It’s tough to come up with a fresh take on year-end music lists. Top Albums gets done by everyone under the sun and the same can be said for Top Songs (we’ve done it before, we’ll likely do it again). I’m in the fortunate position of limited real responsibilities and enough discretionary income to make at least 1-2 shows per month. Central New York might not be a hotbed, but if you expand your territory by a few hours in each direction it’s possible to make a concert calendar that includes many of the must-see acts in a given year. Hence…why not a top individual sets of ’09 recap?
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The end of 2008 brought a list of web sites and people with it. Initially the thought was to do a trends list for mid-2009 in order to combine those two ideas, but what better way to actually see what was actually buzzworthy than to compile the best Trivial Links of 2009? This list may not include MJ (no Trivial Links posted since then) but some other topics that would have to be noted (Obama, Twitter, Publication deaths, etc.) are certainly fair play. Continue reading →
The best albums mid-way discussion will be pushed ’til early July to A) incorporate a full six months of music and B) ensure the discussion has more than just one voice guiding it. Until then, consider “Part I” to be the full 20+ minutes of CNY Music Podcasting for June (and if you were looking for our June showreviews and the comprehensive list of concert dates in June/early July, well, you’re still in luck).
Entertainment Column Written by Nathan Mattise Photos by Nathan Mattise courtesy of SPIN & Canon
Ask someone what makes a good roadtrip and the responses you get are as widespread as location possibilities. It may be the sort of entity where you only know what works after you’ve experienced it. So follow me here:
Now ask someone what makes a Girl Talk concert and the answers will also run the gamut. Plenty of folks have tried to capture it (myself included, twice even) but it’s such a unique concert experience that you never really understand until you go. So maybe it was the anticipation for this event or the loads of reflective travel time it took to get there, but I realized something so incredibly simple.
A Girl Talk show is the perfect roadtrip because the show itself has what you look for in a roadtrip. Continue reading →