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Oct 22 CMJ’s Music Marathon Presents Chelsea Jade, The Studio At Webster Hall, Tuesday, October 21th, 2014, Reviewed
She’s won a ton of awards in New Zealand, opened for Lorde and cat Power, and isn’t precious at all. Yeah and on stage she seems both artistically extreme and musically valid at the same time. Very approachable? So approach her.
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 22 Perfume Genius At The Roxy, Sunday October 19th 2014
When I left the club, I realized I was wearing a Queens of the Stone Age shirt, and I asked myself, how could I possibly love two opposite sides of the male spectrum such as Mike Hadreas and Josh Homme?
Posted 22 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 22 Listen To Ariel Pink’s ‘Black Ballerina’
If it sounds like a druggy party, may be it’s really one and the song progresses for a few minutes over the same going-into-circles funky bass beats then goes into some typical Pink musical delirium with strange lyrics. Although I certainly can’t really understand everything about the lyrics/spoken words… ‘take your bra and panties off,’ comes up
Posted 22 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 22 Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith
Recorded at Symphony Park on October 18th, 2014, Kelly gets every ounce of the song and shares it right back with her audience, as if their voices are raised together in a hopefulness not actual written in at all. This isn’t actually Clarkson’s gift, she is another torch singer stomping the country side of love, but here with a song that doesn’t belong to her, Clarkson invites us all in.
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 22 Fillmore East: Iconic Rock Theatre To Get Landmark Plaque
My boss for the past 27 years, Larry Schneiderman, was a regular at the Fillmore East, as was my good friend Jahn Xavier,and though it was a little before I became a new yorker, Bill Graham’s House is a legend that is now an Apple bank.
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 22 Sleater-Kinney’s “Bury Our Friends” Reviewed
After nine years of offshoots, most of them good and two of them, Wild Flag and Corin Tucker Band, better than that the Clash of riot grrrls, and circa Dig Me Out, the greatest rock and roll band in the world, have played everything out till they are back together.
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 22 Dropkick Murphys To Play St. Patrick’s day In Dublin 2014
They are playing Dublin the next St. Patrick’s Day, a somewhat stupid idea since March 17th is much bigger in nyc than on the Emerald Isle, but we will still get em for three nights at Irving Plaza.
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 22 10 Songs: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2014
Day Drinking – Little Big Town – Great terribly bad advice but a swinging little blues rocker counting down to a first rate chorus replete with whistling that actually works – A-
Posted 22 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 21 CMJ Music Marathon Presents Beach Day, Cake Shop, October 21st, 2014, reviewed
Their name suggests indie dream pop and their home , Hollywood Florida, suggests surf and turf, but their sounds is New Yawk girl group via the Ramones with a huge dollop of feedback, reverb and a misheard chorus via My Bloody Valentine. In other words, they are awesome and a great way to kick off CMJ 2014
Posted 21 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 21 Be Here Now: First Take On New Album Releases 10-21-14
She has seldom sounded better than she does on “I Put A Spell On You” and her “You Belong To Me” belongs in the same category as Patsy Cline. Whether singing soul or jazz or Gospel, the voice is a magnificent thing and the arrangements do everything possible to highlight the voice – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-
Posted 21 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 21 Black 47 Infinity Hall Hartford, CT Sunday October 19th, 2014
You cannot in good measure critique a band on a farewell journey. They’re emotionally charged, tired and seemingly on auto pilot as they work their way tying up the loose strings of their time together. A band of brothers and an army of 6, Black47 have done what they wanted to do- raise awareness, raise a fist and raise a pint, with the convictions of superheroes.
Posted 21 October 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Oct 21 Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture Is Just Great!
Although the main topic was about ‘free music in a Capitalist society’, he touched a lot of subjects, mentioned ‘the new electronic devices which estrange people from their morals’ and other bad things (mostly money) related to the music industry, but basically he gave a lot of advices to young artists
Posted 21 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 21 Not With The Band: 2014 Is The First Year With No Album Going Platinum
Everyone knows this, when an album or a single has sold a certain amount of copies, it turns Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000) or Diamond (10,000,000), and this is obviously the goal of most artists. However, Forbes reports that, this year, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum, and the year is almost over! Really? Not even Beyoncé or someone in her league?
Posted 21 October 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Oct 21 FKA twigs #throughglass Darkly
She uses Google Glass to play “Video Girl” and then to learn the dance steps, and it twins her up and then quadruples her. The man is a stunning, dramatic figure of grace and it suggest (which is probably the reason for being) a certain gracefulness in the ungraceful Google Glass
Posted 21 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Oct 21 The Rebel Factory’s “Trigger me” Reviewed
It doesn’t actually sound like the LES in the 80s, maybe the 90s, the sound is too professional, the pain is deep but the arrangement has none of the sloppiness or loose barrelled of punk rock: this is a tough minded blues for grown ups. Well worth listening to.
Posted 21 October 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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First Day Back Playlist

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Summer is over and though we’re all seriously bummed to have no more late-afternoon wakeups and Warped Tours and warm weather, autumn (and the school year) is here.


Ten Terrific Tunes Under Two Minutes Long

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These are busy times, my friends.  So many priorities are competing for your time.  After Twitter, Facebook, paying your bills, mowing the sheep, completing your bug collection, and waxing your eyelids, do you really have time to spin “Whipping Post” or “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre”?  Deep down, you know you’ll never get to the second disc of the Can box set.

Since you were too busy to read the intro paragraph, let’s just jump into the list.

10.  “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles.  The smart alecks at Wikipedia gives this a 2:00 count, but my iPod says 1:58, so we’ll go with modern technology.  Ray belts out this classic so hurriedly, he couldn’t even insert the comma before the proper name.  This sweet hitchhiker tune topped the pop charts for two weeks in 1961.  Play the positively eternal 4-minute cover version by the Residents very loudly if you have hearing problems and hate your neighbors.


Last Salute To The Blank Generation: My Top Seven Songs Of the ’70s

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7. “Blank Generation,” Richard Hell and the Voidoids. In 1959, Bobby McFadden, who provided the voice to Franken Berry in the ‘70s, and poet Rod McKuen released a novelty single titled “The Beat Generation,” about the low budget hipster lifestyle. Richard (Meyers) Hell reworked the tune, playing “Blank Generation” in an early version of Television and with the non-Petty Heartbreakers in 1976. Released with the Voidoids in ’77, law school graduate Robert Quine provided the razor sharp guitar while Hell howled about being “God’s consolation prize.” The tagline, “I belong to the blank generation,” became the battle cry for the CBGB’s punk rock crowd. The perfect angst anthem for self-designated outcasts.