Monday, January 25, 2010

free reading and disturbing news

last week the results of the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll were let loose upon the world (here are my picks; I obviously didn't listen to as much "new" music in 2009 as my selections were much more in line this year than in any previous poll) and the collection comes with a number of essays generally grouped into something akin to a rather loose State of the Music banner.

and just before the weekend, the Times ran an interesting piece based on interviews with the still elusive Frank Serpico (yes, that Serpico).

and in breaking local news, Tishman Speyer, the purchaser in the nation's largest residential real estate transaction ever, returned the property purchased, Stuyvesant Town, to its creditors.
(the above pic features Omaha, NE natives Tilly & the Wall performing (or maybe taking a break from performing) on the Stuy Town premises (we got thrown out shortly after))

plus its raining something fierce here.
which may be a symbol that God is muchly angry with the news that the Department of Justice (as reported by CNBC (on-air; the news doesn't appear to have reached their website yet)) will be approving the proposed Live Nation merger with Ticketmaster.
prepare to start staying home a lot more.

album of the day: Vic Chesnutt's West of Rome
Vic was good for a rainy day even before the suicide, and if you own no Vic at all please give "Where Were You" a listen.
both beautiful and heartbreaking (even before the suicide).

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