Nick DiPaolo: "I'd Like to See More People Cutting Loose and Taking Risks"

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For more than 25 years, Nick DiPaolo has battled it out in the comedy trenches alongside peers Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The Boston native has also waged a few personal wars of his own--mainly those against political correctness and complacency. Headlining Caroline's on Broadway Friday through Sunday (4/4 - 4/6), DiPaolo may miss the days of endless road gigs and creative risk-taking, but he remains optimistic that open, authentic dialogue will always be welcome on the stand-up stage.

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Johnny Cash Wrote a Novel, and Other Outtakes From Our Interview With His Son

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In this week's music feature, we spoke with John Carter Cash about Out Among The Stars, the record he found stashed away in the Cash family vault long after his father Johnny had laid its songs to tape. Cash went into detail about the circumstances surrounding Out Among The Stars--namely, his father's returning dependency on amphetamines and a resulting trip to the Betty Ford Clinic in the middle of the record's creation--and how he came to find the record Columbia shelved nearly 30 years after it was originally conceived.

Below are a selection of Cash's stories that didn't make it to print regarding Out Among The Stars and its new-found place in the Cash canon.

See also: John Carter Cash Discovers a Lost Johnny Cash Album


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People Feel Very Cozy Inside Amy Schumer

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By Julie Seabaugh

Between releasing stand-up special Mostly Sex Stuff on DVD and blu-ray, debuting the first 10 episodes of sketch/stand-up/interview series Inside Amy Schumer and announcing a 33-date national theater tour, native New Yorker Amy Schumer had one helluva 2013. There was also the matter of Judd Apatow agreeing to executive produce and direct her script for feature film Trainwreck, in which Schumer will also star. Calling from L.A., where she's up to her neck in pre-production, the 32-year-old proved poised to have an even bigger 2014.

While the film won't begin shooting until mid-May, the second season of Inside kicks off Tuesday, April 1, and features comedic guest stars including Janeane Garofalo, Reggie Watts, Michael Ian Black, Patrick Warburton, Jon Dore, and Mike Birbiglia.

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Gary Numan Once Had a Job So Terrible It Nearly Killed Him

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Sadly, many people may only know Gary Numan for "Cars," his surprising, off-the-wall hit from 1979. Yet Numan's four decade long career belies any classification as a one-hit wonder. Indeed, some of Numan's best music came immediately before and after he made "Cars." Taken together, Numan's catalog makes him one of the most influential figures in electronic music.

Speaking via email while on tour in Europe and in anticipation of performing at Webster Hall Saturday, Numan spoke to us about almost dying while doing the worst job he ever had and the amazing continued popularity of "Cars."

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Have Already Made the Rap Album of the Year

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Earlier this week, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib conspired to release the rap album of the year. Titled Pinata (or Cocaine Pinata to give the project its full and un-chain-store-friendly moniker), it's a 17-track listen that's shot through with the steely feel of a future classic. It's also a project that contains the song "Real," an all out verbal assault on Freddie's ex-label boss Young Jeezy that has already got the blogs buzzing over its incendiary content.

So before hip-hop's new favorite duo gear-up to bring the Pinata experience to the Gramercy Theatre this coming Saturday evening, we called up Gangsta Gibbs to talk about how Madlib made him a better rapper, the nuances of the track "Real," and just exactly what his own flagrant take on the ancient art of karaoke is.

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The Men Create Tomorrow's Hits

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Former Voice cover kids and 4Knots Festival performers the Men are back with yet another album, Tomorrow's Hits, which came out yesterday and is a massive sounding piece the band recorded even before their two most recent releases, last year's New Moon and Campfire Songs, were available for fans. With amped-up production and the addition of a wonderful horns section, they are happy to live in the moment rather than tomorrow.

Singer and guitarist Mark Perro chatted with us over the phone in time for the Men's Bowery Ballroom concert about the new album, their down time, and why they've always been fearless when approaching a poppier sound. They play Bowery Ballroom tonight -- tickets are still available.

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My Goodness Prepares for Their "First Real New York Show"

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My Goodness is yet another slice of hard rock, ahem, goodness to come out of the Pacific Northwest. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, and the duo--comprised of Joel Schneider (guitar/vocals) and Andy Lum (drums)--are awash in soulful rock vibes, especially on their new album Shiver and Shake, due out this June.

Halfway through their first national tour, a 30-date stint as openers for Augustines, Joel took some time out while they were in Virginia to talk about their origins, the new music, and what New York audiences can expect from their "first real New York show."

My Goodness opens for Augustines at Bowery Ballroom tonight, 3/3, at 9:00 p.m.

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Singer-Songwriter Zachary Cale Refuses to Back Down

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Zachary Cale hails from Louisiana and speaks softly with a faint twang. A self described "a pale elfin dude with dark hair, likely wearing cowboy boots," his fourth release, Blue Rider, dropped last year, stunning folks with his twist on Americana and masterful finger-picking guitar style. As we sat at Ontario Bar, he absentmindedly tapped three acrylic nails on his pint, shyly talking about perseverance, sofas and why living outside of New York just isn't appealing.

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Todd Terry Returns to His Freestyle Roots

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Though best known for his house and hip-hop productions, Brooklyn's Todd Terry caught his break producing freestyle records like Giggles's "Love Letter" and Fascination's "Why You Wanna Go." Late last year, he returned with Freestyle Forever, a new LP of original songs, and in anticipation of Saturday's unrelated Freestyle Forever concert at Lehman College, we talked to Todd about clubbing in the '80s, breaking into production, and what makes freestyle so fun make.

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Stephen Malkmus: "Being in a Band Is More Fun Than Being a Writer"

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As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothered by any expectations for Pavement 2.0, and his six albums with the Jicks are relaxed, playful affairs filled with guitar and lyrical heroism.

Before Malkmus's stop at Bowery Ballroom (Feb. 26) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (Feb. 27) we caught up with him during his lunch at a European tour stop in Copenhagen. The conversation detailed the Belgian recording sessions for his new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, how his approach to his lyrics has evolved, the Pavement reunion tour, and life on the range

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