Archive: February, 2013
Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
David Bowie's The Next Day, his first album since 2003, comes out March 12. As of tonight, the Thin White Duke's 26th studio album, produced by Bowie and longtime compadre Tony Visconti, is streaming in its entirety on iTunes.
It's sounding excellent the first time through. Check it out here.
The enormously talented and energetic Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has achieved much – as a virtuoso drummer for The Roots and others, as a producer, arranger, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” bandleader (also with The Roots), club DJ, composer, Philadelphia music festival curator and culinary entrepreneur.
Now the West Philly native is adding “author” to his resume with “Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove,” due out June 18 on the Grande Central Publishing imprint.
Bearing a title evoking a Spike Lee joint, an op-art cover that echoes an historic representation of Bob Dylan, and a “punch drunk memoir” style that may also win Dylan comparisons, the tome was written with New Yorker editor Ben Greenman.
The Philly DoGooder Awards, held tonight at the University of the Arts to fete the best in non-profit video storytelling, announced that they would be doling out awards to Philly.com's own Leah Kauffman for Innovation in Storytelling and City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell for Innovation in Urban Mechanics. But the third award, for Innovation in Community Building, went unannounced.
The award goes to HughE Dillon, the proprietor of PhillyChitChat.com and society photographer for Philly.com and the Philly Post, was handed the award by Mayor Michael Nutter, who said that Dillon created a new platform for sharing stories behind the community, through the lens of his camera and the words on his blog.
Last night’s episode of “American Idol” saw our two Philly gals, Chickies & Pete hostess/Lawncrest resident Taylor Rand and Council Rock North junior Courtney Calle, sent home after the group rounds.
Rand, who sang Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” with her group, received praise from judge Keith Urban. The country star singled out Rand and another girl as excellent performers. But, alas, Rand got the boot along with the rest of their group for not being individual enough. “I got off stage and all the cameras were in my face,” Rand said. “It was like my body was made of glass and [Urban] took me up to the highest balcony and just dropped me.”
Rand’s only regret? She wanted a concrete reason why she was let go, rather than a wishy-washy comment. “[‘Good Girl’] still haunts me,” she said.
Radio 104.5 announced Monday that it will celebrate its sixth birthday with a big concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in May.
The birthday bash will feature acts like Phoenix, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit, The Airborne Toxic Event, and twenty | one | pilots.
And that's all folks. Thanks for reading. Watch the final Grammys jam, read tomorrow's newspapers and check out @DNTattle on Twitter.
11:15: Adele present Album of the Year to "Babel" by Mumford & Sons.
11:12: Frank Ocean. Another downer. What Tattle would give right now for some Katy Perry or Lady Gaga.
The Australian band Tame Impala are already in the midst of a killer year ever since the release of their stellar sophomore album, Lonerism, last October. They've already sold out shows around the world including one at Union Transfer last November and are about to embark on another sold-out North American tour.
When the tour was first announced, they had no dates in Philadelphia scheduled. The closest shows were in DC and NYC and those shows quickly sold out. Luckily for us, the band just added a date at the Electric Factory where they'll play on Wednesday, June 19. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday(02/08) at noon and will be found HERE.
They also recently released a (NSFW) video for the track, "Mind Mischief" that you can watch below along with the (SFW) video for "Elephant", too. Both songs are off Lonerism.
Beyonce wins big with Super Bowl halftime show, will play Wells Fargo Center and Boardwalk Hall in July
Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
UPDATE: As expected, Beyonce's big Super Bowl splash is being followed by a tour announcement. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour play the Wells Fargo Center on July 25 and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Feb. 15 at ComcastTix.com.
Before the Superdome power outage became the story of the night, Beyonce put all the brouhaha over her lip-synching the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration this month behind her with what was surely the most scintillating big game halftime show since Prince played Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
Earlier this week at her Super Bowl press conference, Beyonce promised "I absolutely will be singing live," and it surely seemed she was, albeit with pre-recorded back up vocals, as she appeared several times larger than life on stage to a Vince Lombardi voice over.