Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop-music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius.
Mr. Frere-Jones, 47, said that he chose to leave The New Yorker after 11 years for a variety of reasons. He originally became a critic, he said, because he was frustrated that so many of those who wrote about music were ignorant of its nuances. Geniusís tool addresses that, he said, but unlike crowd-sourced information on Twitter or Facebook, which is rapidly superseded, Geniusís snippets remain easily visible forever.
The tracklisting for Counting Crows' upcoming live album, New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003, which is in stores June 20th through Geffen Records is below. The CD features a never-before-released song titled "Hazy."
Lewis Black (of SNL, Daily Show, and HBO fame) is releasing his third CD on April 25th! It's called Lewis Black - The Carnegie Hall Performance. If you haven't had a chance to listen to Lewis's material, consider this a formal welcome to this madman. If you are familiar with him, I'm sure you're pretty excited!