I’ve just been going through an old playlist and listening to stuff I haven’t listened to in a long time. Back when I was the kind of guy who had a new favorite band every week. As opposed to now, when I listen to the same stuff over and over again, and struggle to understand why anything new is any good. There was this Australian group called the Lucksmiths that I found out about on Napster (this was about Y2K) and I don’t think they […]
It’s pretty cool when your seven-year-old son is walking around the house singing “Werewolves of London” without any instruction on the subject. I know he’d heard the song before but today he heard it in the car and it put its hooks into him. He could not stop with the “Awoooooo.” I thought it a teachable moment — we got onto the Spotify and I pulled up other Warren Zevon songs and played them — he was unimpressed. And I had to admit — as […]
I am sad that Lou Reed is no longer with us, and I have read many heartfelt tributes to the man I once considered my third-favorite songwriter (behind Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello) and the musician behind my third-favorite album (New York, which trailed Paul’s Boutique and Blood on the Tracks). This is not a heartfelt tribute. It’s a memory of my first encounter with Lou, which occurred (of course) on MTV. Here was this not-so-young singer, supposed to be a big deal for some […]
How many of us have seen that commercial for the new phone that shows a young Asian girl, she is clearly amateur and possibly a YouTube sensation, singing “When I get older, I will be stronger…” Show of hands, who knows this commercial? Ok, a couple. Me, when I saw it I was at first reminded of one of my all-time favorite YouTube clips: Yeah, I know, this Applegirl is Asian but playing on iPhones, and the “When I get older” girl is on a […]
I can’t say Sparklehorse was the most consistent group/guy in music, but when it/he was good he was very good. Mark Linkous killed himself Sunday — very sad.
It’s been, what — two weeks? — since the season finale of Californication aired and I still can’t get “Rocket Man” out of my head. I don’t particularly like Elton John, but this scene just blew me away. It was an uneven season, and I often couldn’t make up my mind whether I was watching one of the best of the HBO/Showtime bunch or one of the worst. Commenters at New York magazine’s site were similarly ambivalent about the season, but I was surprised how […]
I was looking around at the state of pub-it-yourself magazines (in one of those Screw all y’all, I’ma make my own damn magazine moods) and found this amazing document on a site called MagCloud. It’s called Gigi, the Black Flower by Josh Gosfield, and it’s a collection of retro-designed media that tells the fictional story of the French pop chanteuse Gigi Gaston. It’s the catalog or companion piece to an exhibit at a gallery in New York.
Why do I still want to like Kanye West? So the guy says a lot of stupid things, so he comes off as a big baby with a huge ego and no self-awareness. So what? If you want a “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” moment, you might have to tolerate idiocy like this. Still, on balance I’m pro-Kanye — I like enough of his songs, he seems like sharp dresser, and the blog he pays someone to write at KanyeUniverseCity.com is addictive. But […]
Veuillez installer Flash Player pour lire la vidéo The Rolling Stones – cocksucker blues part 2 sélectionné dans Musique et Rock / Pop Part two of Cocksucker Blues, the documentary about the Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American tour. It is banned, or unreleased, or illegal, or something — let Wikipedia explain. I watched it last night on a tip from Bill Simmons — part one has already been taken down. Part one was boring anyway — part two is where it starts getting interesting. If […]
This may go down as the pinnacle of Auto-tune the News. Oops — there’s the door. Must be my lettuce dealer with fresh leaf.