Montclair NJ holds a lot of memories me. A childhood friend grew up there, so I know the town well. They converted an old movie theatre into a music venue called the Wellmont Theatre With a capacity of 2,600 it felt like the (now defunct) Roseland Theatre or Hammerstein Ballroom got airlifted and plopped into suburban NJ, plus some of the old-timey movie theatre flourishes.
The PrimeTime Shootout is a high school invitational tournament that started in 1976. Players that have appeared include LeBron James Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. Ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, I missed my fix of watching basketball in person.
One of my favorite things about discovering new bands is figuring out who their influences are. When I figure that out, it takes me back to the time when I was listening to those particular bands. These four bands had me mesmerized this year. I hope you appreciate them as much as I did.
Philadelphia’s music scene is one of the most vibrant in the country. Underneath the more higher profile acts War on Drugs and Kurt Vile in a scene in the truest sense of the word. Radiator Hospital play short low-fi power pop songs that run around two minutes. I spoke with frontman Sam Cook-Parrott about his influences, the Philly scene, and his views on the current state of the music industry.
America — meet Anthony Davis. With 11 more nationally televised games than last season, Brow has single-handedly propelled the New Orleans Pelicans to a total of 21 games (five on TNT, eight on ESPN, and another eight on NBA TV).
Jeopardy had a March Madness theme tonight, but only the NCAA Champs category had actual basketball questions.
I never felt I listened to enough new albums in a year to justify putting a best albums of the year list. It seems everyone writes one, including two my friends Eric and Kevin — both lists of which I’ve discovered a lot of new bands. I wasn’t a fan of either of theirs this year, and I let them know — so here’s my response, in no particular order.
Going to a Nets game in Brooklyn is not as easy as going to East Rutherford or Newark while living Hoboken. In their third year in Brooklyn, I’ve attended one Nets game, where I used to go to a dozen in the swamp.
The minimum age requirement to play in the NBA is 19. For the top high school basketball players in the country, this means being a one-and-done player, where Kentucky’s John Calipari has mastered the art of coaching players who only stay for their freshman year, specifically for the pros.
Adam Wade tells stories on NPR and on stage with The Moth. He is a 20 time winner of the MOTH Storyslam. He’s been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, the Village Voice. and spoke at a Ted Talk.
We had Adam over for dinner and my wife made him Moroccan lemon-olive chicken, which probably didn’t compete with his landlady’s meatballs.