Carole King has made it into Round Three of a March Madness-style fan voting tournament.
The Village Voice music blog Sound of the City is holding The Quintessential New York Musician Tournament all month long. 64 different bands and musicians, broken up into four divisions (Uptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklyn), face-off for readers to vote them through to the next round, modeled after the NCAA basketball playoffs. In Round One, Carole King went head-to-head with glam/punk band the New York Dolls, and won. Chris Molanphy wrote a stirring argument in support of the New Yorkness of Carole. Then she defeated heavy metal band Anthrax, despite Maura Johnston’s write-up favoring Anthrax (and failing to acknowledge Carole’s recent concert touring successes). Today she faces off with New Wave rock band Blondie. Watch this page for the results and links to vote.
New York sure has given birth to a variety of music. Unfortunately here in LA, she’s not getting as much support. The album rock radio station KSWD 100.3 The Sound is holding their March to the Vinyl Four. Taking classic rock’s greatest albums, listeners get to vote for their favorite. In Round One, Carole King’s Tapestry went up against Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s debut album (Pronounced ‘lĕh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd) and won. But the album didn’t fair as well yesterday. Round Two brought Tapestry up against Led Zeppelin‘s self-titled debut album. Zeppelin fans are hard-core and have staked out territory on that station for some time, so Tapestry probably never had a chance. See the current results here.