"The high heels were easy. There was a shoemaker on Second Avenue who used to take the heel off for us and put in a steel shank, and then put it back on so it was kind of indestructible. "
He's in the studio.
From Afropunk to Electroclash to Zebulon, an abridged tour of its millennial moment.
"I grew up in New York City, I have a small room, I barely have that to myself, I’m going to play the acoustic guitar, and that ended up being the thing that shaped my style more than anything."
"There were a lot of really highly perceptive people in the scene, at CBGB, but there were also some real douche-nozzles."
As part of New York Magazine's Annual Yesteryear Issue.
Almost every floor was inhabited by music publishers, songwriters, band leaders, talent agents.
It's where "The Way to San Jose" started.
And it's not even Throwback Thursday yet.
It's partly because of all the striving artists that have passed through.
Songs about New York, and about archetypal New York folkways and experiences.
Off their upcoming Turn Blue.
Over art rap.
"We were gonna call ourselves Dion and the Crotonas, but Belmont had a nice ring."
From Ronnie Spector to Thurston Moore to Nas.
From Tin Pan Alley to Hollis, Queens, the Brill Building to Bushwick, Electric Lady Studios to Lady Gaga.
An impressionistic, anecdotal, suggestive, but by definition incomplete survey of the past 100 years of New York pop.
This installment of “Somewhere in Time” will make you jump, jump!
Intel on Divergent, Game of Thrones fanship, the many murderers of Scandal, and much more.
Or so says TMZ.
Someone made a deal with God.
Ted Gioia is a smart, serious, hugely accomplished critic, music historian, and pianist — who has just published an asinine article.