3 items from 2011
We’re wearing our sweaters and Buddy Holly glasses in mourning today as we report the news that former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh is has passed away at the age of 40. His body was found yesterday morning in a Chicago hotel room, and although no cause of death has been determined, police suspect it was a drug over dose. Making a tragic case even sadder, the musician publicly predicted his own death in a September 26th Twitter post. “Dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep),” he wrote. “Need to write my will today.” Then Welsh quickly added: “correction – the weekend after next.”
Welsh joined Weezer in 1998 and played on the group’s landmark “Green Album” in 2001, which featured their hits “Island in the Sun” (the first guitar solo we ever learned) and “Hashpipe.” But he then parted ways with the band soon after following a series of nervous breakdown. »
- Jordan Runtagh
Last year, a friend who I hadn't seen in some time sent me a barrage of texts throughout an afternoon asking me to have a drink with him that night. He had some pals playing some covers that evening at a local muscle-shirt/short-skirts bar, and he didn't wanted to be the stranded bro pretending to listen to '90s radio hits he didn't really care to hear. I obliged, and I've always been glad I did: I didn't really love the atmosphere or the band, but watching them run through a well-rehearsed decoupage of hits from my teenage years was revealing. In the eyes of that band and the gaggle of casual listeners who drunkenly shouted along to each chorus, Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" and Eve 6's "Inside Out" sat alongside Weezer's "Undone--Sweater Song" and Radiohead's "Creep" just fine. For alternative rock, those songs could barely »
- Grayson Currin
Last Friday, Susanne Rostock’s “Sing Your Song” (HBO, date Tba, no trailer yet), an authorized documentary about the life of actor/singer/activist Harry Belafonte which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO later this year, was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation following its screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Belafonte, who is now 84 and walks with a cane, made his way along the red carpet press line, sat through the film, and then participated in a Q&A with Tavis Smiley after it ended.
Rostock’s film — the idea of which was strongly promoted by Belafonte’s daughter, who felt that her father’s memories needed to be chronicled, and who is credited as a producer on the film — is largely narrated by Belafonte himself.
It takes you from the tenement in which he was raised in Harlem, »
- Scott Feinberg
3 items from 2011
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