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by Cynthia Fuchs

22 Feb 2011


Wherever it begins or ends, Paul Green’s act is a compelling one. “My ego,” he says, “is as big as the whole universe. I invented something so I could be the best at it.” His invention, launched in 1998, is the Paul Green School of Rock Music. He means to teach his students how to rock, to absorb and spit out the rockin’ spirit typically attributed to the devil: Jack-Blackishly, he demands to know, “Do you love Satan?” That is, he wants the kids (ages eight to 18) to feel the awesome power of Music with a big M. Green’s irrepressible theory and practice are on display in Don Argott’s lively, smart, and weirdly enchanting 2005 documentary, Rock School. It screens at the IFC Center on 22 February at 8pm, as part of Stranger Than Fiction‘s Winter Season, followed by a Q&A with Argott.

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by Allison Taich

16 Feb 2011


Baltimore’s the Bridge released their fifth studio album, National Bohemian, 1 February 2011 on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. The album is an Americana stew of blues, rock, funk, soul and jam, seasoned with a dash of Cajun spice. National Bohemian is a spirited release that road trips across the U.S., trucking day and night through mountains of emotions and sunny pastures of optimism. Check out the video of “Rosie” off National Bohemian.

The Bridge is currently on tour supporting Tea Leaf Green, then Galactic, followed by a string of headlining U.S. dates.

by Eric Allen Been

16 Feb 2011


Two decades ago, dance music visionary Carl Craig helped marshal in the second wave of Detroit techno by launching the leftfield-leaning label Planet E. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the imprint, Craig is set to release on 22 February a Planet E “best of” digital compilation entitled 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain’t Dead. The 25-track project will include electronic music classics like Moodymann’s “Dem Young Sconies” and Innerzone Orchestra’s “Bug in the Bassbin”, along with next-generation mindbenders like Recloose’s “Can’t Take It [ft. Dwele]” and a previously unreleased remix by Craig of Kenny Larkin’s “You Are”.

And in conjunction with the digital release, Craig will be hosting on his website craigcarl.net a competition for fans to vote on tracks that should be pressed onto a limited edition Planet E vinyl box set. 

Finally, starting in March Planet E will also began releasing singles from its back catalogue, which will chosen and remixed by, among others, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Mad Mike Banks. First up will be a Luciano remix of Recloose’s “Can’t Take It”.

The tracklisting for the compilation and the dates for Craig’s Planet E tour are listed below.

Scion A/V Presents: Carl Craig Interview from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

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by Jessy Krupa

14 Feb 2011


CBS devoted three and a half hours to the Grammys, not counting the many commercial breaks. (In all fairness, most of the ads featured musicians or were from Target’s backstage at an award show-themed campaign.) However, only ten awards were presented on air in order to make room for more performances and meaningless celebrity presenters. 

The Big Winners:

Best Pop Performance By a Duo Or Group: Train “Hey Soul Sister”
Best Female Country Vocal: Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
Rock Album: Muse The Resistance
Best Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Best Country Album: Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Song of the Year: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spaulding
Best Rap Album: Eminem Recovery
Record of the Year: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Album of the Year: Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Lifetime Achievement Honorees: Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Ramones, and George Beverly Shea

The Big Winners That Weren’t Shown on TV:

Best Alternative Music Album: The Black Keys Brothers
Best Dance Recording: Rihanna “Only Girl (In the World)”
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney “Helter Skelter (Live)”
Best Country Song: Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”
Best Contemporary R&B Album: Usher Raymond Vs. Raymond
Best Female Pop Vocal: Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”
Best Male Pop Vocal: Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”

The Best Performances:

Some of the night’s performances were great and memorable, especially those which paid tribute to other artists.

by William Carl Ferleman

14 Feb 2011


Lady Gaga’s “incubation” bit was extraordinary, and her courage to be herself—creative and singular—must be respected; and she won three awards. At the same time, in terms of sheer substance, tonight her rendition of her new single “Born This Way” was, while intriguing, not relatively grand. In fact, it was problematic—several of the lyrics just were not sung by her live, and this was quite evident, as the song would go on while she turned her head from her microphone. It’s difficult to maintain both “off the wall” theatre and efficacious song renditions. It’s also difficult to beat her own performance last year—which included much more theatre—a bird nest, zombies, Gaga tossed into a burner, Elton John—alongside potent, substantive renditions. Instead, in my view, Kansas Citian Janelle Monáe stole the show, ironically, by using little to no overt drama: her “Cold War” bit exuded vocal strength, keen dance moves, and she did not require a quasi-uterus prop to achieve any credibility or success.

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