On Monday, Dec. 15, the Transom ventured out to Varick Street’s Chung King studios, where Tim Harrington—the bearded, antic frontman of art rock band Les Savy Fav—had gathered a group of his friends to film a spoof of Michael Jackson’s 1985 “We Are the World” extravaganza for his series Beardo, which airs on Pitchfork.tv, the Read More
Last night, the Transom ventured out to Varick Street’s Chung King studios, where Tim Harrington—the bearded, antic frontman of agit-rock art-band Les Savy Fav—had gathered a group of his friends to film a clip for Pitchfork TV, the video arm of tastemaking music Web site Pitchfork.com. Also a writer and graphic designer, he Read More
DENVER—Art is to presidential politics what food rations are to war—a necessary component of the enterprise, but nothing one would choose to consume under normal circumstances. In this, as in so many ways, Barack Obama’s campaign is different.
Early on, Mr. Obama captured the fancy of the bicoastal artistic community, and he’s gone Read More
David Lynch was in town last week promoting his national best seller, Catching the Big Fish, which recently came out in paperback. The book is an autobiographical account of the creative benefits the 62-year-old auteur claims to have reaped over the past three decades from practicing Transcendental Meditation, the trademarked meditation technique that rock stars Read More
In 1992, Moby was among the bristling avant garde of dance music, at a time when that genre seemed poised to break through to the mainstream in a big way. It was with him that it did break, just a few years later. 1999’s Play, mainly a roster of scratchy blues and gospel samples layered Read More
R.E.M. releases its 14th album, Accelerate, today. According to most accounts, it’s a return to their Athens, Ga. roots. Spin writes rather breathlessly, “They haven’t sounded this surprised with themselves since 1998′s Up, haven’t made an album this consistent since 1992′s Automatic for the People, and haven’t redlined so engagingly since 1986′s Life’s Rich Pageant.” Read More
Bittersweet Symphony? Ashlee Simpson may not be welcomed back to Saturday Night Live after her 2004 appearance exposed her lip-synching talents. Also, Page Six hears that the young Mr. Simpson was not exactly a hit with the show’s producers. [P6]
The Aussie relatives of the late Heath Ledger continue to provide made-for-tabloid Read More
As late winter’s doldrums penetrate the city, it’s becoming harder to find a reason to leave the house at night. But what if we told you Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were headlining the Plug Independent Music Awards tomorrow at Terminal 5? And then what if we told you it was only $10? Well, Read More
Hey, New Yorkers, where is your revolutionary spirit? Lou Reed, David Byrne and Blonde Redhead are wondering why our city of "visionaries" isn’t rallying against the war in Iraq. Well they’ve got a solution: a SPEAK UP! concert in DUMBO.
"New Yorkers have always been visionaries," claims the release for SPEAK UP!, which Read More
It seems that most urban sophisticates these days, from politicians and celebrities to coworkers, have a profile on Facebook, the social networking Web site. The C.I.A., I.R.S., Time Inc., even MySpace, Facebook’s ostensible competition, have job networks there. To the site’s enthusiasts—and there are many; the site has 60 million users so far, with 200 Read More