Archive: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Live Last Night: Camper Van Beethoven

Camper Van Beethoven's songs never sounded dated or forced. (Sana Olsson) Once you get past fretting about Camper Van Beethoven's place in rock history, the group quickly become an enjoyable, off-kilter garage band. Or competent eastern European punk-folkies. Or slightly annoying prog- rockers. Or, well . . . you get...

By David Malitz | January 9, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Old Favorite Thing: Sleater-Kinney, "Get Up"

Now that it's the last year of the decade, we can start preparing ourselves for the barrage of end-of-the-'00s lists that will start cropping up any day now. ("Merriweather Post Pavilion," album of the decade! I don't even think I'm kidding right here.) Radiohead will likely be crowned band of...

By David Malitz | January 8, 2009; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Best Shows of 2008: Old-Man Version

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry. (Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson for TWP) Malitz has weighed in with his annual list of the Top 10 Concerts By Kinda-Sorta Obscure Artists, though he went off-script by putting Kanye West's powerhouse Virgin Mobile Festival set at No. 1. (For my money,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 6, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

R.I.P. Ron Asheton of the Stooges

Ron Asheton, the Stooges guitarist whose buzz-saw riffs on the band's first two albums helped lay the foundations for punk rock, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning. He was 60. It's a pretty shocking loss. Asheton has been on the road with Iggy Pop and the reunited Stooges...

By David Malitz | January 6, 2009; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Shows of 2008, Malitz Version

1. Kanye West - Virgin Mobile Festival, Aug. 10 Virgin Mobile Festival gave us living legends (Dylan, the Stooges), '90s alt-rock heroes (Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails), indie stalwarts (Wilco) and fresh faces (Paramore, Lil Wayne). But there was only one megastar at the peak of his powers, and...

By David Malitz | January 5, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (3)

Best of 2008: It Ain't the Sales Data

Viva la vida, or death and all his music-retailer friends (shown here in happier times). Nielsen SoundScan has released its year-end report, and the numbers aren't pretty, with album sales off by another 15 percent and no single album cracking the 3 million sales mark - the first time that's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 5, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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