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by Steve Horowitz

3 Sep 2010


George Gershwin’s “Summertime” might be the most frequently recorded song ever covered by female vocalists. There have been thousands of renditions, including classic versions by artists as talented and different as Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joni Mitchell, not to mention male vocal and instrumental musicians by such legends as John Coltrane, Sam Cooke, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Brian Wilson. But the finest version in all of its operatic glory must be that done by Leontyne Price. She just lets her jaw drop and wails when the song calls for it and then lets the lullaby softly purr as needed. Price nails every note. Here’s a live version from 1981, almost 30 years after she first performed it before an audience, and Price still sings the song perfectly.

by William Carl Ferleman

3 Sep 2010


I attended a Gin Blossoms show in Kansas City last week. I couldn’t help from thinking about this: How could one name a band Gin Blossoms when only some original members remain part of it? How does one properly define a band or group nowadays? When a critical member (de)parts, does the show still go on? Are simply hits and name recognition enough, not to mention the explicit, blatant bamboozlement of a likely uninformed public? 

Troubled songwriter and guitarist Doug Hopkins unfortunately killed himself in 1993, after the band terminated him; he wrote the band’s major Billboard hits “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You”. Watching singer Robin Wilson sing these songs and cheerfully work the audience, tambourine and all, was a bit unsettling to me; same goes for Hopkins’ “replacement” on guitar, Scott Johnson. But the band does have a new album due later this month.

Here is video from a show in Boston.

by Jennifer Cooke

3 Sep 2010


Julius C is a band, not a guy. Just when you thought unsigned rock acts only played for beer money, studio time or gas for their vans, these four curly-haired hipsters come along and show us they care about more than beard-grooming and ironic T-shirts. September 1 kicked off a 30-shows-in-30-days jaunt all around New York City to benefit Powerhouse, a program for homeless pregnant and parenting teen moms. And when you throw in a video featuring dancing gorillas and a catchy-as-hell power pop tune called “Don’t Want Anybody”, you might even forget that these guys are rocking out for a good cause.

by Matt Mazur

2 Sep 2010


Should have won... the dopplegangers of Ingmar Bergman's masterwork Persona.

Oscar’s Nominees
Anouk Aimée ... A Man and a Woman
Ida Kaminska ... The Shop on Main Street
Lynn Redgrave - Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave - Morgan!
Elizabeth Taylor - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mazur’s Nominees:

Bibi Andersson & Liv Ullmann ... Persona

by Joseph Fisher

2 Sep 2010


Apparently, it is the week for beer-music hybrid posts here on PopMatters. After pondering the accuracy of styling a beer after hardcore’s teetotaling tendencies, I will now link you to NPR’s discussion of Dogfish Head’s newest (limited) craft brew: Bitches Brew, a beer released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis record of the same name. Regrettably, I have not yet had the opportunity to sample Bitches Brew, but if it is anything like the record, it definitely will be one to savor.

What other beer-music pairings can we develop here? And no, PBR and [x] record doesn’t count as a response.

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