The NY Times has a great slideshow and piece by Michael Wilson touring the Vinyl shops remained in East Village which still hosts the most arty and musical scene in NYC.RB
Other Music, 15 East Fourth Street, (212) 477-8150.
Indie rock, classic rock, what we call, Jazz, soul, reggae
Norman’s Sound and Vision on 67 Cooper Square, (212) 473-6599/
Rockit Scientist, 33 St. Marks Place, (212) 242-0066
Academy Records, 415 East 12th Street, (212) 780-9166,
classical and jazz music
Last night Phoenix had its 2d show at Rumsfeld Playfield Park in Central Park and it was a hit. The place was packed and the crowd in love with the band. Phoenix, a french pop rock electro band, is winning the American‘s heart with its last record Wolfgang Amadeus. I have to say the concert was great. It had a french something that makes it special. It says that they might be named for the Grammy Awards. Journalits from Rolling Stone where introduce to them 20 minutes before the showtime and some talked on organizing a Phoenix concert next spring at Madison Garden…. It seems that they are reaching a worldwide recognition which is paramount for a french band. RB©RB
Gerald Howard worked woth Jim Carroll. He wrote an instructive and lively piece about him on slate.fr. One quote “He was a classic and now vanishing New York type: the smart (and smartass) Irish kid with style, street savvy, and whatever the Gaelic word for chutzpah is.“
The MoMa is holding an exhibition about NYC and its musical and literary/poet scene in the 70’s and 80’s. Means : Debbie Harry, Jenny Holzer, Basquiat, Patty Smith …. Art and music intertwined and create great Art. Some designed and published their own records and zines and used public-access cable as a venue for media experiments and cultural debates. Photos, magazines, record covers, Tv shows and art –David Wojnarowicz did a great poster, sorry I can not find the picture of it- show the connexion that happened then between music and words. Really nice to swing by, once you walk through the photo gallery and keep being riveted by Garry Winogrand, Friedlander, Strand and all these great American photographers. Till november, 30. RB © Patti Smith autoportrait
Spike Lee along with Brooklyn borough organized a free bash on Nethermead meadow at Prospect Park to celebrate the 51st Birthday of Michael Jackson. Dj Spinna was chosen as the MC and Marty Markowitz, the mayor of Brooklyn, declared August 29, the Michael Jackson Day. Michael Jackson was a great artist but what did he do for the public sake … so, why would he get his day ? Los Angeles has a way named Ron Hubbard… it’s not news but I’m still amazed to see how much credit America gives to the people who make money. Nicole Brydson reports. Why no one thought about a Ted Kennedy’s day … He was rich though … RB
Phoenix played last night at Terminal 5 and the night before at Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Both venues were full packed. They gathered mostly Americans who showed to be already big fans of the fourth record as they already knew the lyrics of Wolgang, Amadeus. I couldn’t believe all this people in their 30 having fun as if it was an American band ! Actually nationality is less and less a criteria to examine work. Phoenix writes his lyrics in english and the songs are truly pop as the band, for a matter of time, was raised with this music. The sound was a bite too synthetic, too 80’s for me but the crow loved it and had a great time dancing on every new tracks. I loved the ones from United, the first record. They were less successful among the people. Phoenix held the after show at Darkroom, a tiny, dark, place in the Lower East side where people mainly hung out and schoomzed. Phoenix already planned to play the 25th and most propably the 26th in Central Park. It’s not, as I thought, during Summerstage but still it’s at Rumsfeld Playfield Park.
RB ©Adam Hirsch for the photo at Terminal 5 + ©RB
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Summerstage opens today in Central Park and again lovely nights will take place in the park listening to amazing artists for free. Here a quick look : The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital July 13th, Hip Hop night with Qtip, Chester French, Little Dragon, Benji B July 18th, Bettye LaVette, July 24th, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele and Jon B, for a Soul afternoon, August 9th, Pretenders, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis, August 10th and I heard that Phoenix will play beginning of september ! RB