Archive: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

(A Couple More Than) Six Questions for ... Half Japanese

Jad Fair of Half Japanese. One of the many great scenes in the Half Japanese documentary "The Band That Would Be King" finds brothers David and Jad Fair talking about playing guitar, and it perfectly captures the essence of the definitive do-it-yourself band. "Some people worry about chords and...

By David Malitz | July 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions With ... The Alarm

Rhyl calling! It rained in Washington yesterday. In the summertime. Perfect! Because Mike Peters of the Alarm was calling, and as anybody who knows anything about '80s Welsh rock recalls, the Alarm had a hit 21 years ago - on both sides of the pond - with the anthemic,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 10, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Summer Mixtape, Track 9: 'On a Sunday Afternoon' - Lighter Shade of Brown

Based on the old Young Rascals tune, "Groovin'," this is a delicious nothingburger of a pop-rap song about hanging in the park, drinking beer, grilling carne asada and bumping lowrider-worthy oldies with your homeys on a carefree Sunday afternoon - which may or may not make LSOB the Latin-rap equivalent...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 10, 2008; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 8: "Paper Planes" - M.I.A.

Who were the geniuses who decided to release M.I.A.'s "Kala" on Aug. 21 of last summer? If any album was meant to be blasted at full volume during the hottest and most humid days of the year it was Ms. Arulpragasam's world-tour-de-force. As it was, it was almost an entire...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2008; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Adventures in Hipster Profiling

I have a very special relationship with my Starbucks baristas. I go to the same store at the same time and order the same thing every day. They see me walk in the door and my drink is ready before I even get to the register. See, the "evil corporations"...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2008; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (31)

Summer Mixtape, Track 7: 'American Boy' - Estelle featuring Kanye West

Though it's not a massive hit - at least not in America itself, where it's barely inside the Top 40 on Billboard's singles chart - this is my favorite new song of the summer. (It's apparently one of Jay-Z's, too.) A breezy, will.i.am-produced electro-pop jam with a thumping disco beat...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 8, 2008; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Go There: Rules of the Road Vol. 2

For those about to rock ... we re-tune our guitars! Continuing Post Rock's laundry list of things artists should never, ever do at a concert, a couple of rules came to mind during last night's Fleet Foxes show at the Black Cat. (NPR has the audio archive here.) 3. Do...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 8, 2008; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Week: I Go To Too Many Shows

Oxford Collapse, Black Cat, June 30 - This is a band I had been meaning to check out for a while, mainly because they have one fantastic song and WaPo reviewer Patrick Foster made them sound extra great in one of my favorite reviews that's run in the paper over...

By David Malitz | July 8, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

When Clay-mates Attack

He's still so pretty, oh so pretty ... Long after I closed the door on last week's chat, some of Clay Aiken's fans busted into the chat room to raise hell (as only Clay Aiken fans can, natch) over this brief exchange: Northern Virginia, Virginia: Don't people want to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 8, 2008; 8:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 6: "Ghetto Superstar" - Pras (f. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya)

Back in 1998 this song was inescapable. I certainly couldn't escape it, at least. I did that thing where, after graduating high school, I went to the beach for a week. (Well, I only went for a few days because I came back early for a Caps/Sabres Eastern Conference Finals...

By David Malitz | July 7, 2008; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

¡Dame Mas Gasolina!

The touring life: It's a gas. (Linda Davidson/TWP) What's that Bloc Party lyric? "The price of gas keeps on rising/Nothing comes for free." Of course, their song is a sneering anti-war, anti-capitalism, anti-American screed, but who's counting? This not just in: The price of gas is up, up, up....

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 7, 2008; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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