Josh Goldfein

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  • 10 years ago

    Every two-year-old in Park Slope knows that Dan Zanes is a rock star. At Franny's on Flatbush Avenue the other night, I watched one burst into Beatlemaniacal sobs the second he walked in—you can't miss his elegantly clashing wardrobe of thrif...

  • 10 years ago

    You don't need to be Eliot Spitzer to know that retail pricing of CDs can be, um, quirky. We shopped for a basket of likely holiday gift items at stores both nearby and virtual (finding deals via and found that prices (which we've m...

  • 10 years ago

    Harold Leventhal, who died in October at 86, had the charisma of an election worker but an Oscar-bait bio: son of a widowed L.E.S. janitor, high school Communist, factory worker fired for union activity, song plugger for Irving Berlin, and manager...

  • 10 years ago

    For all the hours I wasted perusing Justin Whye's defunct MP3 blog ("Listen Closer"), I only ever downloaded one song, but I probably put it on every mix CD I've made since then. "Roberta C.," from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's 2003 album Tw...

  • 10 years ago

    I'm happy for Michelle Shocked that she's so in love with Jesus Christ. If only half the tsuris in her bio is genuine, it's hard to see how else she could get out of bed: raised alternately by a devout Mormon and a lost hippie; involuntary psychia...

  • 11 years ago

    Marianne Faithfull, as Gina Arnold once observed, is primarily an actress playing the role of herself. She's not a composer, a musician, or even a singer; she's a celebrity, lyricist, and conceptualist whose one Big Idea—feminism can include ...


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