September 19, 2015 |
How do you keep an independent record store open for 30 years? "It helps if you don't want too much for yourself," Philadelphia Record Exchange owner Jacy Webster answers drily, and then laughs. "It's not a real profitable business. " Webster cofounded the Record Exchange in 1985 with Greg Harris, who is now CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. It hasn't made him rich, but the store managed the rare feat of surviving as a bricks-and-mortar gathering place that sells honest to goodness physical product.
October 10, 2014 |
IT'S FALL when the leaves start to turn and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its new class of nominees. And Tattle goes, Huh? There's a little bit less of that this year as nominees include Velvet Underground founding member Lou Reed , Green Day and Nine Inch Nails (both in their first year of eligibility), the Smiths and Sting , all of whom have some legit rock cred. They're joined by repeat nominees the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Chic , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts , Kraftwerk and N.W.A.
July 11, 2014 |
R OSIE O'DONNELL will return to "The View" this September to team with Whoopi Goldberg and other gabbers yet to be announced. Rosie spent a combative eight months on "The View," ending in 2007, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch , and the show's ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck , Rosie asked out of her contract. Elisabeth is now a co-host of "Fox and Friends," on Fox News, and she was highly critical of ABC bringing Rosie back, basically calling her anti-military.
June 1, 2014 |
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be shown on HBO in a three-hour version (edited from five) at 8 on Saturday night. This year's show makes for a far more entertainingly compelling exercise in self-congratulation than usual. That's partly due to the talent level. In its first year of eligibility, Nirvana, the greatest of grunge-era bands, was inducted. The HBO show comes to a climactic conclusion with surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear joined by four female singers - Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and a particularly fabulous St. Vincent - filling in for the late Kurt Cobain.
April 13, 2014 |
When Daryl Hall and John Oates took the mike at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Thursday night - in a gala at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. - Hall reflected on both the honor and the injustice of being the first "homegrown Philly act" inducted. He listed many deserving names, from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to Todd Rundgren. It was part of a big night for the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame, as the E Street Band, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, and high-shoed rockers Kiss were inducted.
April 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, cartoon hard-rockers Kiss, and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class. Other inductees included '70s and '80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country-rock hit maker Linda Ronstadt. She suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood.
March 18, 2014 |
RAPPER Tyler, the Creator (a/k/a Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during a show at South By Southwest. Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. If convicted of inciting a riot, a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Police say Tyler, 23, incited a large crowd of fans at the annual music festival to push their way past venue employees controlling access to a Thursday show that was already full.
December 19, 2013 |
Hall for Hall & Oates Philly-bred Temple University-educated pop-R&B duo Hall & Oates will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the org said Tuesday. The duo is one of six acts that will be honored at a ceremony April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As expected, first-ballot inductees Nirvana lead the way for 2014, the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain 's death. Like Hall & Oates, all the other inductees have broken through after being eligible for many years.
October 31, 2013 |
IT TURNS out that "Captain Phillips" didn't need the U.S. Navy to defeat a small band of Somali pirates. All he needed was Britney Spears . London's Daily Mirror reports that Britney's hits are being blasted at the seafaring Somalis because they can't stand her music. Or it's a clever lure to her upcoming Las Vegas show. "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again" appear to be the most effective sonic weapons. "These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect," said merchant naval officer Rachel Owens . Or maybe they just don't like old Britney.
October 18, 2013 |
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?