Richard Bienstock

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  • 6 years ago

    Pinned against the doors in a slow-moving Brooklyn-bound 3 train on a recent evening, I found myself resorting to a sure-fire time-killer for what looked to be an interminable ride. Let's call it "sharing" reading material with an unsuspecting nei...

  • 7 years ago

    In recent years, I've taken to evaluating, somewhat subconsciously, each new AC/DC album by way of what I'll now outwardly brand the "Send for the Man" scale. It's a fairly straightforward system, resting on one incontrovertible fact: AC/DC—...

  • 7 years ago

    This year did not exactly begin on a high note for Mike Conte. In January, his band, Early Man, split from Matador, their label of three years, following a somewhat disappointing run. The breakup, for those who pay attention to these types of thin...

  • 8 years ago

    For a guy who's spent a large chunk of his career oscillating between two distinct musical modes, Neil Young has in this decade acted as a particularly strict sonic segregationist. You want reflective, acoustic-guitar-and-harmonica Neil? Try Silve...

  • 8 years ago

    The finest moment in the Meat Puppets'—hell, maybe the entire Amerindie—catalog comes 1:41 into 1984's "Plateau," when stoned space-case Curt Kirkwood's nimble acoustic finger-picking and melancholy mumblings concerning buckets, birds, a...

  • 9 years ago

    Ian Hunter's best-known songs are the ones he sang but didn't write and the ones he wrote but, at least in their most familiar forms, didn't sing. Whether as coverer or coveree, however, his takes were always tops, not least of all for that voice:...


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