Archive: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Kennedy Center Honors: Singing George Jones's Praises

George Jones, all these tender years later. (Peyton Hoge FTWP) Whether or not you think George Jones is "the greatest voice to ever sing country music," as Garth Brooks told The Post last week, you'll almost certainly agree that the Possum belongs on country's Mount Rushmore. To put it simply:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 5, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Friday Fall-ies: The NWRA

Song: The NWRA Album: Grotesque (1980) Number of other compilations/live albums it appears on: 4 Possible Band Names Derived From Lyrics to This Song: Joe Totale, The Future Death of My Father, Government Pap How-ah many times-ah does MES add his famous suffix-ah: Too many to count; it's a 9+...

By David Malitz | December 5, 2008; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kennedy Center Honors: Pete Townshend Riffs! (And Riffs. [And Riffs.])

Pete Townshend picks up his guitar and plays, just like yesterday. David Segal drew the assignment to interview the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey for the big Kennedy Center Honors package running in this Sunday's Style & Arts. Lucky him! As it turns out, he could have filled the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 4, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Grammy Nominations Recap

A funny thing happened when Celine Dion read the nominees for album of the year during last night's Grammy nominations concert: there was no reason to gasp in horror or befuddlement. All five of this year's nominees are, well, pretty good. Maybe even very good. And it's even a relatively...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2008; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night (Two Nights Ago): Vampire Weekend

(All pictures, as always, by Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson. Go Rondo!) Some people really love Vampire Weekend, as evidenced by the fact that the Brooklyn band's two sold-out shows at the 9:30 club sold out within minutes of going on sale. Some people really despise Vampire Weekend, calling them preppy-indie...

By David Malitz | December 4, 2008; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Axl Could Learn From Angus

So the numbers are in, and "Chinese Democracy" is officially a commercial disappointment in addition to being a mild artistic disappointment. (OK, TWP's review was fairly positive, and the album is sitting at 67 points on Metacritic. But David Cook got 67 points, too! And let's face it: Come March,...

By David Malitz | December 3, 2008; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (11)

I Turn My Camera On: Q-Tip and the Cool Kids

On Sunday night the 9:30 club hosted Q-Tip, the legendary MC who helped propel A Tribe Called Quest into the hip-hop pantheon. Sarah Godfrey reviewed the show for the paper; Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson took some pictures for the blog. It doesn't matter that rapper Q-Tip no longer creates music with...

By David Malitz | December 2, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

From The Archives: Duluth Does Dylan

In youth's early days, Bobby was happy and free. (Duluth News-Tribune file photo) Forty-five years ago, plus or minus a month and a half, the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune published a long feature on a hometown boy by the name of Bobby Zimmerman. He was already Bob Dylan by then:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 1, 2008; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

Where's My Clipse Mixtape???

Coming back into the office after four days off is never easy. But what was going to make today a little better was the release of "Road to Till the Casket Drops," the latest mixtape from Clipse, only the finest rap group in the world these days. But I've been...

By David Malitz | December 1, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blowin' Lamely In The Wind

The musical low point during Tina Turner's mostly superlative Verizon Center concert last Sunday came during one of her greatest hits: "What's Love Got to Do With It," which sounded like a laughable period piece, thanks to all those cheesy '80s synths. And none of the synth sounds was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 1, 2008; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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