Entries tagged with: Jon Pareles

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Kendrick Lamar at Terminal 5, Sept 2012 (more by Julie Schnabel)
Kendrick Lamar

Venerable newspaper The New York Times have published their Top 10 songs and albums of the year, broken out by specific writers. (If they had published a collective list, Frank Ocean would be up there.) What say the Grey Lady? Check out the lists below, and follow the links for detail on why writers Jon Caramanica, Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen chose each.

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Pete's Candy Store photos by Amanda Hatfield, Crash Mansion photos by Jessica Amaya, Pianos & Mercury Lounge photos by Chris La Putt, words by Rachel Kowal

Oh Land @ Rebel NYC (more by David Andrako)
Oh Land

You've been following the CMJ adventures of multiple BV contributors for two weeks now, including the day by day reviews from Rachel Kowal. Before too much more time passes, here is the conclusion of Rachel's week (with the end of day four and all of day five), and assorted pictures from four other shows all rolled into one big post. Check it all out, below....

Continue reading "Rachel's CMJ 2010 recap conclusion w/ lots of pics (Lia Ices, Sarah Jaffe, Ume, Robbers on High Street, Buke & Gass, more) "

David Byrne & dancers @ Radio City Music Hall in NYC (photo by Jane Kratochvil)
David Byrne

"C warned me that there was a not so complimentary review in the NY Times this morning, and advised me against reading it. I don't read all the press and reviews we get, but as I do read that paper regularly, I would have inevitably stumbled upon it. Apparently the reviewer, Jon Pareles, loves the Bush Of Ghosts album and has some kind of nostalgia for those days. We all know music snobs who like to remind everyone that they heard so and so back when they were really good. This, however, is the same reviewer who leveled charges of "cultural imperialism" against Bush Of Ghosts in his Rolling Stone review back in the early 80's. For years afterwards, almost every interviewer asked me to respond to his charge, and many press articles quoted it. It was like the joke about "When did you stop beating your wife?" -- the charge was silly and ill-informed, but one was constantly put on the defensive, and even assumed to be guilty, simply by the question being raised. It was annoying, it lasted for years, and it hurt.

Given that track record, I guess 30 years from now he'll figure out what this show was about.

I still haven't read the review, and don't intend to. While taking criticism on board can be constructive, it can also be detrimental to the creative process if it's considered while that process is still under way. It undermines one's enthusiasm and will -- which is OK, beneficial even, but only after a tour (for example) is over. This review, by all reports, wasn't helpful criticism anyway -- it seemed to be one of those reviews that comes from some psychological issues the writer has -- and therefore even a belated reading is not going to help us refine what we do." [DAVID BYRNE]

The review in question was titled "Spectacle, Including a Singer in a Tutu". As you can see above, there were tutus! Our previous Radio City photo set didn't capture that aspect, as all of those pictures were taken during the first three songs.

Missed both Radio City shows? Good news! David Byrne has added a June 3rd show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. It happens after (over a month after) he gets back from the European leg of the "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" tour. $65.00 & $45.00 tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

All tour dates, and TUTU VIDEO FOOTAGE, below...

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Patti and Jon

The 2009 NY Times Arts & Leisure Weekend takes place at the Timescenter in NYC from January 8-11. Tickets are on sale for events that include talks with Vampire Weekend, Patti Smith, Salman Rushdie, and Tom Cruise (thx Jeff).

Vampire Weekend are also playing 4 NYC-area shows in December. Patti Smith is playing two.

"There’s a world of cross-references in Dirty Projectors’ music: stuttering modal riffs from Mali, the meandering melodies of opera or modern music theater, pygmy antiphonal vocals, Captain Beefheart, Zimbabwean and Congolese rock, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Usually Mr. Longstreth sustained a sweetly androgynous croon as the music jittered all around him, but in “Police Story” — set to slow tom-tom thumps, steady guitar chords and a descant from the women’s voices — he followed his winding, leaping melody up to a yelping crescendo of desperation." [NY Times]

More on the Bowery show HERE.

Feist arriving to the Letterman show

Feist is big. See her talk about it with Jon Pareles on January 12th in NYC. Tickets are on sale. Many other 2008 "New York Times Arts and Leisure Week" are on sale too (the shows that disappeared after I posted them last time).

On December 12th (exactly one month earlier) - Feist performs "1234" ON THE TODAY SHOW. That's her arriving her for Letterman in the photo above.