By Katherine Turman
It's only taken Bettye LaVette 50 years to become an overnight success. Yet at 66, the saucy soul singer still laments, "That was my biggest grievance--I just want somebody to say my damn name. Even if you say something bad, just say my name."
Since her first single in 1962- ... More >>
By John Seaborn Gray
Used to be you'd have to hit bar after bar until you found just the right jukebox, which promptly became your own personal lair of alcohol consumption. Folks demanded more freedom of choice, however, so many bars have switched over to Internet jukeboxes, where you can download ... More >>
Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins: Reissued in 2011, so it counts! Reports from the holiday-party front indicate that 2011 was another long and lonely year for the fiction writers and memoirists of New York, who were kept company at home all day long mainly by various "internet friends" and related ... More >>
During the audience participation portion of the evening. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.The Arizona-based, telephone helmet-sporting, Tom Waits-endorsed one-man machine that is Bob Log III hit the Knitting Factory last night in a black leather jumpsuit, spraying the crowd with "boob scotch" an ... More >>
And the list of ATP NY guest curators, so far, goes like this: My Bloody Valentine, 2008; Flaming Lips, 2009; Jim Jarmusch, 2010! Just having the dude there last year was amazing, having him curate is a total other thing. Tom Waits, anybody? Also, more band announcements below, including Son ... More >>
There's only one lyric you need to know for Tuesday night: "So like a pimp I'm pimpin'/I got a boat to eat shrimp in." Yes, "Shake Your Rump," among other Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys classics, will be performed by esteemed essayists and rap aficionados Das Racist at Cameo. Continuing this t ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions?
This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
The fate of yet another historic New York diner is uncertain: The Empire Diner, on Tenth Avenue and West 22nd Street, is up for lease. As Eater discovered, the diner's owners are giving up the 3,000-square-foot space by the end of the year. The Empire, which was built in 1946 and opened in it ... More >>
Perfect Sound Forever, friend-of-SOTC Jason Gross' long-running online music mag, has an excerpt from Lowside of the Road, Barney Hoskyns' new Tom Waits biography. (Here's the first chapter, actually.) The PSF bit concerns Tom's transformation from sweet '70s crooner to deranged '80s junkyard-dog ca ... More >>
Please join us in congratulating SOTC faves Parts & Labor for being asked to play this spring's All Tomorrow's Parties: The Fans Strike Back in Minehead, England. For the upcoming installment of the Best Music Festival Series Ever, the weekend's 6000 ticket-buyers curate one day by individually ch ... More >>