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Nov 22 Hal Ketchum/Ronnie Fauss, Kessler Theater, Dallas Texas, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Reviewed
The majority of Ketchum’s material exists in a bell curve where everything sounds good, it’s well crafted folk influenced country music and Ketchum still has a strong voice, but there’s no emotional glue to his work. The music wafts by you, very little sticks
Posted 22 November 2014 by Steve Crawford  Add comment
Nov 22 Emel Malthouthi’s At Live@365, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Reviewed
At Live@365, she took the band out for a spin and found them capable of sounding like everything from traditional Arabic music, to trip hop, to lo fi electronica, all held together by Ethel’s superb voice, a great instrument which sounds Arabic in Arabic and European in English and French
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Ozzy Osbourne: ‘That Bono Pisses Me Off!’
I liked some of their earlier stuff, but to be perfectly honest, that Bono pisses me off. He’s made his name out of working with and talking about starving people in Africa. I don’t particularly like what he does. It’s phony
Posted 22 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 22 Lana Del Rey, Marilyn Manson, Eli Roth’s Lost Troubling Video
I should say first that Manson’s representative, Kathryn Frazier of Biz3, has declared that the Goth singer has nothing to do with the video and that ‘It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage’
Posted 22 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 22 Hear, My Friends: Nikki Vee’s Five Songs
When I asked my Facebook friends, and my friends at 45 Revolutions Per Minute, to offer up their five favorite songs I figure I’ll get through em all eventually and first things first, here is Nikki Vee of Rhode Island’s song list. Not faves, not best, just what she is listening…
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Pricing Kills Buying Music, Not Streaming
The battle over streaming is a battle over prices not distribution. I don’t care what anybody says, the average person does not want to spend $10 a month on a streaming service, it is too expensive, but if songs and albums were cheap enough they would get back in the habit of buying them.
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 Must See? Bob Seger At MSG December 19th, 2014
I’ve never seen Seger live and the only way for me to be sure is to take a look at him in concert. I would hope that if you read rock nyc it is for an informed opinion and the only way to have an informed opinion is to do the work, even if it is painful. So, yeah, I am gonna check him
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 22 10 Songs: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
It is one thing to sing “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” as though it was “Send In The Clowns” and another thing entirely to sing “Send In The Clowns” as though it is “Your Painted Face”, the former is the mainstreaming of Dylan, the latter the devaluing of Sondheim. Amazingly enough it doesn’t suck… but that doesn’t add up to an endorsement – B
Posted 22 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 “The Art Of McCartney” Reviewed Track By Track
Battles have ensued between those who claim the only song worth listening to is Dylan’s, those who think it is fun and shouldn’t be taken that seriously, those who consider it borderline Karaoke and Def Leppard are guilty if only by association and those who are going back to their GNR roots. Me? I say all of the above…
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 Watch Angel Olsen’s New Video For ‘Windows’
The video is an enigmatic beauty, beautifully shot, and it shows Angel and her famous blank stare, as she goes from total expressionlessness to a real sadness frozen on her face, while her emotive song is played
Posted 21 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 21 Billboard To Include Song Streams In Ranking System
So my question is, will this dethrone Taylor Swift because she has removed her music from Spotify? Bakula thinks it’s simply impossible: ‘No amount of streaming in the world could keep Taylor from No. 1,’ he declared… this girl is definitively way too powerful for my taste.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 21 “Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets” Reviewed
It closes with 20 minutes from the ashtrays of the final show. In between, Jarvis and the rest of the band discuss their career while fans sing their songs, remember the band before they got famous,
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 Manu Koch And Filtron M’s “Mandatory Underground” Reviewed
The trick here is don’t concentrate on Manu, he’ll come for you when he wants you, concentrate on the beats which are consistently hooky, they are like little tommy guns on all four tracks and they will keep your ears centered while you ride away on keyboards that kind sound Enoish and Ornette Colemanish within a coupla bars of each other.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of November 17th, 2014
A nice week of music, especially surprisingly enough Nickelback who I have never come close to liking and is now in my good books because they found the perfect foil for their MOR rock with a perfect pop rapper. DP are a seriously good band.
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 21 Foo Fighters Want You To Wait In Line For Concert tickets
I wouldn’t stand in line for… anyone. No, wait, maybe 20 years ago I stood in line for three hours to get Brian Wilson to sign a CD for me… but otherwise. Still, aging rockers of all stripes might indeed fight the boys…
Posted 21 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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

They took it




















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.


Fall Out Boy’s “Young Volcanoes” Reviewed

Fall Out Boy is on a freakin' roll.

They released a new tune called "Young Volcanoes" and it is the best tune that they've released out of the three.  First of all, the entire aspect of the sound is adorable.  It sounds like they're young FOB again, and Patrick even laughs in it- they're having fun, and it's really evident.

It's certainly the most catchy song I've heard in a while.  It's definitely a new sound, and has a more well-rounded feel than "Phoenix" and "Light Em Up".  I take back what I said about "Phoenix"- because this will be THE song of summer 2013.  It has a hint of pop pizazz but is most certainly "indie" enough for the other fans.  It just makes you feel happy, which is really nice.  It has the freeing vibe that was kind of lost in the last album or two they released; FOB always felt super contemporary and just like they knew what teens wanted to hear.  Folie was a little too mature for a lot of fans to appreciate, so now that they've fallen back into their niche, it's clear that this is their true element.

Patrick sounds young again (circa Cork Tree), and you can sense the enjoyment in his voice; it's almost like you can envision him dancing around in the studio.  The instruments are upbeat and peppy, and have a wholesome feel.  It's like the entire band got together and knew exactly what they wanted and it's like somehow you can feel like they bonded over this tune.  Everything about it is gorgeous.  The composition is a little similar to some other radio-tunes from the past, but that's to be expected.  Besides, FOB did it a thousand times better.

Also, if you kind of fangirl when you hear new stuff about them, I'm sure you've already swooned about Patrick's little giggle.  It's so genuine and relatable.  They aren't rock stars with this song- they're just like regular people, having a friggin' BLAST.  

It's a beautiful feeling to have Fall Out Boy *really* back. Listen


Manic Street Preachers, “Motown Junk” Reviewed

Back in my day if you were a fan of Manic Street Preachers you were a preppy ass poser.  In the very late 1980s you could go one of two ways, the filth of 'hardcore' or the 'artsy' intellectual punk thing and MSP were the later.