We had another music listening party back in March. It’s taken me six months to finally post it. Better late than never. We’ve got 91.1 WBOR Maine DJ Eric Funderburke, Kathleen Funderburke, Kevin Moore, New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich, Michael Yong, Brian Horne, Christine Berardi, Nathan Sinclair, Scott Berardi, and myself. (note: Spotify playlist is incomplete due to limited availability)
Maxwell’s will be closing at the end of July. Ever since moving to Hoboken in 2000, I’ve seen some great shows there including The National, Yo La Tengo, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I caught up with co-owner/booker Todd Abramson on some experiences with bands such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Did you enjoy March Madness? There’s actually another basketball tournament that involves only 16 teams with much better players. On top of that, some of the guys you rooted for when they were in college are in this one too!
If you’re an NCAA, casual NBA fan, or somewhere in between, I present to you a handy-dandy guide of what teams and players to watch for.
(Throughout March Madness, I’ll be attempting to cover other college alumni. I’ll take requests, but won’t necessarily grant them.)
Jim Boeheim is one of college basketball’s finest coaches, and Syracuse has a renowned basketball program. Other than Carmelo Anthony though, SU churns out below average NBA players. I’m guessing this has something to do with Boeheim’s zone defense, which is only used sparingly in the NBA to throw an opponent off.
All-Star Weekend is getting old. Here’s a surefire way to increase interest among the casual fan. Take the best parts of college basketball and implement it in to the NBA All-Star game.
Have a 16 team tournament on college alumni or continental origin, March Madness style.
Kevin Moore has been compiling a favorite 20 album list since 2009. He was inspired by Eric Funderburk.
He compiles a list at the beginning of the year and crosses them out until he reaches 20. That list then gets ranked in order of preference.
“It is part of the grassroots sharing of music. I actually prefer finding out music by this method as opposed to blogs, magazines or websites. Sharing music with a fellow music lover who shares similar interests is such a rewarding experience. That is why I continue to make my favorite list each year as well as listening to other friends’ music lists too.”
(Contributed by music writer Eric Funderburk)
A year’s end “Best of List” has been a very personal and enduring process that has expanded nearly two decades in my life. It’s been an annual extravaganza since 1993 (except for 1999 for some reason), all documented to some extent.
30 Rocks’ Tina Fey and Parks and Recreations’ Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes this Sunday. I was fortunate enough to witness both of them perform multiple times in a 75 seat black box theater in Chelsea ten years ago.