1) Check out Nate Chinen's New York Times write-up of TV on the Radio's appearance in Prospect Park last week. TVOTR is hardly considered jazz, but there's something to be said for the group's ambitious experimentalism. Their music is immediately identifiable, with its furious electronic churnings, lamentive, brooding soundscapes and their eerie, chant-like vocals. This indie buzzgroup started turning heads with their 2003 Young Liars LP (highly recommended) and announced their full-fledge arrival with the full-length Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes in 2004. The buzz hasn't stopped, and their highly anticipated Return to Cookie Mountain is soon to be released (it has already hit the stores overseas, though a stateside street date has not been announced yet). Read the full NYT story here.
Also, check out:
- Pitchfork's review of Cookie Mountain
- TheirSpace (you can download mp3s of "Staring at the Sun" and "Dry Drunk Emperor")
- Young Liars blog
2) The departure of Annie Parisse from "Law & Order" has made me a somewhat anxious fan these past few months (always happens when they need to fill a character's role), but viewers like me, both hopeful and skeptical, will eagerly await the inauguration of the assistant district attorney to succeed Parisse: Alana de la Garza (IMDb bio, NBC bio). A former cast member of "CSI: Miami," de la Garza will play ADA Connie Rubirosa in the 17th season of TV's longest-running crime drama. Read the AP story here.