Fin: Dez Bryant’s whitey tape, President Nick Nolte and a drug-free Puff

This Dez Bryant videotape rumor is one of the weirdest news stories of all time. We hear there’s a video. No one has seen it or knows what’s on it. For all we know it may not actually exist- remember the Michelle Obama “Whitey Tape?“- but in the meantime every news organization is reporting on more »

Zeppelin catalog is streaming everywhere

There’s huge news for the rare cohort of Led Zeppelin fans who love the band, but didn’t purchase their entire catalog in whatever format was most popular when they were 12 years old. We already told you that Zeppelin’s music is now available on the TIDAL streaming platform, and reports this week had the Zep more »

Scarlett Johansson forms musical “super group,” stirs controversy almost immediately

It must be difficult being Scarlett Johansson. Granted, she’s gorgeous, and she’s attached to one of the biggest motion picture franchises currently printing money at the box office (i.e. ‘The Avengers’), but it seems like, every time there’s news outside her looks or Marvel, there’s trouble. Take the recent rumor/announcement that she is set to more »

Like Brian Wilson did: “Love & Mercy” trailer appears

One of the movies we’re most looking forward to at next month’s South by Southwest is “Love & Mercy,” a biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson which stars Paul Dano and John Cusack as different incarnations of the enigmatic frontman. How it took this long to make a Brian Wilson biopic is unclear, as there more »

At last, Kenny G does something cool

Saxophonist Kenny G has had a pretty long career, for someone who’s never been all that respected. Kenny G has been an active solo artist since 1982, selling more than 75 million records. Yet he’s associated with a couple of different musical genres- smooth jazz and adult contemporary- that have never been especially loved by more »

TIDAL adds Zeppelin albums

TIDAL differs from other music services in that it’s more-expensive, higher-res, and it also offers interviews with music luminaries and other content. Among that content is a new interview with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page- tied in with the announcement that TIDAL has added albums from Led Zeppelin’s catalog, including the newly remastered “Physical more »

Hear no more music: Starbucks dropping CD sales

If you’re above a certain age, you probably remember buying CDs at places which no longer sell them. Whether it was a record store that’s out of business, or a Best Buy or other big box that’s scaled back on physical media, even if you still buy CDs you can’t get them where you used more »

For Kurt’s birthday: My 10 favorite Nirvana covers

Enjoy my 10 favorite Nirvana covers. They’re all different, and they’re all awesome. Happy Birthday, Kurt!

Discwatch: Classic Rockers Still ‘Kicking It’ on New Concert Blu-rays

Rock music fans certainly were spoiled in the 1960s and 70s. So many great bands were starting up or already rolling, putting out great album after great album and creating a legacy of classics that rightfully dominated the record industry and continues to rule classic rock radio to this day—it was like a lavish feast more »

Fin: Against feelings journalism, defending Allison Williams and KG, tastefully done

Allow me to sign on wholeheartedly to this piece, by Phoebe Maltz Bovy, criticizing the rise of “feelings journalism,” which she describes as “a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind..” more »

Woo hoo: Blur is back with a new “secret” album, ‘The Magic Whip’

Back in the ’90s, when everyone swooned over the battle in Britpop, critics clamored for the Beatles rip-off artists Oasis, claiming them commercially and creatively superior to their main hit-making rivals, Blur. While Suede and Pulp were also (a minor) part of the conversation, among others, it all seemed to boil down to a personal more »

The Sweetie Pie from Tenafly: Lesley Gore (1946 – 2015)

When the Beatles and their accompanying “mania” finally hit this side of the pond, she was already a star. Their stranglehold on the top of the charts kept her second best known song, the proto-feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me” from hitting number one (a little tune called “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” kept that more »