SYNOPSIS: From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new 10-episode drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.
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Formerly of the New York City band the Freshkills and most recently a best-selling ebook author (his book The Long Run is set to be released by a major publisher in 2016) Mishka Shubaly has just released his new album Coward’s Path. A ragged, cacophonous confessional record, its kitchen-sink approach, unflinching honesty, and gutter poeticism makes it come across as a weird hybrid of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and NYC punk rock. It’s cathartic, wryly humorous, and completely soulful, and absolutely worth a listen.
Athens, Georgia band Gláss offer a unique take on classic gothic post-punk on their debut album, which is due out in early 2016. While the minimalist power of Joy Division looms over the trio’s music like a specter, they add a very strong surf rock and punk aesthetic, and that combination of darkness and energy creates a potent dynamic on the cheekily titled track “Glass(-accent)”, which you can hear below.
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Steve Horowitz: Does anyone even like arena rock anymore, or is it just one of the holdovers from the ‘60s that we have to put up with. Sure, I don’t think groups as popular as My Morning Jacket could play a series of small clubs without causing havoc, but the lack of intimacy at such shows reveals they are as barren as the mountain and desert landscapes of the video. The song itself seems meant for big shows. It’s anthemic, repetitive, and non-threatening. Let’s all put our hands up in the air and let the drummer take us away. The beat is catchy enough. Who knows what “Compound Fracture” really concerns, but one needs the broken bones as much as one needs another hole in the head. [6/10]