Archive: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

The Two-Minute Man, Episode 4: Does That Make Me Sentimental? Edition

It was a pretty good week on everyone's favorite environmentally conscious, not-quite-classic-rock, terrestrial radio station. When Talking Heads can't even crack the top half of the countdown, things could be a lot worse. 1. "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley It's always a bummer when a truly fantastic song gets so overplayed...

By David Malitz | December 7, 2007; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (4)

Best New Who?

One of the most entertaining Grammy categories is always Best New Artist. That's because, in addition to the usual dash of Grammy irrelevancy, we also get some extra cluelessness and straight-up factual inaccuracy. Let's face it: "new" and "Grammys" don't really go hand in hand. The Old Guard is always...

By David Malitz | December 7, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grammys: And The Nominees Are...

Amy Winehouse, Amy Winehouse - and, also, Amy Winehouse. (Did we mention Amy Winehouse? [And what about Kanye West?]) How many writers will lead their Grammy nominations stories today with something like this? "The Recording Academy said yes, yes, yes to Amy Winehouse." (Second graph: "But they said no to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 6, 2007; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (18)

Grammys: Does The Recording Academy (Heart) Fergie?

I mentioned in this week's Freedom Rock chat that it's always worth noting who's been invited to the annual Recording Academy news conference to announce the Grammy nominees. Since, you know, those who show up to announce the nominations are often rewarded with nominations themselves. Reuters considers this trend in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 6, 2007; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Brian Wilson: Writing Chords Is 'Godly,' Phil Spector Is 'Zany'

(Jonathan Alcorn) I had lunch with Brian Wilson, and all you got was this lousy story. Here, then, are some bonus outtakes from our interview. On stage fright: "It's the worst. I have stage fright every single concert I've ever done. I have at least four or five minutes...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 5, 2007; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

When Elton Met Brian

Here's something that didn't make my Brian Wilson profile on Sunday: Elton John's trippy recollection of meeting the Beach Boy genius in SoCal many, many years ago. "I met him for first time in 1970 when Bernie [Taupin] and I went out to L.A.," he says. "We were introduced...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 4, 2007; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brian And The Blowfish

From TWP's report on last night's Kennedy Center Honors: [Brian] Wilson got the final set of Honors, a tribute kicked off by a fuzzy-as-ever Art Garfunkel, who described hearing Wilson's music for the first time: "It was this unique, crazy creation: a mix of rock-and-roll and heartfelt prayer." And, er,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 3, 2007; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Steve Martin: A Wild And Crazy Bluegrass Guy

The banjo Steve Martin used to use in his comedy act? The one he used to play while he had an arrow going through his head? And that gave him a crazy case of the happy feet? Turns out that he takes the instrument very, very seriously. Check out...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 2, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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