Archive for February 3rd, 2012

OK, you don't like Lana Del Rey's new album; care to explain, you know, why?

Here’s the data on how much I know about Lana Del Rey: she had a bad performance on Saturday Night Live (or so I’ve read) and the critics seem to hate her.

New Dennis Wilson biopic will feature Vera Farmiga as Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie

A forthcoming film focusing on the last six years of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson’s life will include Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga in the role of his love interest, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie.

'Legends of Folk' to feature vintage performances by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, others

A restored and remastered DVD release of Legends of Folk: The Village Scene will feature many of the folk era’s biggest, most influential stars — from Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, to Peter Paul and Mary to Joan Baez.

Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

Van Halen was one of the smartest, funniest, toughest bands around at the turn of the 1980s. Three decades later, the greatest fear surrounding a reunion was whether they could recreate any piece of that. And they did, all of it.

One Track Mind: Cheap Perfume, "Boys" (2012)

No matter how tolerant we think we are, there’s still a degree of sexism in the weird, wonderful and wild world of rock and roll. Although it’s hardly shocking to see women playing the music now, the industry continues to be dominated by males.

Todd Rundgren – Todd: Live CD/DVD (2012)

A lot of people don’t remember Todd Rundgren today, and it’s really a damn shame. Because, back in his late-1970s and early-1980s heyday, Todd Rundgren was the man.

Half Notes: The October Trio – New Dream (2012)

When you peel away all chordal instruments, the rhythm section gets exposed. That can be a delight or a disaster, but in the case of Toronto’s October Trio, it’s the former.

The Friday Morning Listen: Jenny Berkel, "You Don't Hesitate" (2012)

Busted stuff. I’m attracted to it. Houses in particular. I drive by an old abandoned house and wish I knew just a few of the stories that float through the halls and out the shattered windows.