Archive: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Predicting Animal Collective's Future

You are getting sleepy. Also, you are becoming obsessed with our band. (Takahiro Imamura) There was this really silly comment left on Patrick Foster's Camper Van Beethoven review a couple weeks ago (yes, this post has been sitting in an unfinished state for a while) that said (sic): "come on...

By David Malitz | January 30, 2009; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Live Last Night: Roy Ayers

"This band is ridiculous!" said veteran jazz and R&B vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Blues Alley on Thursday night, long before some of the most ridiculously playful funk surfaced -- and there was no shortage of that. Drummer Lee Pearson feverishly soloed with a towel draped over his face, splintering the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 30, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Your Halftime Performance Says About You

Since the Arizona Cardinals are involved, it's pretty hard to get excited about Sunday's Super Bowl. Maybe that's why everyone is so pumped for the halftime show with Bruce and the E Street Band. Predicting the set list isn't just for bloggers and Bruceologists who spend too much time refreshing...

By David Malitz | January 29, 2009; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: The Killers

How did it end up like this? It was only a kiss. (Torey Mundkowsky) Let's have a hand, please, for the stage-crasher who seized his 15 seconds of fame during "Bones." It's a dull song from the Killers' worst album, and while the invader, dressed like a solider in the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 29, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

Super Bowl Predictions

Malitz and I already predicted Springsteen's half-time set, back in September. He liked this foursome: 1. "Rosalita" Perfect upbeat opener, those few thousand superfluous dancers sure to be on the field can easily choreograph something to this. 2. "Glory Days" It's the Yankees victory song (retired until 2009, suckers!),...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 28, 2009; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (7)

Breaking Up Is Easy to Do

There's a lot of things that I'm gonna miss... (By Michael Schmelling) In a typically cryptic, humorous and odd manner, David Berman announced the end of the Silver Jews late last week. Regular readers know that, well, I sort of liked the Silver Jews. To use one of my...

By David Malitz | January 28, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Thievery Corporation

Based on its late-'90s assemblages of samba, lounge jazz and soundtrack music, Thievery Corporation is still known as a "downtempo'' act. But the formerly studio-bound duo's music has intensified as its onstage lineup -- and popularity -- has expanded. Tuesday at the 9:30 Club, on the first of five...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 28, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Out: Ryan Adams. In: Todd Snider

One of the more interesting music-news items I saw during my paternity demi-leave was about the retirement -- or not -- of Ryan Adams. The prolific y'allternative singer-songwriter hinted on his blog that he was leaving the music world -- though he never actually said he was hanging up his...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 26, 2009; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

Coming Attractions: Bruce and the E Street Band

(Gerald Martineau/TWP file) Ladies and gentlemen, start your speed dials. Just announced: Working On A Dream Tour BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND Verizon Center Monday, May 18 | 7:30 pm Tickets on sale Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. The on-sale date comes the morning after Bruce...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 26, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

Live Last Night: Benny Golson

Between his two performances at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night, Bill Cosby dropped by the venue's Eisenhower Theater long enough to fashion a comically discordant, ham-fisted piano improvisation during NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson's 80th birthday bash. Standing a few feet away, Golson appeared to be both touched and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 25, 2009; 5:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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