Archive: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Six Questions for ... the Spider Bags

Look at all those Chuck Taylor's! If you watched "The Wire" the band name Spider Bags might mean something to you. If you didn't watch that show, well, I'm sure you're pretty sick of at least one of your friends telling you, "Man, you gotta watch 'The Wire!' You...

By David Malitz | October 10, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Animal Collective's Merriweather Memories

Indie faves Animal Collective have a new album arriving in January, and while it was recorded at a studio on in Oxford, Miss., its title pays tribute to the band's Maryland roots in a surprising way. The album will be called ... "Merriweather Post Pavilion." After the Frank Gehry-designed amphitheater...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 10, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night: Future of the Left/Ted Leo/Against Me!

I wish there were more shows like last night's triple bill at the Black Cat. Three decent-to-very-good bands, with my interest in said bands being inverse to headlining status. That way I can get close for the band I'm interested in, while the crowd is still filling in, and treat...

By David Malitz | October 9, 2008; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

When Critics Won't Let Bands Escape Their Past

In our latest IM-conversation-as-blog-post, Freedom and I go a little "inside baseball" and talk about whether reviewers should compare a band's new album to that band's best work or if that's just living in the past, man. Malitz: So after I more or less panned the new Oasis album in...

By David Malitz | October 9, 2008; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Six Questions (And Then Some) For ... Nils Lofgren

"Bullets Fever -- happens to me every year!" Long before Nils Lofgren joined the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-quaking, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, etc.-etc., legendary E Street Band, he was Bethesda's boy wonder -- a teenaged prodigy with his own, soon-to-be-acclaimed band, Grin, and a memorable side gig, playing on Neil Young's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 8, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

While part of me is tempted to write some really mean things about Nick Cave because the mustachioed-sicko canceled his interview with me on less than 12 hours notice (I demand the same respect as a doctor; what I'm doing is at least 1/587th important), I just can't. His two-night...

By David Malitz | October 7, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (4)

PR Pitches Whose Subject Lines May Or May Not Make You Giggle: Vol. 1, No. 1

Subj: Jessica Simpson To Join Rascal Flatts' "Bob That Head Tour" I am not making that up. But get your minds out of the gutter, people: "Bob That Head" is the name of a Rascal Flatts song about ... rockin' out. (Theoretically, to a Rascal Flatts song itself.) "Got the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 6, 2008; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night, On TV - Episode 5

Well, at least there was Nick Cave. 1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!" (Conan, Friday) There should have been a disclaimer before this performance: "These are professionals. Do not attempt this at home." This was just a small taste; Sunday night was a bigger helping...

By David Malitz | October 6, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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