News & Views

Lily Allen, Bob Dylan, Obama’s inauguration stream and vacuum tubes for higher fidelity in News. Leonard Cohen, Grace Jones, The Killers, Poncho Sanchez, New Kids On The Block and Bill Cosby in Views.

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News …

Did you watch yesterday’s presidential inauguration on your computer? Then you’re partly responsible for a new Internet record – The New York Times

When vinyl isn’t enough, there’s always vacuum tubes – The Peterborough Examiner

Lily Allen says she’s not making enough money from her hits. We wish we could sympathize, but we don’t own our own beachMetro U.K.

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Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, Texas.

German distributor told to stop selling Bob Dylan CDs – MSNBC / Reuters

Views …

Leonard Cohen in New Zealand – “It is hard work having to put this concert in to words so I’ll just say something I have never said in a review before and will never say again: this was the best show I have ever seen.” – The Dominion Post /

Grace Jones in Birmingham, England – “Arriving on stage from the ceiling, posing arms aloft in a box that looked like a rollercoaster car, Jones delivered a slowed-down, ska beat-backed Nightclubbing like a despot addressing her disciples.” – The Times Online U.K.

The Killers in the Twin Cities – “Frontman Brandon Flowers, 27, proved he is one of the most charismatic rock stars to emerge in the ’00s. At Northrop, he had the right combination of suave swagger and this-is-awfully-important urgency.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

Poncho Sanchez in Salt Lake City – “He transitioned smoothly between rhythms and moods, keeping coherence but allowing plenty of exploration.” – Deseret News

New Kids On The Block in Belfast – “New Kids had the standard set-up for a boy band.” – Belfast Newsletter U.K.

Bill Cosby in Flint, Michigan – “His unique ability to speak of common, everyday events and ideas and mold them into outrageously funny moments was on broad display.” – The Flint Journal /

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Snooks Eaglin is 73
Placido Domingo is 68
Richie Havens is 68
Mac Davis is 67
Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 62
Billy Ocean is 59
Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 39
Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) is 39
Cat Power is 37

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50th Grammy Celebration Concert Tour, Vic Theatre, Chicago.

Chris Kilmore (Incubus) is 36
Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) is 33
Phil Stacey is 31
Nokio (Dru Hill) is 30