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Bittersweet Symphony

The last couple of weeks have brought a couple of painful bereavements. Though each died of cancer, their lives could not have been more different. But let me celebrate their...
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The iJamming! Weekly Download: Independence Day Mix

We spent last Saturday evening at the annual July 4 (well, in this case July 5) barbeque of our good friends Jezz Harkin and Loren Chodosh, over in the woods...
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The July 4 Hitlist

Dick Vincent’s River Band, and Brooklyn jazz guitarist Rick Stone at the Catskill Mountain Lodge in Palenville, July 4. The Lodge’s new owner (see here playing sax) hosts jazz every...
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The iJamming! 4th of July Download: The Ramones on the 4th Of July, 1976

In the spirit of Anglo-American relations, which always require some reflection on July 4, let me point you all to this MP3 download of the Ramones’ debut British show, at...
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Is it a Sin to stick Zin in the fridge?

It may be hot, but — repeat after me — we want red wine. It may be humid, but — say it again — we want red wine. It may...
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The End of an Era (and the dawn of another?)

The Phoenicia Hotel had a storied existence, a favorite destination of Babe Ruth and Dutch Shultz, to name but just two American legends. In recent years it fell into disrepair,...
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Road Trip #3: A tale of Two Gigs

R.E.M. at Madison Square Garden, Thursday June 19 The Ting Tings at Southpaw, Friday June 20 L Magazine describes the R.E.M./Modest Mouse/National concert at Madison Square Garden, Thursday June 19,...
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Gigs We Wished We’d Seen….

You can surely guess the club. The year was 1975....
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