Archive: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

SXSW: The Homosexuals Provide the Festival Highlight

AUSTIN - I just had the closest thing to a religious experience since my bar mitzvah. The Homosexuals played the most dynamic, explosive set I've seen in a couple years. For the half hour immediately following their set at Spiro's all I could think to myself was, "Holy (expletive), I...

By David Malitz | March 15, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

SXSW: Friday Haiku-Reviews

Howlin Rain Classic rock update Riffs like Deep Purple and Free Just need a blacklight Monotonix Beer poured down the pants Garbage dumped on drummer's head Nothing quite like it The Night Marchers It sounds like Hot Snakes Makes sense - John Reis fronts the band Agit-punk done right Jay...

By David Malitz | March 15, 2008; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (2)

SXSW: Thursday Haiku-Reviews

Georgie James Stripped-down duo show Better sound than on Conan Doing D.C. proud Le Loup Banjo! And French horn! Tambourines, lots of guitars Arty but catchy Mika Miko All-girl punk mayhem Telephone as microphone Makes you jump around Jay Reatard Flying Vs, big hair As punk rock as punk rock...

By David Malitz | March 14, 2008; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

SXSW Snapshot: Jay Reatard

AUSTIN -- Here's a tip: Do not be late for a Jay Reatard show. If you take your time and get there 20 minutes after it starts, you might just miss most of it. A performance by the outlandishly prolific 27-year-old from Memphis is sort of like being in a...

By David Malitz | March 14, 2008; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

SXSW: Totally Ridiculous Band Alert -- Dark Meat

AUSTIN -- Did I just get hit on the head with something? That's what I was thinking as Athens, Ga., weirdo collective Dark Meat was setting up for its Thursday-night set at the Vice Records showcase. It turns out I did indeed get conked. By a bouncy ball. You know,...

By David Malitz | March 14, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

SXSW: Hanson Report (No, Not Beck Hansen, Those Oklahoma Kids)

AUSTIN - On a day when I stood 10 feet away from a stage that hosted Mika Miko, Jay Reatard and Times New Viking, the loudest moment was when the following was shouted directly into my ear: "OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO WHOLESOME AND POLITE!!!!" Rest assured, the young...

By David Malitz | March 14, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

SXSW: And Now, In Local News

AUSTIN - I'm in the parking lot of a vintage clothing store but I may as well be at the Black Cat. Le Loup is on stage, playing its accessibly quirky brand of banjo- and french-horn-driven indie-pop. Georgie James (performing as a duo) preceded them and six more D.C. bands...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2008; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

SXSW: Lou Reed's Colorado River Wind Meditations

That's the story of my life. AUSTIN - The keynote address for this year's South by Southwest conference was given today by Lou Reed, so of course I went. I mean, "Sister Ray." What else do you need to say? It wasn't a speech but instead an interview conducted...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

SXSW: Timing Is Everything

AUSTIN - I'm not going to say Night One wasn't a success ... it was just more of a learning experience. The layout for the South by Southwest festival is perfect, all within a few very walkable blocks that are closed to traffic. There wasn't much I was dying to...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

SXSW: Appreciating Post-Prime R.E.M.

AUSTIN - Seeing R.E.M. perform in 2008 is sort of like seeing Greg Maddux pitch in 2008. What you're witnessing is far from a peak era performance, but there's an undeniably special feeling you get from simply being in the presence of such greatness. And every once in a while...

By David Malitz | March 13, 2008; 5:21 AM ET | Comments (10)

SXSW: Mission Statement

AUSTIN - The mission for my maiden SXSW voyage is simple: see as much good music as possible. Perhaps that seems obvious or quaint or even boring but to me it's a no-brainer. Three nights, two days, hundreds of great bands - it would be silly not to take full...

By David Malitz | March 12, 2008; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance Report

Marry, (blank), kill - go!. I was stuck in the office late trying to get everything in order before heading down to Austin, so I missed the first hour or so. I then DVR'd the rest and fast-forwarded through everything that wasn't a performance. No speeches for me. Speeches...

By David Malitz | March 11, 2008; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

I Was Up Late Watching VH1 Classic and Wrote This Blog So I Wouldn't Feel Quite So Lame About It

There won't be any Two-Minute Man for a couple of weeks since I'll be in Austin and then San Francisco. But rather than leave you without any content about songs that are a few decades old, here are some random thoughts I had while reading Baseball Prospectus and watching the...

By David Malitz | March 11, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Up On 'The Wire' With The Pogues

The cheese stands alone - but David Simon doesn't. Last night, while "The Wire" finale was airing on HBO, series creator Simon was at the 9:30 club, spending the evening with the Pogues ... and 1,200 of the band's closest, booziest fans. This according to TWP music correspondent Chris Klimek,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 10, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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