Monthly Archives: June 2009

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Summer Hitlist

We’re away on a sort of vacation for the rest of the week. Going no further than the Jersey Shore where we’ll have the mother-in-law’s empty house before it’s officially...
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Gay Pride Week: In Case You Need Reminding…

…Of why the Stonewall Rebellion was so important: Homosexuality was not illegal in New York City in the 1960s; it just seemed that way. The New York State Liquor Authority...
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Featured Album: “Moondagger” by Deastro

WHO: 22 year-old Detroit native Randolph Chabot and his band (named for G.I. Joe villain Destro, deliberately mis-spelled to avoid legal complications) release either first or second album (depending how...
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R.E.M.’s Reckoning re-issued; Basement Jaxx say “play with it”

“Conventional wisdom has it that second albums pose a problem, especially for those acts whose debut releases have enjoyed unanticipated success. But R.E.M. were never much concerned with following convention,...
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2009 – 45 = 1964 (baby)

The Catskill 45s made their debut Saturday night, chez nous, for our (belated) joint 45th birthday party, in which all the music was from 1964, and all guests were asked...
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Loud Fast Jews

Last week I attended an event at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan entitled Loud Fast Jews. Up on stage together were Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein...
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Adam Freeland Copes With Band Format

FEATURED ALBUM FREELAND: COPE (Marine Parade) WHO: Big British Breaks and Beats DJ under new “group” name. WHAT: 35-year old Adam Freeland wrote and performed Cope’s dozen strong songs with...
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Gowanus Canal Sunset: Robyn Hitchcock at the Bell House

On Thursday night I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 – R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey – at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of...
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