Archive: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Best Song of the Year That Sounds Like It's Going to Be "Boys of Summer" For the First 10 Seconds

"Taking the Farm" - The War on Drugs Seriously, doesn't it sound like it's going into Henley territory at the beginning there? But instead it veers off into Bruce-at-his-most-Suicide (the band)-obsessed-ville, which is a good place to be. The Philly band's debut, "Wagonwheel Blues," is one of my most-listened-to albums...

By David Malitz | September 19, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

Long Awaited Barista Update

Since everyone seemed to enjoy my last tale of talking music with a barista, I figured I'd give you an update. That barista is long gone, but today I once again got the, "Have I ever asked what kind of music you listen to? You're wearing those headphones all the...

By David Malitz | September 18, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

R.I.P. Norman Whitfield, Motown Studio/Songwriting Ace

The producer and songwriter who displaced Smokey Robinson as the lead producer for the Temptations and helped usher Motown into its psychedelic, socially conscious era has gone to a session in the great Studio A in the sky. He leaves behind a string of truly potent singles and album tracks...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 17, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

More From the Chat: It's an Oddity

In yesterday's fun edition of Freedom Rock, there was this little exchange: Silver Spring, Md.: J. Free, What is your absolute, stone-cold favorite track on your iPod... "oddity" division? Mine would have to be Bill Cosby in the late 60s/early 70s covering "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Beats Carl...

By David Malitz | September 17, 2008; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (10)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 4

Hold on hold out ... for the new stuff. Another entry on our list of things artists should never, ever do on a concert stage. 6. Do not make a big deal about inserting new songs into a set list heavy on old, familiar fare. (And especially avoid asking permission...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 16, 2008; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (8)

Photo-Caption Contest: The Killers

Island Def Jam just announced the details of a new Killers album: "Day & Age," out Nov. 25, produced by dance-music dude Stuart Price, first single 'Human," etc etc etc. What really struck me about the release, though, was the band's new publicity photo: It's ... um ... well ......

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 15, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (13)


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