22 October 2009

15 Minutes of Fame Update

The New York Times Magazine recently tried to figure out how the algorithm works that drives internet radio service Pandora. We here at TNOP are satisfied with the simple fact that it is pretty cool.

Historically one of the more vocal champions of hip-hop, Sasha Frere-Jones declares in the October 26 issue of The New Yorker that 2009 marks its demise as a musical genre, in no small part due to the pop leanings of Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3. No comment as of yet from Nas, who out-Nostradamused Frere-Jones back in 2006.

The photographic exhibition "Who Shot Rock & Roll" opens October 30 and runs through January 31 at the Brooklyn Museum.

Last weekend, TNOP had the pleasure of taking in the "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade" exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The focus is on the final years of the artist's work, but there is also a special presentation of its in-house Warhol collection as well as monitors continuously looping the famous screen tests of Lou Reed, Nico, Dennis Hopper and others who hung out at The Factory in the 1960s.

The Fader runs a feature on French rock band Phoenix. (We're still digging the album they put out this year, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.) And catch the group performing live on "Sound Opinions" this weekend.

The Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones power trio, awkwardly dubbed Them Crooked Vultures, have announced the track listing of their self-titled album to be released on November 16. They will also play a handful of dates in the UK in December.

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