Belle Of The Pre-Inauguration Ball – Sam Moore, Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys and Lee Greenwood performed. What’s the bet they use the Maurice Chevalier excuse four years from now? Then came the Donald’s speech: “This journey began 18 months ago. I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than I did. I’m the messenger. I’m just the messenger. We all got tired of seeing what was happening, and we wanted change, but we wanted real change.” The Lincoln Memorial would be doing cartwheels if it could.
Death Is Back! We lost the Village Voice’s great muckraking reporter, who with Jack Newfield brought down Mayors with impunity, Wayne Barrett. His special bete noir was landlords and developers, and we could use a 35 year old Wayne today more than ever. Also dead, the great rock star agent Howard Kaufman and Mel Ferrer’s son, the television actor Miguel Ferrer.
New Music: Still working my way through new releases, but this is yet another week that seems to exist best as the singles. I, am a big big admirer of the new Arcade Fire single “I Give You Power” (Grade: B+), as well as Conor Oberst’s “Napalm” and more… As for albums, I am working my way through Nicky Jams salsa pop newbie but so far so good (Grade: B).
Old Music: I put together a Kings Of Leon playlist and I am much more impressed than I thought I would be, they were pretty good on Fallon last night as well. Otherwise, “Tender Feelings” is a terrific re-write of “Shenandoah” that passed me by on Kissin’ Cousins last year.