Archive: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

The Two-Minute Man, Episode 5: Still With the Coldplay? Edition

There have been some terrible songs featured on previous editions of the TMM. I didn't think it could get much worse than Live's "I Alone" a few weeks ago but I wasn't counting on Weasel actually playing Sting solo material from the mid-'80s. Yikes. More bad than good this week,...

By David Malitz | December 14, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (15)

PR Pitches We Never Finished Reading: Vol. 1, No. 3

The Material Girl is Hall of Fame material. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) This morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2008 induc... Just kidding! We actually did read the list. Then we re-read it to make sure it was for real. The 2008 class? Leonard Cohen The...

By David Malitz | December 13, 2007; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (16)

'I Like Ike'

(AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini) One of the most striking things about being in Clarksdale, Miss., 10 years ago, when Ike Turner played his first hometown concert in three decades, was how he was received. Ike was reviled around the world for the way he'd treated Tina Turner - particularly...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 13, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Whole Lotta Love? (No.)

Things can change. Hell, for instance, can freeze over. (See: Eagles, the.) Or somebody can wave the possibility of a gigantic payday in front of you. But for those looking to put money down on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour becoming a reality, you might want to read what Robert...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 12, 2007; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Boys Who Sing Like Little Girls Are Kings Of 'The Hills'

Like Afroman says: Because I sing high!(Lois Raimondo/TWP) "I sing like a little girl." - James Blunt, at the 9:30 club, 3/13/06 That, he does! When I reviewed the doe-eyed one's show last year, I noted that there was an upper-register pandemic in popular music, where sensitive-guy pop-rock artists...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 12, 2007; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Back In Through The Out Door

Robert Plant and John Paul Jones last night in London. (Reuters) Some band named Led Zeppelin played a show last night. Perhaps you've heard of them? We weren't there (promoters wouldn't give us a credential), but Rolling Stone's David Fricke was. Same with Ben Ratliff of the New York...

By David Malitz | December 11, 2007; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brenda Lee: 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever'

You know you loved her song in "Home Alone," don't deny it. (Mark Humphrey/AP) Why is this woman smiling? Because it's that that time of the year again. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is the gift that keeps on giving - or grating, depending on your perspective (e.g., you...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 11, 2007; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Billboard Dregs: Why?

Josh Groban, the top selling artist in the nation this week. What's going on? A recent look at the Billboard Top 10 was a sobering experience. I know not to expect much but this was far worse than I thought things could ever get. From the top: Josh Groban,...

By David Malitz | December 10, 2007; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (12)

PR Pitches We Never Finished Reading: Vol. 1, No. 2

Hello, The holiday season is upon us again and what CD to buy or traditional holiday song to download on your favorite iPod or mp3 player can be a challenge. If you are looking for something different and fun, with a big band flair, ......

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 10, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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