 2014, Reviewed
Towards the end he covered the crown prince of reggae Dennis Brown and nailed it in the afternoon’s most triumphant moment. Despite his youth, he has a certain gravity about him, he is the real deal not a contender for Reggae and for testifying.
Posted 28 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 28 The Best of The Kinks – Part II
The picture is Waterloo Station in the mid 1800 but by the time young ray wrote about it, it was an industrial quagmire, Number One? Crawford had this to say: “Waterloo Sunset,” 1967. The most beautiful song I will ever hear.
Posted 28 July 2014 by Steve Crawford  Add comment
Jul 28 Unlocking the Truth Teenage Wonder Kids
But when they’re young we can exploit the hell out of them so kudos to Penguin Press for offering the boys a book deal…what? The book is to be a chronicle of their “path to success”. What the hell, are you kidding me?
Posted 28 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 28 Kanye West Wins Lawsuit Against COINYE
There was a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin called Coinye, a play on his name, and the logo was a cartoon Kanye wearing his signature shutter shades. I figured Kanye would be a fan, cos he’s in love with himself, but the man was not happy.
Posted 28 July 2014 by Mary Magpie  Add comment

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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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Killer Queen: Queen At MSG, Take Two

Not Freddie... but we're alright with that

Not Freddie… but we’re alright with that

To say that Queen, the original Queen, was larger than life is inadequate. They were larger than imagination, mostly due to Freddie Mercury. He was a force of nature, and was widely regarded as the ultimate rock stage performer. One of the greatest musical regrets of my life was never getting to see Queen perform live.

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