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Sep 18 Karen O At Amoeba, Tuesday September 16th 2014
Karen O appeared on stage wearing a summery, white and black outfit, and she was radiant… ‘it’s about fucking time’ she said meaning it took her forever to have her show at Amoeba. She was backed up by only two musicians and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Moses Sumney on electric guitar — I have seen him several times and truly enjoyed his solo shows
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Sep 18 Beyonce Is Lip-Synching, Why I’m Not Surprised?
It’s blatantly visible for a very short time, there is no doubt about this. It’s true that pro-Bey snaps the mic back to her lips very fast, and with her signature hair whip, she is back on track almost flawlessly, but she was lip-synching…
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Sep 18 Barbra Streisand And Jimmy Fallon And Lieing
With Barbra Streisand, he skipped the game but otherwise he was Rolling Stone reviewing a Springsteen album. You can’t trust him, you really really can’t. Fallon has no sense of proportion and it is like it is cute for him to lie about what his real feelings are and it isn’t cute at all.
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Sep 18 Hey Harley Streaming Tracks Off Their Upcoming Debut Album
Americana by way of its many restless meshing of genre’s, Hey Harley is a seamless meeting of minds,two entwined sensibilities playing off each other as they effortlessly move from country to jazz, to soft shoe shuffle, with a deft intensity.
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Sep 18 rock nyc Top 10 Songs, Week Of September 15th, 2014
Broncos song is killer and while they don’t sustain it, this is enough to be going with, Skrillex is from earlier this, Tennis is better than I gave em credit for, and Kong is a testament to freedom and Kings in the Bronx. One more: Jhene is a female Drake on “Lyin’ King”.
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Sep 18 US Top 10 Singles 9-27-14
Meet the new week, same as the old week. I guess the shocker here, if it can be called a shocker any more, is how completely dominated this chart is by women. Six of the top seven positions, seven of the top ten, everywhere you turn, women! Also: pop women, not soul, not rock, but the modern form of pure pop for nw women is completely dominated by women.
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Sep 18 US Top 10 Albums 9-27-14
You want some numbers, right? That’s why you’re here. OK, Christian rapper Lecrae shifted 88,000 units, Ryan Adams, 45,000, Interpol 31,000 and Robert Plant, 29,000? Impressed? Led Zeppelin sold 37 million copies, and despite not being available on streaming services and despite being a really good album, look what Plant sold? Any questions? Then go about your business.
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Sep 18 10 Songs: Thursday, September 18th, 2014
We Are Here – Alicia Keys – Just… I don’t even know what to say, this is simplistic, asinine and awful just like its singer. To reverse Bob Dylan: do you know what’s wrong with hat woman? Everything – D
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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.
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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.
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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+
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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.