And check out my most recent solo CD If We Never; the perfect stocking stuffer.
Prowling the stage like a black jaguar, Nick Cave, backed by his equally menacing Bad Seeds, display the full range of their musical agility on this new video. From his latest effort, Push The Sky Away.
"I didn't expect to be in this world but I think it's kind of cool. For a long time pop has been this laughable, shameful thing. But it's actually gratifying and fun and can unite populations, which I think is incredibly powerful. So hopefully I am showing that pop can be taken seriously."
Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde, New Zealand singer-songwriter.
Michael Williams: Paintings
The CANADA Gallery, NYC
Through December 8, 2013
INT. BELLYLAFFS COMEDY CLUB - EVENING
HOUSE BAND [Jay-Z/Kanye West]: I ball so hard muthafuckas wanna find me, first niggas gotta find me / Tha shit cray / Tha shit cray / Tha shit cray / Ain’t it, Jay?
SIDEKICK [Tracy Morgan]: Give it up for Jay-Z and Kanye West, Ladies and Gentlemen… and now, you have probably seen his recent special It Ain't Gonna Suck Itself [Applause]…Bellylaffs is pleased to present one white boy who really does ball hard…
HOST [James Franco] - enters stage right]: Thank you Tracy! Thank you! [Applause] Thank you! It’s true, I really do ball hard. Very hard. Mostly by myself… [Laughter/Applause]… Thank you…
HOST: So this guy, who has never been sick a day in his life, calls his boss. He says, "I can’t come in today, I’m sick." The boss says, "No problem, take the day off. I’m just curious, though, how sick are you?" The guy says, "I just fucked my sister!" Read more »
As much as I lamented the demise of quality album releases in 2013, the last few months have restored my faith in the bands releasing worthwhile long-players. The following are all contenders to make my year's end top ten list. And I suspect I'll find a few more late entries, as well.
The teenage Jurkiewicz sisters hail from Indiana but boast a sparse, urban sophistication that feels more like classic NYC nu folk. Credit to their producer/arranger/co-songwriter Kenny Childers. Nary a weak track on their debut. The perfect Miley Cyrus antidote; share it with your teenage sons and daughters. Read more »
The energy exchange between fans and musicians during live events can be intoxicating, even without mind-altering substances. New York-based photographer Erin Feinberg has perfectly captured that dynamic in her new B&W coffee table book. Moreover, she knows first hand what it is to be a super fan. As a photographer she has "...photographed these congregations from every vantage point -- around the stages, oppressively hot parking lots, muddy festival grounds, intimate clubs, massive stadiums, and often right the middle of the most pits...." Read more »
Watching “Captain” Jack Boyle’s pronouncement regarding Ireland’s civil strife -- “We’ve got nothin’ to do with these things, one way or t’other. That’s the Government’s business, an’ let them do what we’re payin’ them for doin’” -- about 24 hours after a more than two-week government shutdown lent a little extra resonance to the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock. The personal is always the political in O’Casey’s work, and Juno, part of his acclaimed Dublin Trilogy, skillfully interweaves the two as it follows the Boyle family’s fortunes’ (imagined) rise and fall in a 1922 Dublin tenement.
Shades of brown dominate the peeling walls of James Noone’s set, which the cast fills admirably. The titular characters, the goddess of the homefront (J. Smith-Cameron) and her strutting husband (Ciarán O’Reilly), turn in strong, nuanced performances, as does John Keating, coming off a similar and similarly well-executed role in the Irish Rep’s staging of The Weir, as the “daarlin’” Joxer Daly. Read more »
Tuvan avant-garde singer Sainkho Namtchylak is truly unique (you can read her story about halfway down this article). Since she's based in Vienna, she is not a frequent visitor to New York; therefore, I leapt at the opportunity to attend this concert arranged by Rothenberg to take advantage of her presence in the wake of a trip to perform at a Mongolian music conference. Read more »
Another corker from the brilliant mind and pen of Ken Krimstein.
From LA, with love, Jonathan Wilson invokes the spirit of SoCal folk-rock meets the Dead meets Pink Floyd mash up on his wonderful new tune "Dear Friend" from his 2nd solo album Fanfare (Downtown Records). One of my favorite albums of the year, too.
"There are only a few things in this world that turn me into a giant squid of anger, and one of them begins 'My boyfriend thinks I'm too smart for him.' The Venn diagram of boys who don't like smart girls and boys you don't want to date is a circle."
John Michael Green (born 24 August 1977), American writer of young adult fiction; YouTube vlogger and educator.
Every Matthew Shipp album is a major event. Not in the sense of a Lady Gaga album, accompanied by a relentless publicity campaign and hyped as a cultural upheaval of massive commercial significance. No, a Matthew Shipp album is a major event for jazz because he is one of the most important pianists alive, and also because he hardly ever rests on his laurels, comfortable in a circumscribed style -- he evolves from one album to the next in a nearly disconcerting way. Even though his playing is immediately recognizable -- one would never confuse him with any of the other pianists on the scene -- it shifts slightly from album to album. Read more »