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Chill Magazine

March 7, 2013 at 2:37 am

Listening to Sandra Bernhard’s CD release of her off-Broadway stage act “Everything Bad & Beautiful” is like being seated next to a table full of witty socialites at a crowded restaurant. You’re just sitting there doing your own thing, and you become swept up in a whirlwind of laughter. You find yourself wanting to be in their group instead of sitting there with your sad lasagna for one. Recorded over two nights at The Daryl Roth Theatre in New York City, Everything Bad & Beautiful contains a hearty handful of live comedy, song-stylings and political satire. Tackling subject matter such as Condoleeza Rice being a sell-out to Bernhard claiming responsibility for Mariah Carey’s nervous breakdown, there’s something for everyone—“Rosanne” fans and “L Word” worshipers alike.

Bernhard performs with such an on-point conversational tone that it really creates an atmosphere of friendly gossip rather than a theater performance. Her shining moments are when she gets caught up in the punch line and spits out sassy hits like a champ. Hearing her hiss that John Kerry is a “big headed, Ronald Regan look-alike motherfucker” just never stops being funny.

Having been nestled in domesticity with her long-time companion, Sara, and her daughter Cicely for many years now, Bernhard has not let her home life soften her sharp wit in the slightest. The most rip-roaring bit on the CD revolves around Bernhard discovering e-mail to exchange constant updates with her working girlfriend while stuck at home bored out of her mind, yet faking a busy schedule.

It feels good to laugh, and it is liberating to hear someone say things in a way you wish you could say them, to people you wish you could say them to. Bernhard isn’t afraid, and she’d be the perfect dinner date. (Kelly McClure)


Sandra Bernhard – Perfection – Featured on LOGO’s New Now Next

March 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm


Sandra Bernhard’s Everything Bad & Beautiful CD – All Music Guide Review

March 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

If hearingsandra-video Sandra Bernhard deliver a stately, theatrical version of Cheap Trick’s power ballad “The Flame” sounds absolutely delicious to you then there’s a lot to love about Everything Bad & Beautiful. If it sounds repulsive, then there’s nothing about this one-woman show soundtrack that’ll change your mind. The love her or hate her comedienne’s first full-length since 1998′s I’m Still Here…Damn It! is Sandra at her most Sandra.

LOURDS – 101.9 RXP – Erased

March 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm


LOURDS “Erased” featured on Matt Pinfield’s Local Licks on 101.9 RXP


March 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm



LOURDS is not only the name of the band, but also the name of their lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, Lourds Lane. She plays the violin, the fiddle and the mandolin, and she makes it rock with her bandmates. – Trish Bendix



Melba Moore – Book of Dreams Review – PINK MAGAZINE

March 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Likely most famed for her spiritual songs of soul, and for the monumental influence her 1990 recording of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” had on Congressional Record (ultimately denoting the song as the official African American National Hymn), fans of acclaimed R&B artist Melba Moore may be unaware that this diva of divinity also does disco.

Moore’s soon-to-be-released “Book of Dreams” EP is a dance album featuring three remixes and one instrumental. The title track, written by Pat Maiorino and Andy Sarnoff–who penned two songs for Nancy Wilson and Branford Marsalis’ Grammy nominated Forbidden Lover—is an emotional ballad about overcoming odds scored against dance-floor funk; two topical themes to which LGBTs are apt to get.

And in that regard, gays can get it 9 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at NYC’s uber-trendy Splash Bar in Chelsea, where Moore will be performing in a fundraising effort to benefit the nonprofit LGBT youth service organization, Our Youth.

Incidentally, Breaking Records Music, the independent label releasing Book of Dreams’ hard copy edition, is gay-owned and operated too.

By Jason P Freeman

Melba Moore – Book of Dreams Review – The New Yorker Magazine

March 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

NY YORKER REVIEW melba moore

Melba Moore is a New York City girl, Harlem-born. At first, she thought she’d be a music teacher, but in 1967 she landed a chorus spot in that interesting cultural moment known as “Hair.” (She later replaced her cast mate Diane Keaton in the pivotal role of Sheila.) Moore was a standout from the beginning. With her liquid, Keane-like eyes and her Merman-strong, spunky voice, she became, shortly after winning a Tony, in 1970, for her role in “Purlie,” America’s first black sweetheart—and this during the Vietnam War. She did it by projecting her need to lift you past whatever glum thoughts or feelings you might be having. Moore has survived disco, dodgy business and personal relationships, and Oprah’s acknowledgment that “Peach Melba,” as she titled one album, is indeed a legend. And, like most legends, Moore has found another niche to pour herself into—gospel. Her latest solo record, “Book of Dreams,” is a perfect blend of the secular and Moore’s alternately big and intimate sound, which has always been about faith’s long-standing power anyway. ♦ – HILTON ALS

Demolition String Band – THIRD COAST MUSIC Review – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

“Normally, the words “string band” imbue me with nameless dread but while Elena Skye and Boo Reiner’s did start out playing bluegrass, the cover of the group’s second album alone tells you they drifted away — into a blend of bluegrass, real and alt country, country rock, and rock and roll that they call “hardcorn grindgrass fullbarn stompdown twangadelix.” While there’s no such obvious attention grabber as their their countrified version of Madonna’s Like A Prayer, their fourth album is a major step up from Pulling Up Atlantis (Okra-Tone, 2001). Reiners has always been a stupendous guitarist, showcased here on his original instrumental Boonanza and the multiple overdubs of Wisteria but Skye, who wrote or co-wrote ten of the thirteen tracks, sings eleven of them (Reiners gets her Thinkin’ Bout Drinkin’) and plays mandolin, has really blossomed in all three roles, positively radiating confidence and maturity on an album that pulses with energy.
If you didn’t read the credits you might well think that the ten tracks cut at a Mebane, NC studio owned by Southern Culture On The Skids’ Rick Miller (SCOTS’ Mary Huff sngs harmonies on I Wanna Wear White) were actually live recordings. The other three were cut at Eric Ambel’s Brooklyn studio…from Who Taught You to Drinkin Whisky there’s nothing even close to a dud track, though, if you get a copy of the first jewel case pressing, 10 is Ola Belle Reed’s Undone In Sorrow, 11 Thank You Claudia rather than the other way around as listed. I don’t know if that makes it a collectors item, but its well worth having, with or without the error!” – John Conquest

Demolition String Band – LUCID CULTURE REVIEW – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

t’s been a few years since Demolition String Band’s fantastic last cd, Where the Wild Wild Flowers Grow and it was worth the wait. This album manages to capture the explosive energy of their live show. In general, it’s more rock-oriented than their other stuff. Frontwoman Elena Skye has been a songwriting tear, and she hits a lot of highs here. The country influence is still in full effect, both in Skye’s mandolin work and Telecaster monster Boo Reiners’ spectacular bluegrass-inflected playing, but even the slower numbers here blaze with the twangy fire they bring to the stage. Considering the direction country radio has taken since the turn of the century, they couldn’t have released this album at a better time.

The cd opens with their big crowd-pleaser Who Taught You, with its catchy chorus of “hurt so bad.” The second track, the powerful, minor-key, midtempo backbeat-driven Your Wish may be the single best song on the album, a feast of guitar and mandolin textures. Wisteria is the obvious hit single, with its gorgeous intro and rolling, clanging, multitracked guitars (there must be about six of them on this tune), sounding like a Laura Cantrell rock song. It’s urban Americana at its best: “Wisteria on the hills of Jersey City.” After that, Baby Come Home is a traditional country song, but far more lushly arranged than your typical Nashville commercial fare, with mandolin and electric over a bed of acoustic guitars. Real Good Mama, dedicated to Skye’s daughter, is an optimistic number driven by incisive, heartfelt Reiners fingerpicking. They also do a surprisingly scorching, guitar-fueled version of the Ola Belle Reed classic Undone in Sorrow (an acoustic version of which appears on Where the Wild Wild Flowers Grow). After a sizzling Reiners electric bluegrass instrumental, the cd winds up with the boisterous Drinkin’ Whiskey, which will no doubt be useful to connoisseurs looking to differentiate between “your sellin’, and your drinkin’ whiskey.”

The rhythm section of Winston Roye on bass and the ubiquitous Phil Cimino on drums swings like crazy. Reiners’ Telecaster work is smart, effortlessly virtuosic, and hits the mark every time, imbued with a wit that runs the gamut from very subtle to completely off-the-charts funny. Skye’s vocals are raw, direct and potently real: she doesn’t try to fake a Bible Belt accent like the amber waves of gruesomely affected trendoids who’ve grown weary of imitating Sonic Youth and picked up their acoustic guitars.

Memo to college radio program directors: get your hands on this and spin Thinking About Drinking til you’re sick of all the audience requests. Memo to frathouse social directors: get your hands on this and put it on about 2 AM on a Friday night if you really want to keep the party rolling. Memo to the rest of the college population: if you have the means and the energy to do the Spring Break thing, leave the Jimmy Buffett, the Kenny and the Dave Matthews at home and bring this instead. It’s early in the year, but this album will definitely be on a lot of Best Of lists: watch this space about a year from now. Four bagels with a pitcher of strong bloody marys. What a great way to kick off the new year.

Demolition String Band – POP MATTERS – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

POP MATTERS: “Hailing from New Jersey, Demolition String Band infuse their fourth record with enough spirit, swagger and country swing to make you swear they’ve lived a thousand lifetimes in the heart of the Bible Belt. The band’s exuberance and style is personified by vocalist Elena Skye, whose sound resembles folk rock empresses of the late 60s. Her bandmates weave the soul of the 60s into their country/bluegrass hybrid. When at their best, the group seems to add something new to the stylistic world they inhabit (tracks like Wisteria, Baby Come Home and the instrumental Boonanza).” –

Aarik Danielsen