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Sep 17 Lorde At United Palace Theatre, Monday, September 15th, 2014, Reviewed
It is very sad and no wonder she deals with contempt for the writers and interviews, the David Lettermans of the world, she can’t reject her family so she rejects the entire community of entertainment leeches that do what she least wants.
Posted 17 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 17 A Friend Of Elliott Smith’s Talks, The Mystery Thickens
It’s always the same story, or almost the same story, people start to talk to me and when I mention that I want to write about what I have learned about Elliott’s death, they withdraw and become silent… No exception this time! I had a conversation with a friend of Elliott’s, who will stay an anonymous source in this post
Posted 17 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 17 A Few Musicians With Chronic Illnesses
Among the dead ones, Woody Guthrie had the terrible degenerative neural disorder called Huntington’s disease, Frederic Chopin had cystic fibrosis, and Miles Davis had sickle cell anemia! The problem is that musicians have to tour to make a living, illness or no illness, plus we have to consider that many of them can’t afford a nice health insurance!
Posted 17 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 17 Lowell On Tour With Icona Pop
Taking a cue from the rebellious, feminist-punk contemporaries that her messaging has often been compared to (Kathleen Hanna, Beth Ditto), Lowell’s brand of pop conveys the urgency of her subject matter, but her melodies keep songs accessible, optimistic and fun
Posted 17 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 17 Singles Going Steady: New Single Releases Week of September 14th, 2014
I Put A Spell on You – Annie Lennox – wow, this woman’s pipes are something else again, a beautiful powerful and full of character sound at service to a great song with a fine bluesy topnotch band…plus I am so happy to hear from her…but why bother? – B
Posted 17 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 17 A Decision Has Been Made: Skrillex For New Year’s Eve 2014
I got a ticket for Skrillex and Diplo at MSG. Why? I caught some of Skillex’s set at Governors Ball this June and he was terrific and I wanted a closer look and really a MSG is the best place to see a rave and I can’t resist it. I might add that I started listening to recess again, which I kinda dismissed in March but I am beginning to really dig now… so yeah, rave to 2015 folks.
Posted 17 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 17 10 Songs: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Baby, Happy Birthday – Train – This is so modern rock pop it has fingerprints on it, but the bridge has a sort of kinetic power and does what Train wants to do, reach the charts. still, the first two singles bombed – C+
Posted 17 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Be Here Now: First Takes On New Album Releases 9-16-14
If you thought “No Flame” was an anomaly, you were wrong, If you thought he couldn’t use Kendrick Lamar as well as Flying Lotus you are wrong, if you don’t think he can sing quite as well as Trey Songz, Usher and R. Kelly wait to be wowed – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Not With The Band: It’s A War, A Bot War And We Are Losing It
Will a time come when it is totally impossible to buy a ticket online? Are the bots gonna finally take over one day? Ticketmaster says they are working on the problem, but whatever they are doing is not enough! Will I have to buy my own bot one day? But rich people will have a better bot then mine, and we’ll go back to the beginning
Posted 16 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 16 An Amy Winehouse Statue Was Unveiled In London
Do you like statues of people who died a minute ago? I don’t. I understand statues of Lincoln, Washington, historic figures of a past, when we didn’t have photos and movies, but statues of people we knew very well through concert footages and tons of pictures?
Posted 16 September 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Sep 16 David Bowie Writes Liner Notes For Kinks Greatest Hits
The other thing to keep in mind here is the following: since the Kinks digital output has been disastrous and since just about every single album the band have ever made deserves a deluxe version, let’s hope the band start sorting out their past history before they are too late to do it.
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Lera Lynn “The Avenue” Reviewed
A step sideways and while still good enough to be worth a longer look, it is a strange hybrid new country (or is that Americana?) mood music. If you listen to new r&b, folks like the Weeknd, the sound here would be less Bristol in the 1990s, or George Jones any time, and more moody sounded deep sounds that sink your soul down.
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Leonard Cohen’s “Popular Problems” Streaming On NPR
It is so great it is the greatness that you find in later period Nabakov, like “Transparent Things” -and it is the ululating completeness of something like a mid-period Nabakov like “The Vane Sisters”. I guess I mean it is eastern European in nature.
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Head In The Clouds With U2
The only time the invasion of your privacy is important is when your privacy is most neccessary to you: so, yeah, nobody cares until they do and when they do care your lifes safeguards, your privacy and I am not even suggesting illegality at all here, is common knowledge. then you are screwed.
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Sep 16 Dr. Who’s “Listen” Reviewed
What’s so cool about a middle aged, grumpy, Scottish Dr. Who? Not much is my claim, I am still going through withdrawal from the leaving of the only Doctor to ever go to Coachella. The Who who broke Who in the US. The only Who who matters. Matt Smith.
Posted 16 September 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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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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