A Legend Lost
Paul Colby, who owned the Greenwich Village venue since 1974 and is credited with jumpstarting the careers of countless artists and comedians, died on Thursday of natural causes. He was 96. Read More
Personalized mixes are fraught territory for me. From early childhood through 2011, each time I made a guy a mix he would dump me immediately, sometimes before I’d even given it to him. (Who needs a mix to say “I have sudden and intense feelings for you that probably aren’t reciprocated” when it’s written all over your face?) This mix CD curse, as I call it, happened so many times in a row that it became a running joke among my friends and remained one long after I’d learned my lesson and sworn off the practice. As you can imagine, I found it hilarious.
This Saturday at the Bell House in Brooklyn, a venerable alt-Valentine’s Day tradition continues as singer-songwriter Syd Straw presents her 14th annual Heartwreck Show. Read More
Canada’s biggest emo rapper is furious about being misquoted, and also having his cover stolen out from under him by a dead man.
As you may be aware, Valentine’s Day is only a few days away. Whether February 14th is a cherished day for you or one you’d rather erase permanently from the calendar, you can’t deny that it will be a better day with the right soundtrack. To that end, we’re inviting you to nominate the perfect song for Valentine’s Day to be featured on Observer Music this Friday. Read More
The tune—if we may call it that—never settles in the mind, mostly because it is almost all rhythm and no melody. Read More
The stale idea that classical music is dead has been repeated so many times that it’s not really worth being bothered by anymore. But an article published on Slate today argues the grim notion with such narrow-minded certainty that I can’t help taking issue with it.
Hip Hop City
Standing outside the Roseland Ballroom, a squat, three-story music venue on West 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, it’s hard to ignore just how out of place the club looks amid the multitude of banks, hotels and high-rise condominiums jutting up in the near distance. So when Roseland closes in April, it should come as no surprise that the club will be demolished and a 59-story apartment building will be erected in its place, as The Observer learned from a spokesman for the club’s owner, developer Laurence Ginsberg.
Why don’t we just give The Beastie Boys their own borough? Read More
What is it with the former Home Alone star and regression? His new career as musician/DJ/voice on Robot Chicken has been populated by a string(cheese) of kid culture references, including a Dinosaur Birthday Party at (le) Poisson Rouge, DJing with his iPod, and this: his new band’s latest demo, with a pizza-meets-Velvet Underground theme. Dubbed The Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin’s new group recorded a demo track at his home and put it up on their new website.
Let’s just say, the first track is called “Papa John Says.”