December 18, 2006 |
Sean Lennon's dad's band ceased touring because - among other reasons - the technology of the day prevented the Beatles from replicating their increasingly ambitious studio work live. Their two guitars, bass and drums configuration just wouldn't do a song like "Strawberry Fields Forever" justice. Let's not confuse Sean Lennon's new album Friendly Fire with a landmark recording like Sgt. Pepper's. Still, it is a well-crafted record in which occasional lyrical shortcomings and Lennon's thin, nasal voice are enriched by glistening production nuances and consistently pretty melodies.
June 8, 1998 |
Everyone wants to like Sean Lennon. The 22-year-old, whose slain father was a voice of his generation, has more reason than most to be angry at the world. Yet his music is angst-free: The new Into the Sun shimmers with optimism. And on Friday, at the sold-out Pontiac Grille - a room the elder Lennon hung in when it was J.C. Dobbs and he taped The Mike Douglas Show here in 1972 - Sean radiated amiability. Smiling at the crowd he welcomed like guests into his home, the bespectacled guitarist with two-tone hair began solo on the love song "One Night," then brought out keyboardist-girlfriend Yuka Honda and three other musicians.
May 17, 1998 |
Sean Lennon knows it's early to be complaining. He's only a few months into the promotional whirl for his debut album Into the Sun (Grand Royal/Capitol), which arrives in stores Tuesday, but he's already a bit tired of the questions about his family. He understands why the press wants to know about the lingering influence of his father, John, murdered in 1980, when he was 5. And his mother, Yoko Ono, who, he says, let him decide his own career path. And his brother Julian, an '80s wunderkind just now attempting a comeback.
November 4, 1986 |
It's Friday night, and you haven't planned a thing. Do you go for a pizza? Check the movie listings? If you're working mother Yoko Ono, you take your son Sean Lennon and head to Trenton, where you pay a quick visit to a peace march. The crowd gapes, the flashes pop, and Sean looks longingly at a really neat tent belonging to the marchers. Cultural icon or not, Yoko should have gotten this boy into a scout troop by now . . .
September 26, 2006 |
Could Janet Jackson please take off her shirt and pose for a few more magazine covers? Maybe Good Housekeeping, or Popular Mechanics? Because, really, the covers of FHM, Giant, Blender and Vibe aren't quite enough to inform the masses about the intended selling points of 20 Y.O. Namely that, as Vibe put it: "She's fly, 40 and crazy in love. " All that disrobing would seem to smack of desperation from Michael's little sister, who has titled her ninth album 20 Y.O. (Virgin . out of four stars)
October 6, 2013 |
In Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall , Alvy Singer, played by Allen, asks sarcastically about a rock concert: "Did it achieve total heaviosity?" As of 2013, Allen could have been asking about Thursday's neo-psychedelia showcase with the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Festival Pier. The Lips is the noisy soul of heaviosity itself, with a front man - Wayne Coyne - who has become America's huckster of cascading doom-psych, rimmed with trippy hope.
August 30, 2012 |
EVERY DAY there seems to be some new sign of the apocalypse. (For the record, Tattle's signs of the apocalypse do not necessarily agree with the signs predicted by evangelical Christians, Mayans or Nostradamus.) Today's sign is that the Walker Art Center, a once well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, is presenting its first Internet Cat Video Film Festival to showcase the best in filmed feline high jinks. That's right, the YouTubey time-wasters that get millions of people to click away from important news stories are getting their own festival.
November 17, 1986 |
Eleven members of the Missionaries of Charity had an unexpected visit from Mother Teresa in San Francisco on Saturday, when the Nobel laureate arrived unannounced from Cuba to hear them take their vows. Despite the lack of an announcement, about 700 people crowded Mission Dolores for the profession of vows by sisters who had completed the novitiate of Mother Teresa's order. The 1979 peace prize winner used the occasion to denounce abortion and to offer comfort to those who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
April 14, 1998 |
"I'm sure many people were surprised, but I'm not there to prove anything. Not necessary. " - A deeply confident Aretha Franklin, on her Grammy-night operatic debut Margaret Trudeau Kemper, ex-wife of former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, was infamous for her '70s liaisons with the Rolling Stones and other jet-setters. Now she appears to be fixated on the next generation of handsome young men - and has landed in the psych ward. The former first lady is allegedly obsessed with Britain's Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 13. Last month, after Prince Charles and his sons visited Canada, Kemper, now married to a businessman, told a reporter the young princes were friends of hers, and that they had skied together.
January 21, 1986 |
Bruce Springsteen, who has a habit of dropping in unannounced at some of his old New Jersey haunts, did it again late Sunday night at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Springsteen and his E Street Band appeared with other groups at a benefit for 450 workers who will be on the street this spring after a 3M plant in Freehold closes. It was the E Street Band's first public performance since Oct. 10. When the 500 bar patrons realized who was taking the stage, they erupted into four minutes of hootin' and hollerin'.