Video: Alex Greenwald and Phriends, Balisong (She Told Me So)

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It has been well over a year since this song surfaced as a teaser for Alex Greenwald‘s solo record and I must confess, I was beginning to wonder if the project had been abandoned. But lo, a video has appeared! Hopefully this means the record will emerge soon too. Without further chatter, here is Mr. Greenwald (looking very professorial) along with Darren Robinson and Jeff Conrad from Phantom Planet and Stuart Zender from Jamiroquai (?!) with a live version of the song performed at a live variety show put on by The Kennedy Administration in Echo Park, in Los Angeles.  

2012: A Year In Pictures, October and December

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Johnny Hallyday, Beacon Theater, Oct. 7, 2012   Blake Mills, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, New York, NY, 0ct. 16, 2012   Fiona Apple, Terminal 5, Oct. 16, 2012   Beast Patrol, The Studio at Webster Hall, October 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Alex Greenwald and Michael Runion, JJAMZ, The Studio at Webster Hall, Oct. 19, 2012   Sweatheart, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   The Dirty Pearls, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012.   Justin Hawkins / The Darkness, Terminal 5, New York, NY, Oct. 22, 2012   Jeffertitti’s Nile w/ Father John Misty, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Katy Goodman, La Sera, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Father John Misty, w/ Jeffertitti, Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 2012   Lindi Ortega, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Mike Ness, Social Distortion, Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2012   Apparently I didn’t go to any shows in November, either.   Sheena Ozzella, Lemuria, Webster Hall, New York, NY, … Continue reading

2012: A Year In Pictures: July – September

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Alex Greenwald and Z Berg, JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   Michael Runion, JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   JJAMZ, Webster Hall, New York, NY, July 10, 2012   Lita Ford, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Bret Michaels, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   C.C. DeVille, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Bobby Dall, Poison, Nikon at Joes Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Ricki Rockett, Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Poison, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Rick Allen, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Rick Savage and Joe Elliot, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Phil Collen, Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Def Leppard, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, July 13, 2012   Marcy Playground, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   A. Jay Popoff, Lit, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA, July 28, 2012   Art … Continue reading

Alex Greenwald: Balisong (She Told Me So)

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Balisong (She Told Me So) is a teaser from Alex Greenwald’s as-yet-untitled (and unreleased) solo record, which – and I say this with bemused affection – I have been referring to as “Nessie”, since I do sometimes feel like I’m sitting on the edge of a dark Highland loch with a toy radio, waiting for static-filled fin sightings. And, too, when (if?) I do ever get to write about it, there will be a certain amount of myth and legend (i.e. out-of-date Wikipedia notes) to untangle. But until such time as it glides to the surface, there is this song, which is a love song for a knife, and is made of many dark, shimmery layers: BALISONG (SHE TOLD ME SO) by ALECKSU

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog: A Few of My Favorite Things: Nerds and Novelty Songs

This is Jonathan Coulton performing at the High Line this past April. He is the uncrowned king of the nerdy novelty song. My iTunes informs me that his genre is “Unclassifiable” which I think is an unusual misspelling of “Awesome.” My personal favorites are Code Monkey, a love song for J. Alfred Programmer; Skullcrusher Mountain, in which a lovelorn mad scientist asks isn’t it enough that I ruined a pony, making a gift for you?; and Shop Vac, a tale of suburban disaffection and despair with a catchy sing-along chorus. I’m also really very fond of his cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back. Those last two might not be all that nerdy but they are a whole lot of fun. The next song on my list of favorites, MMO RPG by Alex Greenwald (Mark Ronson and the Business Intl., Phantom Planet) – truly a piece of digital ephemera, as it is, for now, only available on YouTube – explores some of the philosophical complexities of on-line gaming: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv8HJ_mB2Nw?fs=1] I will confess I’m not actually all that into computer games – the graphics tend to give me vertigo, and I prefer the low-tech joys of running around in the woods … Continue reading