The first music I became heavily obsessed with as a young man was first and second wave British punk rock and Oi! In the mid-90's, It was the en vogue punk of the day and I immersed myself in the world of boots, bondage pants, painted and studded leather jackets, and knox gelatin'd spiked hair with ... More >>
Halloween in New York really is the most wonderful time of the year, and this year, it gets started a bit early--and runs all week long. Here's a selection of the city's more intriguing Halloween bashes that incorporate food and drink, celebrate the human DIY spirit, and steer clear of the parade.
Sunday night, Red Bank, New Jersey, will host Canadian hit-maker Paul Anka for a show of his greatest hits. An interesting figure in the music industry, along with his personal array of hits, he composed Johnny Carson's original Tonight Show theme, wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra and had the fores ... More >>
This is a good site for listing all those mistaken words we hum like dummos, never knowing that we're several syllables removed from any semblance of reality. There's the Billy Joel classic that supposedly goes, "We didn't start the fire/It was always burning/Said the worst attorney."
Contrary to what some poor, misguided souls might have lead you to believe, it's not all hilarity and high jinks being a music hack. Endless deadlines, over zealous PR people, petulant musicians, and the daily grind of trying to summon up a vague resemblance of enthusiasm for the endless barrage of ... More >>
John Mulaney hits carolines
True art lives where no one is paying attention. Or probably not.
I was having lunch with Jerry Stiller, Christopher Lloyd, and Robert Vaughn at the Friars Club yesterday--you heard me--when comic Stewie Stone dropped by our table and spilled some old beans. "Engelbert Humperdinck is a horrible human being," said Stone, who used to open for the singer and found h ... More >>
43rd Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Marriott Marquis Thursday, June 14 Better than: Disco roller derby. If you closed your eyes and listened to the parade of songs and familiar voices emanating from the Marriott Marquis' luminary-packed sixth-floor ballroom last night, you might have tho ... More >>
Photo courtesy the Winey NeighborA little rock and roll with that red?Oenophiles in Prospect Heights will be pleased to discover that a new boutique wine shop has opened in the neighborhood. Run by husband and wife Kenneth Hung and Young Jung, the Winey Neighbor (679 Washington Avenue, 345-71 ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXA deeply frustrating season of American Idol is over now, having discovered exactly zero future stars, and last night we got the massive glitzathon finale, an annual event that reliably has little or nothing to do with the rest of the season. Scotty McCreery barely even look ... More >>
I'm not interested in the paint-by-numbers ones designed to make a quick buck. Here are the six cover tunes that I feel brought the most originality and fresh energy to standard tunes, making it more than worth the effort to do the remaking. (6) "It's My Life" by No Doubt. (2003.) Gwen Ste ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 15, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 24 Elvis: The last laugh By Carman Moore I think I know who Elvis Presley is. Wasn't he the guy who was always combing his hair, because he knew the girls would be watching? Wasn't he the guy who didn't ... More >>
It would be scarier than the Legion trailer if you went to karaoke night and this guy -- who can be quite mild when he wants to be -- suddenly went into this psycho-sexual Tom Jones act. This phenomenon, Musicorey, also has a Twitter feed, where he last reported on June 19 that he is "making love ... More >>
What would you give for this man's jacket? Some people throw their underwear onstage at Tom Jones (or Guy Fieri). Others stand in line for hours to get a copy of their favorite cookbook signed. If you're a die-hard fan of some of the chefs this city has produced, now's your chance to own a pi ... More >>
Julie Christie in 'Darling'Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 10, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 17 Films By Andrew Sarris The Second Annual Village Voice Readers' 10-best poll, held this year in conjunction with my Films in Focus program on WBAI, received entries from a ... More >>
Just one more wafer-thin mint... The human appetite, in all its voracious, messy, and metaphorical forms, is one of the cinema's more enduring themes. When food makes its way onto the screen, it's often less as a prop than as a narrative tool. How it's presented -- literally or symbol ... More >>
In honor of next weekend's fete upstate, some wistful reminiscences and trash talk
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesDecember 26, 1963, Vol. IX, No. 10Best Films of 1963PETER BOGDANOVICH -- The following are the best new movies I saw this year, listed in the order in which they were seen: "The Elusive Corporal," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "The Trial," " ... More >>
This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>
Jed Lipinski"Just throw your panties up there already!" Tom Jones Terminal 5 February 24 Has the term sexagenarian ever been more appropriate? At 68, Tom Jones's sex appeal is staggering, humbling, an embarrassment to young men in the crowd. Jones paws the air and himself, smiles like a cartoon l ... More >>
Paying tribute to Leonard Cohen and the BeeGees
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Jon Langford Makes Friends and Influences People
French Tries, by Romanian Eugene Ionesco, Come Alive
Moviegoers Avoid Big-Budget Pitfalls
It's a Good Time To Stay Off-Broadway Even on CD