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Long before I moved to New York 7 years ago, I would always try and get my hands on a copy of the Village Voice, the legendary weekly paper detailing the must see activities in New York. Once I arrived in Manhattan, the Voice became my Bible for finding out what is happening in the city. If there was one part of the Voice that I never missed reading, it was Michael Musto’s “La Dolce Musto” column, which was filled with juicy celebrity gossip and entertainment reviews. The things Musto wrote about were not just second hand accounts. Instead, he wrote about his experiences and as he’s been at the Village Voice since 1984, Musto has truly seen and done it all. He and his column have been a great source of inspiration for me as an impetus for trying to experience as much as possible in a city where life changing events are around every corner.
Yesterday, the Village Voice laid off Michael Musto. Obviously, this is a sad sign of the times that has affected every industry because nowadays it’s all about the bottom line. It doesn’t make the news any easier to swallow and thankfully, Musto’s legions of fans have taken to their social media circles to protest this injustice. Michael Musto is an extremely talented writer who will surely land on his feet and hopefully at some place even better than he was before, but as the voice of the New York entertainment scene for 28 years, it seems like our greatest champion has been prematurely silenced.
I guess this is a case of “when one door closes, another one opens” and I look forward to seeing what new opportunities arise for Michael Musto. For so many of us, the Village Voice will now be the Village Void without the humor and wit that Musto provided us weekly.
Good luck to Michael Musto and please voice your discontent to the powers that be at the Village Voice at this link.
This story is far from over…
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In a statement on Tame Impala’s Facebook page, they announced that keyboardist and bassist Nick Allbrook has left the band. Nick is also the lead singer of Pond, but there is no comment on whether he has left Tame Impala to focus on Pond full time or not. Allbrook will be replaced by Cam Avery. Good luck to Nick, who I’ve seen as both a member of Pond and Tame Impala many times.
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Tom Petty Beacon Ad
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are playing the iconic Beacon Theatre at the end of May 2013. May 20, 21, 23, 25 and 26th to be exact. Are you going? I am and I am excited!!!
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Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde
Death is a part of life and yet, I am having a hard time believing that spiritual guru Stuart Wilde has departed from this earth. Several websites have confirmed the news, so I know it to be true. On May 1, 2013, Stuart Wilde suffered a fatal heart attack in Ireland. While I never met Stuart Wilde, I have been a fan and admirer of his teachings for a very long time and his wisdom has made such a difference in my life, I am forever grateful to him. Whereas so many spiritual teachings make you feel like you would have to live in seclusion for the rest of your life to achieve inner peace, Wilde’s teachings were the exact opposite. When reading one of his books or listening to one of his lectures, you felt as if you were at a pub with your good mate, who just happened to know a TON about the way the universe works and the true laws of nature. He broke things down in a way that made it simple to understand, a way in which so many spiritual teachings lack.
Stuart Wilde wrote over 20 books and ALL of them are essential reading. There have been so many times where I pick up a Stuie book, open it at random and the advice on those pages seems to be exactly what I need in my life at that moment. His books such as “Infinite Self,” and “Silent Power,” have inspired me and changed the direction of my life as his words taught me to better empower myself. He encouraged being an outsider (or “fringe dweller” as he put it) and most importantly, he always infused humor into serious subjects. Stuart Wilde’s teachings always came with the warning – don’t just read these words, TEST THEM and if they turn out not to work for you, throw them out and find what does work for you. However, time and time again, Stuart’s teachings proved to be right on.
I’m very sad that I will not get to learn from him in person, but his books and DVDs will be essential to my life for as long as I inhabit this planet. Stuart, all I can say to you is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the invaluable teachings you have left behind for not just me, but for all of us. May you rest in peace! Namaste.
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Sad news from the music world. Legendary DJ and producer/remixer Peter Rauhofer has died of brain cancer at the really young age of 48. Though Austrian, he was a New York club legend regularly spinning at venues like The Roxy. He was lucky enough to remix EVERYONE from Depeche Mode to Madonna to Kylie Minogue to Pet Shop Boys to Yoko Ono! He even won a Grammy for his remix of Cher’s “Believe.” I saw him spin many times and of course have burned countless calories listening to his remixes at the gym. He may be gone in body, but his music will live on forever. RIP Peter.