In the week we attended a cocktail party at Michael Bolton’s house, we learned that the god has a Kanye platinum plaque on his wall and the finest Scrabble board Toys R Us sells on his mantle. Our guided tour of New York’s most exclusive and secret hangout, Mike’s Apartment, yielded no such gems–mostly, it was just wilted plants and Adidas sandals. What up, Axl?!
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and John Wray discussed the burden of pretending that your mother is a stripper, and we reported back; meanwhile, the National’s secret show in Brooklyn turned up a whole album’s worth of new songs. Broken Bells went the lovers route at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, while Yelawolf employed a more belligerent strategy over at Brooklyn Bowl. And Titus Andronicus finally brought their new and spectacular The Monitor to a New York stage, where they covered the Replacements.
In Memoriam: Mark Linkous, a/k/a Sparklehorse, Dead At 47.
Plus a Q&A between Henry Rollins and ex-MTV-VJ Iann Robinson, one with Toro Y Moi, and yet another with local Monterrey band Quiero Club, who told us what New Yorkers can expect on their way down to Todd P’s MtyMx Festival next week.
Here is a crazy fact: Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel has sold more copies than 50 Cent’s Before I Self-Destruct and that Joanna Newsom Record combined. Maura Johnston explains.
Not to mention MP3 premieres from both ARMS and Las Rubias Del Norte, the rebirth of Williamsburg after-hours spot the Shank, the too soon Corey Haim Dead Herring death flyer, the new Park Slope restaurant from NOFX’s Fat Mike, American Idol blogging from Tom Breihan and Sharyn Jackson, Lil Wayne in jail, Jay-Z in and out of various municipal projects, Joanna Newsom looking funny, and more, below. Looking for something to do this weekend? Consult our Weekend in Nightlife post. We’re back on Monday.