Jay Bennett

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    March 18, 2013

    Phoenix New Times Needs a New Music Editor

    Dear readers, let's get this out of the way: In nearly every possible way, being the music editor of the Phoenix New Times/Up on the Sun has been my dream job. No joke: I've chatted with Brian Wilson (it was a terrible conversation, and my chat with Al Jardine was much better, but still); I had the ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    The Pazz & Jop 2012 Critic's Poll Is Live

    Our sister paper, the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop music critic's poll is live, and the results are in: Frank Ocean's neo-neo-soul record channel ORANGE is the album of the year, and Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious (and impossible to escape) "Call Me Maybe" is the single of the year. This yea ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Pazz and Jop Poll Critics' Poll 2012

    The Village Voice's 39th annual Pazz and Jop critics' poll is live. Drawing from some 700 ballots, tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l topped the favorite albums list, and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" topped the singles list. Those looking for familiar New Times bylines in the individual ballots will not ... More >>

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    May 22, 2011

    New Times' Writers, Designers and Photographers Win Honors from Arizona Press Club

    Phoenix New Times walked away with nine first place awards Saturday night at the state Press Club's 2010 Best Journalism in Arizona contest -- including for the paper's comprehensive immigration series, "Amongst U.S."The newspaper received more than 30 awards for work during 2010.Sarah Fenske, ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Sharon Van Etten on Meeting Musicians in Bars, Dating Guys in Bands, and Going Platinum

    Chantal Anderson​Indie music's new sweetheart Sharon Van Etten is making a big splash in the music scene. She's been touring around the country endlessly, making awesome stops including this great performance she did for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Plus she's been playing gigs intern ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 10, 2010

    Gay Blades - Try To Understand

    ​ Song: Gay Blades, "Try To Understand" Context: The Gay Blades play Rogue Bar in Scottsdale Saturday night. Their new record, Savages, is excellent even if Jay Bennett liked it barely better than Kanye. The Gay Blades - Try To Understand by Alexandre Diogo

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    December 10, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Helmet, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Charlatans, Small Black, and more

    ​It's amazing how much music is released in a year. I've listened to nearly 270 records in their entirety this year, yet I still have a huge stack of unlistened CDs on my desk, several unlistened digital downloads in my iTunes, and a lengthy list of high-profile stuff I never got a chance to h ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    OFF!: First Four EPs

    ​Artist: OFF! Title: First Four EPs Release date: November 23 Label: Vice Records In 2010, few things seem more ridiculous than a punk supergroup anchored by two guys who made their most indelible marks on American punk rock nearly 30 years ago. But, damn, OFF! pulled off an unlikely feat, ma ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Is It Nile Theatre or Nile Theater? Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

    ​Is that venue in Mesa called Nile Theatre or Nile Theater?This is actually a confusing question. The venue's URL is TheatRE. But the big logo on their homepage is TheatER. Most of the fliers for shows at the venue are TheatER. However, the listings on the site say TheatRE. The venue's facebook is ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    The 88: The 88

    ​Artist: The 88Title: The 88 Release date: September 28 Label: Rocket ScienceWhat do you do if you're a band like The 88? You're top-flight songwriters and musicians, you get your songs placed in all kinds of big-name TV shows and high-profile TV commercials, you tour the country opening ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Warpaint: The Fool

    ​Artist: Warpaint Title: The Fool Release date: October 25 Label: Rough Trade The musical path taken by L.A. foursome Warpaint is well trodden -- but this kind of ultra-moody, sort of experimental, Joy Division-indebted music is usually plied by men. But Warpaint is a quartet of women, and in ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Screaming Females: Castle Talk

    ​Artist: Screaming Females Title: Castle Talk Release date: September 14 Label: Don Giovanni Back in the day, I'd hate to miss a good show (I'm still not happy that my parents wouldn't let me drive to Kalamazoo one Monday night to see Scratch Acid and Big Black play, ditto the time I couldn't ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Jimmy Eat World's Invented Hits Number 11 on Billboard Chart

    ​Internationally successful multi-platinum recording artists Local band Jimmy Eat World just missed a top ten hit on Billboard's album chart with their new record, Invented, which debuted at number 11 this week. Jimmy Eat World has toured the world for nearly 20 years and is signed to DGC/Intersc ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, "Dark Night of the Soul"

    Song: Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, "Dark Night of the Soul" (featuring David Lynch) Context: It may have only gotten a B from Jay Bennett, but Danger Mouse's long-awaited collaboration with the late Mark Linkous gets an A in my book. It's a well-crafted and multifaceted album filled with ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Authority Zero: Stories of Survival

    ​Artist: Authority ZeroTitle: Stories of SurvivalRelease date: June 22Label: Suburban NoizeI have a friend who's a native Phoenician and longtime fixture in the Valley punk scene, both as fan and musician. He loves West Coast punk, thinks Southern California spawned the best of the best punk, espe ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Half of 2010

    Dum Dum Girls​Today marks the halfway point of Nothing Not New. That means I've listen to nearly 140 records in their entirety in the first six months of 2010. Just another 140 or so to go before I can retreat to the familiarity of my record collection.To recognize the occasion, the Up on the Sun ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Foals: Total Life Forever

    ​Artist: FoalsTitle: Total Life ForeverRelease date: June 22Label: Sub PopThough I disagree with a commenter on one of my posts this week (Shawn from excellent local music blog Electric Mustache) about the merits of electro-punk Sleigh Bells, I agree with him that S.B. are a band that you either l ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Devo, "Freedom of Choice" (Josh Patrick Remix)

    ​Song: Devo, "Freedom of Choice" (Josh Patrick Remix)Context: Jay Bennett's review of the new Devo record has me excited to hear it. Devo - Freedom Of Choice (Josh Patrick Remix) by YAMAMA

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    June 14, 2010

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo

    ​Artist: Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersTitle: MojoRelease date: June 15Label: RepriseHow many of you have acts that you'd never call yourself a fan of, would never buy one of their records, or pay money to see in concert, yet recognize that the acts have been around for so long and written songs ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Twittenemies and Online Nemeses, New Record Releases, and More in This Week's Issue

    Elycia Marie: Martin Cizmar's internet nemesis.​This week's music feature is an explanation of the strange series of events that made Elycia Marie, the girlfriend of Malcolm in the Middle child star Frankie Muniz, who plays drums for a Phoenix band, the Twitter nemesis of music editor Martin Cizma ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: CocoRosie, Natalie Merchant, Disco Biscuits, The Sadies, Small Black, and more

    ​It's been a pretty big past two weeks for indie rock: Hold Steady, New Pornographers, Flying Lotus, The National, The Dead Weather. That's a lot of heavy-hitters. Meanwhile, some lower-profile stuff has been piling up on my desk, so it's time to give you a rundown of the other stuff I've been lis ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

    ​Artist: Flying LotusTitle: CosmogrammaRelease date: May 3Label: Warp RecordsA while back, a reader posted a comment on one of my Nothing Not New posts asking why I continued to listen to electronic/laptop music even though I don't care for it all that much.Well, first of all, in the spirit of the ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Top 10 Rock Documentaries: Anvil, Nirvana, Daniel Johnston, Wilco, and More (With Video!)

    Anvil​This Friday the summer movie blockbuster season kicks into full swing with the release of Iron Man 2. Yes, there will be plenty of explosions, CGI special effects, sequels and remakes to last eager movie goers for the next few months.But just in case you want to skip the long lines, expensi ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    AZ Kaos on Aesthetic Atrophy: "It's Bullshit"

    ​The latest issue of AZ Kaos has an interesting dissection of my theory on Aesthetic Atrophy which is worth sharing.In case you missed it, "Aesthetic atrophy is the diminished capacity to appreciate new or unfamiliar music or other sensory stimuli. It is typically accompanied by the sufferer's ret ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Tempe

    ​Though spring break may be fast approaching, college kids are still buying up the latest and greatest at Zia Records in Tempe. Though indie rock typically makes up most of the top ten album sales at this location, there are a few unexpected records that made the cut this week.While Joanna Newsom ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Surfer Blood To Play Trunk Space

    Florida's Surfer Blood will play Trunk Space after their much-anticipated SXSW showcase​2010 has been kind to West Palm Beach indie upstarts Surfer Blood. Their debut LP, Astro Coast, has found massive critical acclaim -- even from "Nothing Not New's" Jay Bennett -- helping make a name for the Flo ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Beach House: Teen Dream, in "Nothing Not New"

    Welcome to "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert re ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Vampire Weekend Coming to Marquee

    ​ Everyone's favorite band of early 2008, Vampire Weekend, will play the the Marquee on April 13. As I said when the band last played here, for what ended up being "Take Your Kids to a Concert" night in September 2008, their new record is make-or-break for the once hotly tipped act.That new record ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    February 6, 2009

    What's On Tap for Tonight's First Friday

    Our favorite Friday of the month is upon us: First Friday. As usual, both Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue will be packed with plenty of culture lovers and thrillseeking urbanites during the monthly art walk. And as always, we've assembled a list that details what the various galleries, restaurants, ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 18, 2008

    Budget Beat: Maizie's Cafe & Bistro

    The Veggie Garden: Love the hand-cut fries.There's a relatively new bistro on Central that I hadn't heard of until Monday morning. That night, as I was researching watering holes along the light-rail system, I coincidentally stumbled upon Maizie's Cafe & Bistro. This charming little place just n ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    AC/DC Delivers The Hits at U.S. Airways Center

    You may be wondering: Can a shirtless guy in his mid-50s who dresses in purple velour shorts still rock like he did in 1979? I know I asked myself the same question before AC/DC took the stage Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center. But now I'm done doubting my aging heroes. Like other dinosaurs I ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Budget Beat: Harvey's -- The Wineburger King

    I didn't plan my Thanksgiving very well. The missus and I were due at the palatial Scottsdale estate of a distant cousin at 4, but it was 1 and we were starving and had no food in the house. We'd been foraging for an open restaurant in central Phoenix for about an hour before the lightbulb went off ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Budget Beat: McCormick & Schmick's

    McCormick & Schmick's chipotle-potato taquitos: Cheap and addictive. By Jay Bennett At first glance, the two parts of the headline on this blog post may appear to contradict each other. What, you may be asking, does eating on the cheap have to do with a chain of upscale seafood restaurants found i ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    Concert Review: Nick Lowe

    By Jay Bennett "As I walk through / This wicked world / Searching for light in the darkness of insanity." Knowing I'd soon hear those lyrics being sung by Nick Lowe buoyed me Tuesday night as I sat watching a 90-minute performance staged by two politician ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Budget Beat: Lil' Mama's Soul Café

    By Jay Bennett I can never eat a "regular" pancake again after trying a few bites of the sweet potato pancakes at Lil' Mama's Soul Cafe, a little storefront eatery on Seventh Avenue halfway between Indian School and Camelback roads. The missus and I ducked into this unassuming little strip-mall jo ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Budget Beat: Eliana's Authentic Salvadoran Cuisine

    By Jay Bennett I'd been curious about trying Eliana's Authentic Salvadoran Cuisine ever the since the first time I drove by the place on 24th Street just north of McDowell. I love Mexican food and assumed that the food of El Salvador would be just as good. Of course, El Salvador is situated nowher ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008
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    July 11, 2008

    This Weekend: Unlimited Enthusiam, Ukulele Ray and the KoKonutz and Frida Kahlo's 101st Birthday

    By Jonathan McNamara Friday: Ukulele Ray and the KoKonutz We're unsure how much faith you can put in anything a parody artist says, but if myspace is to be believed, Ukulele Ray is capable of imitating a "cast of thousands." Come take a gander at the man who dresses like Captain Morgan and wails on ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    Budget Beat: Downtown Phoenix Public Market

    By Jay Bennett On Saturday mornings, I like to head downtown to what is casually referred to as the farmers market, at Second and McKinley streets. It's really called the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, a more suitable name than "farmers market" because, in my opinion, it's way short on farmers and ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Budget Beat: El Taco Tote

    By Jay Bennett A faithful Budget Beat reader recently steered me toward a place I’d never heard of called El Taco Tote. Like just about every living being, I love Mexican food, so I was excited about this discovery on Phoenix’s west side, on Camelback Road near 35th Avenue. Expecting a hole-i ... More >>

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    August 15, 2002

    That '80s Sound

    With help from Wilco and the Gin Blossoms, Tommy Keene chases down the sound he was after 20 years ago

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