Archive: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Rock the Bells: Vital Albums, Part 2

The original idea here was to pick the five best albums by Rock the Bells participants, and it looked like we were well on our way after immediately agreeing on the first three titles. But then I nominated De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising," and Malitz insisted that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 25, 2008; 7:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night, On TV - Episode 2

Man, this turned out to be a much bigger undertaking than I anticipated. At least I'm getting to use my DVR a lot. For the record, I'll only be watching new episodes, so no complaining about me missing Thrice on Conan. And it's a Friday through Thursday thing. 1. Ricky...

By David Malitz | July 25, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions For ... OAR

OAR found success the old fashioned way. Deep down, most people harbor at least faint dreams of showing up at their 10-year high school reunion as the biggest success of the class. But for those of us who graduated from Rockville's Wootton High School in 1997 or 1998, we...

By David Malitz | July 25, 2008; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rock the Bells Vital Albums, Part 1

The Rock the Bells tour hits Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday and the lineup is stacked. There's plenty of up-and-coming talent -- the Cool Kids, Spank Rock, Wale, Santogold, etc. -- but the presence of so many of hip-hop's heavy hitters is what makes it one of the best tours...

By David Malitz | July 24, 2008; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hey Virgin Festival Decision Makers - Ditch Book the Band

Hollywood Undead, coming to a stage near you. Unfortunately. It's got to go. In theory, maybe it's not a terrible idea. You embrace the Internet, have a direct connection with the fans and give a chance to an up-and-coming act. But in practice you end up with a band...

By David Malitz | July 24, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (13)

Whartscape Wrap-Up: I Think I Might Be Getting Too Old For This

That's the conclusion I reached after a weekend spent in Baltimore for Whartscape. (Read my review of Saturday's show here.) It's very much an "It's not you, it's me" situation. I just don't have the energy or enthusiasm to match what those Charm City kids bring to the table. But...

By David Malitz | July 23, 2008; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (4)

Summer Mixtape, Track 12: "That Summer Feeling" - Jonathan Richman

We've sort of slacked off on the whole Summer Mixtape thing but what do you expect? It's summer, the perfect time for slacking. We'll start it back up today with a slight mood shift. Most of the songs featured so far have played to the hot and steamy summer vibe....

By David Malitz | July 22, 2008; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Six (More) Questions With ... Thurston Moore

President for life in the daydream nation. Thurston Moore is in full-fledged flogging mode, making the rounds to talk about his new book, "No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980." He called recently for this story - but after 40 minutes of chatter about no wave's cacophonous, confrontational music...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 21, 2008; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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