Lost Songs from the NYTW Version of “RENT”

April 23, 2006 will mark the 10th year anniversary of “RENT” on Broadway–which makes me feel really old. In honor of that I dug out some really old tape bootlegs of the original New York Theater Workshop version of “RENT”, hooked them up to my new analog output adapter and made some crappy mp3 versions of some of the “lost” songs from the show. My original tape wasn’t of the highest quality, so neither are these mp3s, but if you are a fan of the show and you haven’t heard these before I’m sure you will get a kick out of ’em.

The song “Right Brain” has the same melody as “One Song Glory” but the lyrics aren’t nearly as developed. I think you’ll see why Jonathan Larson decided to do a re-write on them. Tony Hoylen plays Roger.

The other song I have is called “Over It.” It’s a duet between Mark and Maureen discussing their relationship but it seems as though it was cut out of the show in favor of “Tango Maureen” between Mark and Joanne. It’s a pretty funny song. You can hear original Broadway cast member Anthony Rapp as Mark and Sarah Knowlton as Maureen.

DOWNLOAD: “Right Brain” from the NYTW version of RENT

DOWNLOAD: “Over It” from the NYTW version of RENT

NOTE: These mp3s are strictly for promotional purposes. If you need me to take them off for some kind of legal reason, please contact me.

Catch more lame “RENT” stuff I wrote about here and here.

Pete Tong’s Advice for Apple, DJs, and the Music Industry

Check out this awesome interview with internationally known dance music DJ Pete Tong from Wired. He has some really interesting things to say about how technology is affecting the art of djing, how aspiring spinners can start gaining a following, and what Apple needs to do in order to keep folks like him feeling good about the company…among other things. Here are some highlights:

Be as entrepreneurial as you can; no one will do everything for you. There’s no better way I know to build a reputation as a DJ than to do your own thing, do something different, start your own night, get your own crowd. If you are getting 50 people to a bar on a Tuesday, people will check you out. Once you have a crowd, you have a scene, it’s human nature. Taste is the most important thing.”

“Things have changed so much. Bands can build an audience all by themselves. Market research has gone out the window, labels just follow the heat, really. They maximize artists who are already doing well. I think it’s really honest, actually. Almost everyone who arrives at a label’s door already has a story.”

“In terms of radio, podcasting‘s the most exciting development ever. For anyone with a niche or specialist reputation it’s manna from heaven… Podcasting is the next stage: You can grab it, download it to your iPod and subscribe to it. I just want to be in there to see where it takes us.”

Turning Japanese: 50 Kaitens Rock the LES

Imagine if the Ramones and the Beatles decided they were going to form one band. Now imagine if they only sang in Japanese. Are you with me? Because that’s the only way I can describe the 50 Kaitens.

I saw them last night at Pianos and I was left utterly speechless by what I saw. They had an out-of-control frenetic energy, jumping around the stage as if something was going to electrocute them if they stayed on the ground more than 5 seconds. It was unbelievable.

Decked out in matching teal blue blazers, white shrits, black ties, and skinny black pants, they could probably give The Hives a run for their money in the style department. They made the most ridiculous “rock god” poses throughout the show, but in combination with Rodney Dangerfield-esque bug-eye facial expressions.

I honestly do NOT remember what I heard, or what even happened during that performance–it’s all a blur. But what I can say is that it’s a sight to be seen. They are fantastic entertainers, a remarkably tight band, and hysterically funny.

You can catch them again at Pianos on Monday…if you dare to be rocked.

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More photos on Flickr.

Changes for the New Year

Pardon the site’s appearance but I just switched over from Blogger to WordPress. Still getting my bearings.

The good news is that there are some great new site features: You can now find a search function at the top of the site, and I’ve also imported over all of my posts since November 2001! (Yes, that includes the infamous “slash temp” posts.) That means over 3,360 posts for you to sift through. If you do the math, it comes out to an average of over 2 posts per day for the last 4 years. Yikes! Someone get me away from the keyboard.

Can you believe that I’ve been blogging on The Modern Age for over 4 years? Woah Nelly Furtado! Thank you to everyone who has read my site over the years. Hope I’m still entertaining you.

The Boys Are Back In Town: The Strokes at MSG Theater

Tonight the Strokes debuted a new song they just recorded. We don’t remember a single word from it, but Regina Spektor did backing vocals for it. Somewhere in a straw hut, Damon Albarn is pissing his pants.

Regina Spektor also feels the need to hug every Stroke as she walks onto the stage and off of the stage — like she never sees them… ever.

In the celeb-spotting, the usual suspects: Drew Barrymore, Ben Kweller, Liv Tyler, etc.

Oh yeah, and Stillwater… sorry, “Kings of Leon,” played.

The Crap We’re Banning This Week

Please, for the love of god, if you’ve got a penis, and you’ve got a new album out that will probably be played on the adult contemporary station, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD YOUR ELECTRIC GUITAR ON THE ALBUM COVER, nor are you allowed to use all caps. Some of the guilty parties in the last few months:

GUILTY!

GUILTY!

GUILTY!

Also, remember how annoyed we were by those freggin’ McDonald’s commercials? Here’s the Tony Hawk one. Go ahead, cry in the corner.

Being Old Is Easier Than It Looks

As we descend further and further into old-lady-hood, we’ve discovered we’d rather watch “Miss Match,” Cody Banks, “Endurance 2,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” and the Kylie “Fever” DVD during our weekend downtime rather than partaking in the CMJ festivities by seeing The Cooper Temple Clause at Irving Plaza, trying to hit on hot boys at the Etnies party, or doing some ’80s dance moves to Grace Jones at the Paper, A|X shindig. (We do the ’80s dance moves at home anyway.)

So you can imagine everyone’s shock and horror when we dared to venture outdoors to catch British Sea Power on Thursday night as part of the Rough Trade showcase at Bowery Ballroom. True, we did leave before the set was done to (unsuccessfully) catch The Thrills at Mercury Lounge, but we were outside… so the rumors are untrue. WE ARE NOT DEAD!

This Week’s Cool DVD – October 26, 2003

The long-awaited Directors Label DVDs are finally getting released on October 28 featuring discs of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Chris Cunningham. Now you can play this stuff over and over on your SONY Wega flat-screen TV while you try out your LEGO animation studio on the other side of your computer room. Geek.

In other great news, THE YANKEES LOST THE WORLD SERIES. Thank you.