On any given day, the most popular post here is virtually always the constantly updated, monthly NYC Live Music Calendar. Some other very popular pages are the Best Albums of 2015 and Best Songs of 2015 pages along with ones from previews years, 2014, 2013 and 2012 included. Otherwise, this regularly updated list probably says more about the people who frequent this site than it does about the site itself. Everybody seems to like the sad stuff: three of the alltime most popular pieces here are an announcement that beloved East Village music venue Lakeside Lounge would be closing, along with obituaries for well-loved powerpop singer Michal the Girl and Dimestore Dance Band violist Dylan Willemsa.
Otherwise, these are the ten most popular reviews since New York Music Daily went live in August of 2011:
1. Ian Anderson at the Beacon Theatre, 10/11/13
The NYC live debut of Jethro Tull’s Thick As a Brick album was surprisingly good – and went viral.
2. SOJA – Strength to Survive album review
The roots reggae band got the thumbs up here but not all their fans agreed – and it went viral.
3.Niyaz – Sumud album review
The hauntingly atmospheric Canadian-Iranian folk/art-rock band at their darkest and most evocative.
4. Charles Coleman’s Draculette at Merkin Concert Hall, 10/4/14
This is what happens when you make an exception to a rule. Right on the “about” page here, it says that this blog doesn’t cover opera, ever. Coleman’s lurid piece of grand guignol more than validated the decision to go off script and take the chance that it might be good.
5. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Audience Interspersed Within the Orchestra, 2/6/16
Conductor David Bernard turned a seemingly crazy idea into a genuine revelation, and everybody agreed
6. Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil album review
Her crowd loves her – and the album is solid. That you can get it for free doesn’t hurt.
7. Mark Orton – Nebraska soundtrack album review
The Tin Hat guitarist’s elegantly haunting Great Plains gothic score to the popular 2013 road movie.
8. Lucinda Williams in Prospect Park, 6/25/15
The iconic Americana songstress was in very high spirits for a haphazardly entertaining show with her fantastic band.
9. Good English’s Second Album
In hindsight, giving the thumbs-up to the Ohio sisters’ garage rock band was a mistake. Prior to the 2016 album’s release, drummer Leslie Rasmussen had written a letter of support on behalf of the Stamford Rapist to the sentencing judge in the trial. It apparently worked, because the convict, Brock Turner, was given an insanely lenient six-month slap on the wrist for the crime. At the moment the album review was published here, Rasmussen’s letter became public, resulting in a global backlash. This blog deservedly took a lot of flak for endorsing the band. Had Rasmussen’s support of a convicted rapist been known at the time, the article never would have run.
10. Rob Teter at Zirzamin, 7/12/12
The former leader of Austin gypsy-rockers the Belleville Outfit with a monster pickup band featuring up-and-coming lead guitar powerhouse Ward Gardner.